Every church sooner or later finds themselves needing images and graphics. Whether it’s for slides and backgrounds during the worship service, graphics for the church website, or even printables for the bulletin, there’s usually a frequent need for images. Some churches might have a photographer or graphic designer on staff – or a church member who is willing to donate their time and talents. But what if your church isn’t one of those?
At Christian Media Magazine, we want to help fill in those gaps for you. Here we’re going to highlight five websites that offer high-quality images and graphics that you can use for all sorts of media needs in your church.
This is probably one of the most well-known image sites out there, and one of the biggest. Images are available in multiple different resolutions. They are also affiliated with a lot of other big image sites like iStock and Thinkstock. Their images are not free, but they offer many different packages and pricing plans.
This website was started by two entrepreneurial photographers who didn’t like the high prices of some of the bigger stock photo websites. This site offers a monthly free subscription package that you can sign up for via email. They also offer a paid package for a very modest fee.
This website offers both free and paid options, depending on how you want to use an image. One great feature of this site is that they offer high quality photos as well as graphics. So whether you need nature photography for your worship slides or call-to-action graphics for your website’s donation page, you can find both here.
Morguefile offers their images completely free of charge, as well as giving users the rights to change or enhance the images in any way. The quality of the images can vary – most are professional, high-res images, but some are merely snapshots. Some graphics can be found on this site, as well.
Another completely free image website. Like Morguefile, you’re allowed to change or enhance the images, or even use them for commercial purposes without a fee. This site offers hundreds of professional, high-res photos.
And one bonus resource! Canva offers hundreds of free images and backgrounds, as well as photo editing features, templates, and more.
And if you have another favorite image website that’s not on this list, please share in the comments!