Finding Free Stock Photos For Blogs Has Never Been Easier
OK, you write an informative blog post full of useful tips and ideas that you think hits the mark, but you don’t have a great image to go with it, what can you do? First off don’t panic, because today there are buckets filled with beautiful free images that you can use to add the perfect topping to your blog post. And those buckets are located online.
In the online world of free images there certainly more than 10 websites offering free stock photos for blogs and others endeavors, so I’ve narrowed it down to what I think are a collections of the best for you to choose from.
Spend a little time picking out two or three of these image repositories and jump in. Once you start your rummaging around you’ll be amazed at the quality, creativity and generosity you’ll find on each of there websites.
1.Pixabay has for many years offered bloggers and creatives a huge resource of free photos. Recently they have added videos, illustrations, and vector images to their catalog of offerings. I’ve use Pixabay for years and have found some very nice images to use from their constantly growing collection of images.
2. StockSnap offers a huge selection of images from its ever growing collection that you can use without attribution, but I highly recommend you give credit to the creator of any image you use. I’ve found some very interesting photos on Stock Snap that have sparked my creativity.
3. Unsplash has been around for a while and is full of images that I don’t often see at other free images sites. When I start searching for free stock images for blogs, i start that search on Unsplash before I search anywhere else. I find some of the most creative images I’ve ever seen on Unsplash.
4. Pixels offers some very nice and high quality images to meet all your needs. Pixels offers what they call “Legal Simplicity” which is just this “All photos on Pexels are free for personal and commercial purposes.” Couldn’t be much simpler than that, right? I enjoy finding original images at Pexels and browse their site often.
5. Reshot is a site I haven’t spent much time at , but from what I’ve seen I can assure you I’ll be going back often. Their tag line is “Handpicked, not-stocky images.” Check them out for some very original images.
6. Foodiesfeed A specialty site with tons of free stock photos for blogs and any other use you can come up with for delicious looking images of food. My advice for anyone who visits this site is to watch out, all the these great looking photos will make your mouth start watering and you taste buds will do a little dance. “Foodiesfeed is a resource of awesome naturally looking food photos that are completely free to download.” Check it out.
Picography does not yet have a huge selection to choose from, but there are some very nice images that may fit your needs. Keep an eye on there site from time to time, you may find a gem.
Licenses And Attributions
Even though millions of images are available free from copyright restrictions or simply licensed using the now familiar creative commons in the public domain license allowing you to use them virtually anyway you’d like including commercial use, it’s always a good idea to check the requirements or each image so as to completely understand what the photographers requirements for use are, if any.
And even though an attribution may not be a requirement the photographers have put on the use of their images, it’s a good idea. When we use a free image in our own work and let others know who created the image we are encouraging that photographer to continue to make their work available for all to use.
Make it a habit of adding a link at the bottom of your posts or pages that lead to the photographers bio or home page as a way to say Thank You.
Over a few decades I’ve come to see that Creativity is not about having good ideas, it’s about taking those ideas and making them into something tangible. Creativity is not a thought but an action of production. And to get to the action of creativity you must first be curious.