Anybody can take a decent photograph these days.
Even smartphones have more image processing power than you need.
But you don't even have to take a photograph because there are several websites to choose from that allow you to download high quality images for free, and without the requirement to credit the photographer.
Unless you have an eye for a great image and the ability to capture what you need, leave it to the professionals.
Unsplash is my go-to website for free photographs.
You could also check out:
How to take good photographs for your website
- Grab your iPhone or equivalent smartphone
- Turn off the flash
- Find a good source of natural soft light; window light on an overcast day is perfect
- Decide on your orientation (landscape orientation may be best - check how your website's theme displays images)
- Shoot lots of photographs and select the ones you like
- Crop to taste
- Edit if required (be consistent if you use filters)
- Upload to your website (use JPEG Mini first - see below)
- Crack open a bottle of your favourite juice
Really useful and beautiful photograph editing apps
JPEG Mini is a magic treat as it allows you to dramatically reduce the image’s file size without affecting the physical size of the image. Don’t ask me how. A smaller file size means a faster website - your users will love you more, and so will Google.
VSCO is great for filters, but less is more. And be consistent. This does not mean that you should use the same filter for each image.
Over is a beautiful app (there is also a desktop version) that allows you to get incredibly creative, adding graphics and text to images.
Illustrations, cartoons and vectors
Have you considered not using photographic images?
Graphicmama has an excellent article that links to some amazing resources for illustrations, cartoons and vectors:
My personal favourites are:
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