One of the simplest methods to add interest and color to your web site is to add images. They’re attention grabbing. However getting hold of the right image for the subject matter at hand can prove tricky. Just pulling images off Google can be sketchy as most are copyrighted and I wouldn’t recommend anyone who is creating a professional site follow this route.
So where does that leave you? You need an image of the Grand Canyon, but you don’t have time to get over there – you’re a busy web developer remember where time is money. Besides your camera skill might be up to the task.
This is where stock image libraries can save the day. For under a dollar in most cases you can bag some great images. You pay more as the image size increases but for most web work you can get away with using the smallest size images. I’ve used a few libraries such as iStockimages.com, Shutterstock and Dreamstime.com - I’ve found lately that I lean to using Dreamstime more than anyone else as they seem the cheapest, and I can normally grab the image I’m looking for. If not then I’ll head over to one of the other two.