Less than 10 years ago, the majority of users were on snail-paced 28 kbs dial-up connections, which meant that images had to be used sparingly.
The internet has developed at an exponential rate - and today's larger monitors, faster processing speeds and broadband connections have changed websites beyond all recognition.
Quality photography can have a dramatic impact on your website, and fundamentally change how your business is perceived by potential customers.
The choice can be bewildering – there are thousands of stock libraries with millions of photographs and images.
Getty Images are the biggest and have cornered the market. They are also charge a premium.
If you only require a handful of key images, then libraries such as iStockphoto sell individual shots for just a few dollars.
However, if you want to build-up a comprehensive library for your company, Shutterstock is unbelievable value - allowing you to download 25 shots a day for a month, for only £149.
Basically if you haven't paid for the photograph, you can't use it. Somebody owns it, somebody created - picking shots from a Google Image search could land you with a hefty bill / court appearance.
If there are photo libraries you would like to recommend, please contact us for inclusion on our list.