Complimenting your written words with pictures is a great way to get your point across without having to rely so much on your reader’s imagination. Imagery conveys an idea instantaneously and it can help your audience more easily visualize the point that you’re trying to make to them.
“An illustrator is an artist who specializes in enhancing writing or elucidating concepts by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text or idea.”
Today we have more options than hiring an illustrator to do this work for us. The Stock Photography industry was developed to help people that want to use the services of an illustrator but not hire one full time or spend a lot of money on one.
It’s also important to obtain your images legally – one way to make sure you’re protected against copyright claims is to purchase your images from a reputable organization like Shutterstock. You can purchase an image to use in your work and feel secure in knowing that you’ve legally obtained the image for use.
Shutterstock is probably the biggest agency around and with a subscription plan the price per image is very accessible – however, they don’t allow single image purchases.
If you’re just wanting to see how easy it is to use stock images by purchasing one or two pictures – you can go to a smaller agency like DepositPhotos who’ll allow you to purchase a single image or two if you need to. You buy only what you want and have no commitment to anything further.
DepositPhotos is probably the best if you’re just starting out and are not sure what amount of images you’ll need per month or if you’ll have a long term need or not.
Give it a shot – enhance your work with easy to obtain quality imagery!