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This just in: Death to the Stock Photo

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computerandcoffeeAs social media marketing becomes more and more visual, the need for images is growing at a rapid pace. With that comes a cost that some companies may not be able to afford. You may have heard of stock photography sites such as Shutterstock, Getty Images or iStockphoto. Some of you might even have accounts for them. While they offer great variety and tons of photos to choose from, they can also be costly.

I recently stumbled upon a new photography site called Death to the Stock Photo. This isn’t your average stock photography website. In fact, this company is against your typical stock photo, if you haven’t noticed from its name. Death to the Stock Photo was created to help brands, bloggers and creatives find images that fit their vibe. The best part – it’s free! All you need to do is sign up with your email and new collections of free, high-res photos will be sent to your inbox every month. When you download the images each month, save them somewhere on your computer so you can have access to them at any time. If you delete them on accident, just go back into your email and download the images again.

If you want to upgrade you can do so for $10/month. With a premium account you will get an extra pack of photos each month, have access to all past and future packs online and find and download images at your convenience. All premium profits funnel straight into funding to send photographers all around the US and Canada to take shots for the image packs.

The images are a little more artsy than your typical stock photo, but that’s what makes them special. All the photos used in this blog post come from the image packs I’ve been sent so far. The photos may or may not fit your brands visual aesthetic in an obvious way, but it’s worth a try and a free alternative to typical stock images.

Keep in mind that unlike other stock photography websites, Death to the Stock Photo does not include illustrations with text or vector images. They only offer photographs. If you need a way to add text to your image, you can use tools like Canva or PicMonkey (both are free tools) to add additional elements to your photo. My last blog post “Basics for beginners: free tools to bring out your inner designer” can tell you all about them.

Let me know in the comments if you start using Death to the Stock Photo and what you think of it!

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