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A colleague of mine passed along this relatively new resource site today: www.LightStock.com – It follows a similar business model to www.iStockPhoto.com, www.123rf.com and others.

LightStock.com - Royalty Free Christian Photos

What makes this venture a bit more interesting than “just another stock photo site” is the claim of integrating a Christ-centered lens.  Take a look at some of the vision that is shared on the LightStock.com site:

The unwavering belief that there are thousands of photographers who are hungry to use their God-given gift to equip the body of Christ and ultimately glorify God.

An invigorating idea that Lightstock could fundamentally change the way Christian designers, chief creatives and church staff members go about their creative endeavors for Christ’s kingdom.

The unrelenting pursuit to forge the strongest link – connecting an army of faith-based photographers to the Christian community at large – an audience hungry for meaningful visual resources.

 

The concept is that all photos that appear on the site will follow at least one of three attributes:

  1. Shot by a follower of Christ
  2. Visibly faith oriented
  3. Invisibly highlights God’s glory, goodness and mission for His creation

I plan on checking out the site the next time I need some images for blog posts or projects.  The big question will be if their respository is deep enough to become a reliable source of quality images on a consistent basis.  But it definitely is a welcome entry into the royalty-free image resource niche for sure.

Check it out at: www.LightStock.com

Does having a Christ-centered approach to a business and resources as stock photography make a difference?  Is it enough to potentially compensate for lack of inventory, features or other benefits found on competitor sites? Please share your comments below.

People connect visually before they consume the content they are presented.  If it is engaging even before they come into focus with the words on the page, you have a higher chance of gaining and keeping someone’s attention.

But an all-text flyer with 5 different fonts in 4 different font sizes doesn’t really count.

One of the easiest ways to raise the bar in your ministry’s communications is to use stock photography and other graphics that are of professional quality.  So illustrations, photography and other graphics is something I regularly try to use in all my communications.   What most people don’t know is that there are great resources on the web that are either free or reallllllly cheap (like $1!).

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I’m constantly in search of decent royalty-free stock photography / graphics sites.  Of course, some of the sites I use regularly aren’t explicitly Christian sites (like www.sxc.hu).

And now, there is a small crop of Christian stock graphics and image sites out there that are worth bookmarking and searching for the next public document you produce in your church or ministry. . . Continue Reading…