Connect, Lead, Equip: How to Get Photos for a Ministry or Community Project
Be it presentations, outreach flyers, postcards, informational emails, or other various materials, imagery is an important element of most ministry or community projects. Thankfully, there are some helpful stock photo resources available. Below are some popular places to obtain imagery.
Free Stock Photos:
Pexels (Free Photos):
Pexels may be worth a look for your photo needs. It is one of very few free photo resources. The Pexels site explains that complex licenses can be difficult to understand, which is why all photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose. Learn more about simple Pexels photo usage here: https://www.pexels.com/photo-license/
Pixabay (Free Photos):
Pixabay’s website explains, “Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist.”
It’s helpful, especially to non-profits, that these images are available at no cost, but it is wise to review the guidelines on using their free photos… https://pixabay.com/en/blog/posts/public-domain-images-what-is-allowed-and-what-is-4/
Paid Stock Photos:
Sometimes the needed photos just are not available via a free source. So, Adobe Stock has a good variety of photos and integrates fantastically with other Adobe apps. That means Adobe Stock photos are extremely well integrated with Adobe programs like Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc. Artist contributors add new assets daily, resulting in a large collection of unique and diverse content. Adobe offers a one month free trial option to get started. They offer access to millions of images, graphics, templates, and 3D assets and their most popular plan is $29.99 a month. They also offer individual photo purchase options.
Shutterstock offers over 207 million royalty-free great quality images, stock video clips, and music tracks. From illustrations to vectors, when in need of the perfect image for a website or blog, Lightstock’s single project or monthly subscription plans can be a great image resource solution.
The above resources are all potentially great photo options. Individuals and organizations simply need to assess what works best for their needs.