No doubt, Blogging is a great tool to express your views on almost anything. Most blogging platforms these days give you tools to make your content as impressive as possible – by adding photos, videos, and other multimedia content, you can make turn your content into an interactive story.
Now, the question that arises here is – where to find photographs for your blog. Many newbie bloggers make the mistake of assuming that photos that they find while searching on Google can be used on their blog. The truth is that most of them are copyright protected, which means, you can’t use them unless you have permission from its owner. Therefore, Google Images is not the best place for finding free images for your blog.
Photographers, these days are becoming quite open in sharing their stuff, and because of that they publish their photos under a Creative Commons license. They are several places from where you can find those stock photographs for your blog and in this post, I am going to share 5 such places.
FreeDigitalPhotos.net offers a wide collection of stock photos ranging from Nature to Technology, and from Sports to Travel. It offers small size photos for Free but you can use them only with proper attribution to the owner, which means, you would have to put a link on your website pointing back to FreeDigitalPhotos.net. All photos have larger size available but for that you’d have to pay $5 (medium-sized photo). Registration is required.
This is one of the best sites on the Internet where you can find free stock images for your blog. There is no restriction on file size, you can download highest resolution images and use it wherever you want without the need of putting a back-link to FreePixels.com – though, you can if you want to. There is no need to register on this website, just visit FreePixels.com and start searching for what you want – the site has high quality stock photos from various categories.
This site offers more than 100,000 free high-definition stock photos that you can use without the requirement of linking back to StockPhotosForFree.com. You can search for pictures using keywords, or just browse different categories – once you find the photo you want to download, click on the Download button. You can either register on the website by filling in your details or simply login via Facebook. The site requires you to share a link with your Facebook friends, which I think isn’t a big price to pay for high-definition stock photographs.
Even though this stock photo collection site requires you to register with it – there’s no limitations on the size and amount of photos that you can download. It offers a nice collection of free photos, and all of them are available in high-resolution. Like FreeDigitalPhotos.net, you would have to put a back-link in your blog post pointing back to StockFreeImages.com.
Foter.com sources its images from several other websites that includes Flickr. There are many images on Flickr that are published under Creative Commons license and Foter searches through them to display a neat collection of free stock photos. All photos on Foter are not high-definition and it requires a proper credit line along with back-link for each non-commercial use. Foter is a 100% free to use stock photography site that also offers a WordPress plugin, by installing the plugin you can directly add photos in your blog posts.
These are some of the best websites where you can find free stock images – there are several other sites like iStockPhoto.com and ShutterStock.com that offers premium images for commercial use and modification, if you can spend money for premium photos — you just definitely check them out.
I hope you liked this collection, if you have questions regarding stock photography, leave them in the comments section below.