Not everyone can afford to take their own Chief VP Operations Email Lists photos or design infographics—luckily, you don’t have to! There are tons of websites that offer free (or very inexpensive) stock photos to slice and dice into your own hero image.
I just started using Canva, and it’s awesome! There are plenty of stock images to choose from, ways to edit them with text, or you can upload your own photos to work with. They boast 75 million images to choose from; all of which are searchable and categorized. Canva may not be ideal for a webpage hero, but absolutely could help with designing an email hero!
Along the same lines, Creative Market and Stocksy have a wide offering of stock photos, templates, graphics, and fonts. The majority of these require a purchase, but it’s nothing too insane—$20 to spend on a bundle for branding your website sounds worth it to me.
Via Unsplash. Anyone else hungry now?
If you’re looking for high-quality photographs to use as hero images,
check out Unsplash or Pexels. Both offer stock photos licensed under the
Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license (allows for the free distribution of what could be a copyrighted work). You may find an overlap between these as they all are run by photographers—
but there is such an immense library of photography, I doubt you will!
Pexels feeding my wanderlust
If you want something truly authentic but can’t commit to a photographer, don’t underestimate the power of your cell phone camera, a lens accessory, and a quick internet tutorial.