Posted on 18 Jun 2020
When it comes to sourcing high quality imagery for your adult website, there are many great resources on the web for you to chose from. These range from the subscription based platforms that require a fee to access thousands of fully licensed images to the free sites that offer the same service with smaller selection pools.
As an adult website building company, we have worked with nearly all of the possible sites and have found some to be more useful than others. Here is our list of best stock image sites that can help improve the visuals of your site now.
For me, Pexels sits alone at the top for free stock images. The site is clean and professional which translates to the images that are available on the site. There is a large selection to chose from in a large range of different topics and subjects. One of the things I like best about Pexels is that it seems to have more unique images than all of the other stock image sites. The User generated format ensures that the images are updated regularly which is incredibly handy if you are running a blog, especially one which covers current affairs. If that wasn’t enough, Pexels also has probably the most unique selection of videos available too. From a marketing standpoint, pixels legitimately provides enough footage and Mary to run a campaign without having to pay for a professional shoot. You obviously have to be a little bit more creative with the footage but for businesses with a smaller marketing budget, it is ideal.
To many people, Unsplash is the premier royalty free image site and I can see why. There are probably more images on Unsplash than any other photo sharing website and like Pexels, many are user generated so you always have new and exciting themes to browse. One of the things I like most about Unsplash is the addition of collections. This gives you the opportunity to have multiple images that are all related, from the same photographer and same setting.
Pixabay is the perfect website for people who don’t really know what it is that they are after. The homepage features easy navigation to the different pages on the site including videos and vectors. The word “cinematic” comes to mind when thinking of Pixabay. It feels like all of the images and videos on here are designed for high end productions that need the spare establishing shot of an area. There seems to be a heavy focus on nature photography with Pixabay, which is not a bad thing but if you’re looking for a site with a bit more variety there are for sure better options.
This site is like any of the others on this list. First of all, there is no free option so you’re a free lancer and want to use a site sparingly this may not be the best site for you. However, what you get with Death to Stock photos is unique and undeniably beautiful imagery that is perfect for bespoke design projects and web based imagery. I have never pulled the trigger myself, after the free trail I was tempted but I still feel you can find that same value collectively though Pexels and Unsplash.
Not bad in the slightest, if it is strictly stock images that you are looking for. However that is both the best and worst part about Can Stock photo. The images are very purposeful but lack any real style. It all depends on the type of images you are looking for and what project you are building. If you need high quality images that are eye catching then you probably won’t find them here. However if you’re putting together a presentation, business proposal that you need very non-branded stock imagery then Can stock photo can offer some value. I do find it difficult to justify the pricing structure though. Nearly all images are only accessible by purchasing a non-watermarked version. My advice would be, have a look. If you find the image that you have been looking for on Can stock then great but don’t look to be blown away.
Powered by Getty, I Stock photo follows the same format as Can Stock and offers a wide selection of images that are all pay to use. Pricing is probably the most expensive out of all the sites on this list and in my personal opinion, is a tad on the “not worth it”side. There is one saving grace for IStockPhoto though, the animations. In terms of graphic design, it can be hard to find sites that have multiple animated or cartoon stock photos. This certainly gives this site something to validate its place on this list.
Very little not to like about Stocksnap. Very easy to use, a nice amount of images available and powered by Shutterstock so you know you’re in good hands. Stocksnap is very much like Pexels, with just a smaller selection of images. There are certainly some great find here and I have personally used this site for projects in conjunction with the sites at the same time. The benefit of free downloads is just something you can’t lose with. Probably not the site you can build a project around but is a nice addition to you