If you run a blog on your website, you’re going to want some beautiful imagery to go along with it. Images improve the click-ability and readability of a blog post, when people share your post via Facebook or Twitter the first image in the post will be used by default. So, even if you don’t want to, you really should at least include one main or “lead” image.
Finding the right image is tricky, so we’ve put together our top 10 list of free stock photo websites.
Copyright and Creative Commons
Before we get started, here is a quick disclaimer. Most of these image websites provide completely free to use images. However, some of them come with restrictions under Creative Commons licences.
There are different types of Creative Commons licences, some give you 100% rights over the image, some require attribution for use and some completely prohibit commercial use, so please be diligent and double-check with the website author or image copyright holder to make sure.
Unsplash is our favourite free Stock photo website, it is quite “hipster” but also has some great generic, abstract and mouth-wateringly good food images. The only drawback of this website is that it is very popular, so if you’re looking for originality you may want to continue down this list.
2. Death to Stock
Death to Stock work really hard to create photos that don’t look like stock photos. They also regularly do expeditions where you can pay a small amount to get even more original looking photos as only the people who sponsor the expeditions get access to the photos. It’s like crowdfunding for photography.
If you’re a foodie, you need to check out FoodiesFeed, I’ve just had a look through their latest photos and I’m so hungry now!
We’re getting a little bit more “stock like” now, but there are some great finds in picjumbo if you are willing to browse through their catalogue.
StockSnap has a real jumble of great quality images and poor quality images but always worth a flick through as there are some lovely photos there.
6. Gratis Photography
There are some truly bizarre photos on Gratis Photography but its a great place to go if you’re looking for a specific or niche image.
7. Free Range
This really is a free version of popular “stock photo” websites. Free Range has some awesomely cheesy photos but there are a few gems to be uncovered too.
I only discovered Pexels this month and it has a complete mix-up of those cheesy stock photos and high quality shots, worth a browse for sure.
9. New Old Stock
Much like old written publications and books, old photos are sometimes also free from copyright. New Old Stock holds a small archive of these. It’s a bit niche but there are a few lovely and original shots in there that could provide the originality your quality blog post is asking for.
There are some great natural, nature based and wildlife images on pixabay. It is a great place to go if you’re looking for some scenery shots, landscape photos or the obligatory cute kitten!
So, there you have it. There really is no excuse now for finding an image for your blog post!
MAIN IMAGE CREDIT: UNSPLASH.COM