Welcome back to another week of Blogging Basics with Love the Here and Now and Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos. Each week Lindsay and I discuss a blogging topic that hopefully comes in handy to new bloggers and may even help seasoned bloggers as well. Writing a blog post is so much more than just putting your thoughts down on the screen. You ought to include photos and graphics as well. Not everyone has the skill of a professional photographer, or may not have the time to even take photos for their blog. That’s ok. Today we are going to share with you some great stock photo resources where you can find photos for free or little charge. Be sure to stop by and see the sites that Lindsay recommends as well.
Before we begin, there are things you need to know about using stock photos and the legality of them. Some photos require attribution, while others are able to be used without any attribution. Be careful with what you use and be sure to know what the owner or site’s rules are. I found a great article highlighting the ins and outs of using stock photos. To be on the safe side, I do one of two things. I either purchase my photos or use sites that state that their photos are in the public domain and require no attribution. What is the public domain? Simply put, this means that there are no copyright rules and they are available for anyone to use. Attribution means giving credit for the photo and acknowledging the owner of the photo. You will often see this done with photos being captioned “Source” and having it link to the owner.
Stock Photo Resources
Pixabay has a wide variety of pictures to fit many needs. One of my favorite things about this site? It has a search function so I can easily search for whatever it is I may be needing.
Canva is a site that may not readily come to mind when you think stock photos but they do have many free options. Looking for something a bit more? You can purchase a photo for $1.00.
Another great site that also utilizes a search bar so you don’t have to scroll through page after page hoping something catches your eye. Added bonus? Sign up for their newsletter and they will send you photos only available to their email subscribers.
You will have to purchase these photos but the price point is so reasonable that you may not mind. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter as well; each week they send you an email with 6 items to download (may or may not include stock photos, may be graphics or other items).
Unsplash has some beautiful photos that lean more towards scenery and landscapes in my opinion. Each week they add 10 new photos that you can download.
Death to the Stock Photo
Another site where if you join their mailing list you will receive monthly photos via email. They also give the option to become a Premium member which grants you access to 400+ photos.
DesignersPics is an easy to navigate site that gives you a wide range of photos.
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This site is constantly adding new photos so be sure to check back often.
Another site that has a search bar option, email and newsletter photos delivered to your inbox, as well as a Premium membership option.
This site definitely has some unique photos and more photos of people than other sites I have come across.
SplitShire has some unique photos as well and several categories to explore.
This site makes it easy to search for Creative Common/Public Domain and photos that require attribution. They have lots of beautiful photos like this one from photographer Katie Purnell.
Are you a food blogger or just looking for photos that revolve around food? Look no further…this site is for you! From chocolates to fresh produce, burgers to pizza; this site will leave your mouth watering.
This is another site that may not readily come to mind and one that may cost you a bit more. You will definitely have to search for photos here. Try using the phrases stock photos and blog photos to search for photos.
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Looking for more of a stylized stock photo and information on how to use them? Be sure to check out my posts on Styled Photography, Getting the Most Out of Your Stock Photos, and Adding Screen Shots to Styled Photography.
Do you have any resources that I didn’t mention for stock photos? Be sure to let me know what they are in the comments below. Head over to Lindsay’s blog and see where she recommends for stock photos!