A rule of communication that I often ignore in this blog is that a visual reinforces the message. This works in online communication, too, and blog, twitter, Facebook, websites, etc should have images that compliment and illustrate the words.
The good news is that this does not have to be an expensive part of your communication effort. There are a number of great resources that are either low-cost or free:
- iStockphoto is the web’s original source for user-generated, royalty-free stock photos, illustrations, video, audio and Flash.
- Flickr offers millions of photos. There’s an advanced search capability that makes it easy to pinpoint what you’re looking for. Check out their Outstanding Shots.
If you use a Flickr photo in your site, there are guidelines that you need to follow.
everystockphoto.com offers a range of free images with various levels of licensing.
- StockVault is a stock photo sharing site where photographers, designers and students share their photographs and images with each other and use for personal and non-commercial designs.
Send me links to other good resources for free or inexpensive images. I’ll create a running list here.