Regarding a website design, the images you use could either enrich the website or depreciate it. High quality images are quite useful in passing and conveying a message visually, subconsciously and instantly.
Choosing the right images for the right audience is a key to success. The value of using high-quality images on a website cannot be over emphasized. How can you actually recognise if an image is of high quality?
Below are some factors to consider when choosing images for your business website:
It is crucial that the chosen images are relevant and describes the text they accompany. For example, you would want to use images that are ideal for students where you are trying to target them. Using an office image in this situation might not work. Also, the image should also portray the brand message and the tone of the website. A relevant image will always give a guide on what to do next.
Images of low resolution will come out unclear, unprofessional and untidy. The devices of have high-resolution displays are used this days, which will immediately expose a low-quality image, and discourage people away from your website. Personally, I will avoid using an image than to use a low resolution image. Effective use of high-resolution image will clearly attract the audience.
In a business environment, graphical presentations and infographics tend to engage its users without a need for an accompanying text. You need to figure out if your image will be a .jpeg, .png or an animated .gif. Both .jpeg and .png images work well for corporate and e-commerce website.
To achieve a Professional images make sure that lighting, composition, exposure, sharpness and colour balance are perfect. Most people cannot ordinarily specify what makes an image look professional, but they can often tell when an image is unprofessional
Uniqueness means that the images used are incomparable and can not be easily found on the internet. Even if an image is popular over the internet, try to make it different by changing opacity, adding text, adding blur or merging with another image. Unique Images also means that they cannot be easily replicated on your website.
This option is very budget friendly, but not necessarily the best in all situations, especially when your requirements are very advanced. You can decide to take photographs yourself and you sincerely don’t require the best gadget to take the most stunning images. Your smartphone can also take clear, crisp and professional images that will wow your audience. To improve the quality of your images, you can edit using filter apps or free photo editing software like Gimp, or learn some basic photography skills.
If you are a shoe maker, and you are looking to showcase your shoe collection professionally on your website, you can hire a professional commercial photographer who can translate your images into sales. Peradventure, you are a corporate organization looking to take professional headshot of your board members, an experienced corporate photography agency is all you need.
The only setback on using stock images is that you might not find images that exactly suit your needs and will be forced to compromise. Also stock photographs might not be unique as other people could have used the exact images on their website.
As part of create-it-yourself, if you are skilled enough, you could go the route of creating and designing your own images using software like Adobe Photoshop or CorelDraw. If you feel you haven’t got the time or need an expert touch at an affordable cost, you will need a creative graphics designer.
In summary, high-quality images can help your website stand out in your niche and amongst your competitors. A website design is incomplete without quality images. The pictures have to be used strategically to promote and complement the website’s content. Often, the major factor that keeps visitors glued to a website scrolling and clicking pages is the quality of the images on the website.