By Adam  |  21 Nov 2015 12:00:00

If you want to start an eCommerce business, then one thing you're going to want is some high quality photographs. Maybe you'll want to have some images to go with your blog posts or maybe to be used at appropriate places across your site (a smiling phone worker on the customer support page, for example), regardless, professional level photographs certainly have their place on eCommerce websites. A good business to turn to, if you don't have the resources to produce your own photographs, is Shutterstock.


Shutterstock is a paid service which gives you access to a huge range of photographs which you can use for your website (make sure that you're paying to use them for commercial purposes, rather than only editorial). While there are free services out there (like this one) there are many reasons that you might wish to pay Shutterstock for images, rather than relying on another business’s free supply. The enormous benefit of paying for images is that you'll gain access to an enormous number of pictures and should easily be able to find the perfect photo for any purpose; with free services, there will be much smaller selections. Furthermore, going for free photos online might mean that you're going to get slightly lower quality photographs and it will also increase the chances that other businesses will be using the same images as you on their site.


Shutterstock might be a little pricey, but if you've got room in your budget for it, then paying them to obtain some images might be well worth your time! When people first come to your website, they might just leave right away if things look boring (without even looking at what you have to offer) and so some professional photography work from Shutterstock might prove to be a good investment. Whether you decide to get photos from Shutterstock, a free service or even if you take them yourself, I hope that you will be able to put together a top of the range eCommerce website which will attract a lot of customers!

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