When I’m not writing about church/culture/politics/sex-robots, occasionally I’m going to be blogging about blogging around here. I love writing, but I also really enjoy all the related web/social/design/networking that make up this whole crazy mess. So I guess this is a pretty good place to start, because every good blog/post should have good a good picture at the top.
Sometimes I’ve spent as much time combing through Flickr/DeviantArt/Google looking for a decent image I could use for a blog post as I did writing the actual words. In retrospect, I should have just spent $5 to buy a good image and move on with my life. But back then, I didn’t know about Lightstock. Hopefully I can spare you some of the pain I’ve experienced.
Lightstock is a stock photo company providing Christ-centered, royalty-free images to churches, bloggers, designers, and pretty much anybody else who wants great pictures. I came across Lightstock last month, and I’ve been really impressed with their product, their site, and their people. Here’s why I love them:
1. I love their photography.
In my line of work, I occasionally have need of stock photos. For years, this has meant clicking through dozens – or hundreds – of stale, corporate thumbnail images on big stock photo websites in hope of coming across the proverbial needle-in-a-haystack image that would actually be interesting, beautiful, and/or usable. But on Lightstock, I’ve actually enjoyed just browsing their library. If you’re lacking inspiration for a post/project, wandering through Lightstock’s collections might be a good place to mine ideas.
2. I love their website.
If you know me, you know I spend a lot of time on the internet. In the course of a day I see a lot of pretty websites and a lot of ugly websites. Lightstock is one of the pretty ones. It’s clean without being sterile and boring. Whether looking for a specific image or just browsing aimlessly, I’ve never gotten lost, confused, or assaulted with menus. This may seem like a strange reason to love a company, but if you’ve ever gotten mired in a terrible website whilst trying to find a decent picture, I think you’ll understand.
3. I love their people.
I met Jon and Josh at the Echo Conference in Dallas last month. They’re both super cool guys. I like knowing there’s actual people with faces behind a company. Jon and Josh are those people.
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Full disclosure: Lightstock advertises on Redemption Pictures, and I love that they do because they’re a good company and their ads look good on my site. But this isn’t a paid post, and all opinions are my own.
published August 23, 2013
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