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Having high quality videos and photos on your website has a huge impact on the overall look and feel. Your website can be beautiful, but if you’re sporting low resolution photos or an irrelevant embedded video, your website design will suffer overall. Truthfully, many people do not know just how high quality an image or video they need for a website - and there is such a thing as a file too large, as it causes slow load times. It’s about a happy balance. Further, many business owners do not necessarily have high quality imagery of their business or themselves, nor access to the talented professionals behind the camera. It is expensive and time consuming to organize photo and video shoots, and many business owners do not have the budget or the schedule to allow this. Thankfully, there is a plethora of freely available stock photography and videos (most released under Creative Commons CC0 or “no copyright reserved”) on the ever-amazing internet, and I’ve listed our used and abused favourites below.

Don’t forget to check out DevoKit’s portfolio of stock footage on PixaBay! After using stock imagery and videos for countless projects, we decided to contribute back to the online community.

Burst is run by Shopify, and who better understands website design photography than them? Aside from the fact that we absolutely love Shopify as a brand, their photography selection is great for website design. We rarely come across stock photography we haven't seen before, and all of Shopify's selection is new to us.

High quality videos suitable for video editing and websites. You can get that original AirBnB style for your main page with these. A wide range of really nice, high quality shots for all needs.

Obviously, has a time and a place, but beautiful stock imagery of food and recipes that’ll bring life to your social media or website dedicated to food blogging. A bunch of unique shots that are suitable for recipes or for showcasing dinner parties.

Nice, bright and colourful photos. They also make great social media images. Their sorting feature is great for finding images you may not have originally searched for that are suitable for the business or personal need you're looking for. You can also search by colour, which is awesome if you have an aesthetic to your social feeds.

These are some very artistic and interesting shots. Love the landscape photos and can see this easily applied to a travel blog or social feed. There is some beautiful light play in the shots, too.

It’s Instagram-worthy photography. If you have no media for your business’s Insta, this is a great resource. I love using them for clients' social feeds when they are low on original content.

Really nice videos and very high quality, in tune with their photos. You will find Pexels content posted on PixaBay and other websites, too. Their videos, again, have a very social media-esque feel to them.

Fairly certain that PixaBay has near every stock photo available online. To do a grand-sweep search of a topic, Pixabay is where to go. While Pixabay has a lot of odd stock offerings that can seem meme-worthy in quality, it also has a plethora of awesome work. Nearly every photographer and videographer uploads here (and so does DevoKit!), as Pixabay is such a huge resource for stock. They also have vectors, art, and graphics that are free to use and manipulate as you please.

While they do not have as many options for videos as they do photos, this is still a good collection and conglomeration of what is available online for free use. It is likely that if you search a topic, they will have a video for it.

I put this one at the bottom because it is my absolute favourite and I half-hope no one else will discover it, but also want this one to stick in your mind. Their SEO isn't great, which makes them difficult to find. Their photos are stunning for a social feed. All of them follow an asthetic and, much like Kaboom Pics, can be searched by colour. I love, love the selection and have found many uses for their images. I hope they add more!

If you're a photographer or simply a hobby photo-taker consider uploading your work! There are plenty of websites where you can get exposure, post for fun, or even post for cash. It's also, honestly, a lot of fun searching Google Images in reverse and seeing where your stock photos get used. Ours have been used on websites and in articles and blogs - pretty neat!

Posted by Samantha Lloyd

Samantha is the co-founder and CEO of DevoKit. When she isn't busy running around like an overly-organized and well-prepared chicken with its head cut off, she can be spotted reading the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth time or pretending to have opinions about wine and cheese pairings (all cheese goes with all wine, let's be honest). Her goal is to encourage other women to explore their interests in technology and engineering fields.

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