Your website might have the perfect combination of font style and eye-catching colors, but there is one more aspect not be be overlooked. The pictures, graphics and images you place on your web pages can enhance or impair the entire site. That said, how can you choose the right images, clip art or photographs for your website?
A starting point might be using the stock images you find online. Many are absolutely free. If you choose this option, be sure you have permission from the owner to use the images. Next up, ask yourself this important question: What message are you trying to convey with the picture or image?
Create it Yourself
If you have a specific idea in mind, you might want to capture some images yourself. Get creative with your photography and have it convey a specific message. If you’re taking photos, be sure the resolution is high, or the picture quality could suffer.
Your photos can say a lot about your website. You’ve heard the expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” haven’t you? Your website photos may be more commanding than the actual text you use. Don’t use pictures that have no real value or purpose. Each picture you place on your website should have direct correlation to the product, service or message you’re trying to promote.
Avoid placing collage style photos on a web page. This may give the site a disjointed look. Inside place a single photo alongside of an article or paragraph. Don’t forget to caption your photos as well.
One Final Word About Photos
If you’ve created a public website that allows others to upload photos of their own, you might want to moderate your site. Be sure the images are appropriate for your site before they are uploaded. This might include profile pictures for a forum or blog, as well as any type of image others may upload to your page.