Unsplash is a game changer for Hobbyists and Freelancers
For some time now, I have been using unsplash. I myself have a profile on unsplash, with some of my photography hobby and travel photos uploaded there. Thanks to recent events, with no wife or kids to take up my schedule, I have even more free time than usual. I have been spending more and more time with images on Photoshop, Daz 3D. I also end up using many of these images in my front end projects, both for hobby projects and also commercial stuff like tutoring.
note: you can find my own unsplash profile here — https://unsplash.com/@jay_neeruhaaku
Flexible License and slightly better Stock Photos
In the last 4 years, 80 % of my revenue has come from clients who reside outside India, mostly in the western countries. That means, I have to be very careful when I use images. Licenses and copyrights are fairly strict on the other side of the world.
Previously, I used to use stock photos. Unfortunately, stock photos (and the websites that give them) don’t have a very good free collection. Further, they cost money either per download or a flat subscription. The subscription is within my reach but the subscription stock photos are almost always of bad quality. You will eventually end up spending a ton of money on individual photos anyway.
That is why, Unsplash is such a breath of fresh air. The license is extremely flexible and the collection runs into thousands, perhaps millions. For instance, today, I was guiding one of my students on making some icon elements. I was quickly able to find the necessary photos. Then, pipe it through Adobe Photoshop, and get my flat, PNG made icons, ready to use in multiple resolutions.
Of course, Adobe Stock is also pretty good, but the collection is more generic and has less variety.
Recently, Unsplash was purchased by some company. This purchase does concern me. It’s possible that, Unsplash, like so many other companies that were bought out, might become a less welcome space. Or, it might not.
Either way, I am glad Unsplash is around, for now, helping small business and full time freelancers like myself.