“Where can I find good free blog photos?” – It’s a common question for businesses with blogs and social media profiles.
While your own photos might work some of the time, it’s not usually realistic to only use our own. Stock photography can get very expensive, especially when you’re blogging consistently.
The one thing you should never, ever do is use photos you find in Google Images. These images belong to the websites that they’re already on and using them on your website is theft. Don’t do it or you could end up getting a bill for using the photo without permission (and bad karma).
When using stock photos, whether they’re free or paid, it’s important to be aware of the rules. There are 2 simple rules that are most important for businesses.
Stock Photo Rules
- Attribution – Some photos are available for free, but attribution is required. This typically includes a caption giving credit to the photographer and a link to the website the photo was downloaded from. I’m all for giving photographers credit for their work, but this isn’t always ideal for photos used on website pages. Blog posts are the exception.
- Commercial Use – Some photos, again whether free or paid, are not available for commercial use. Each stock photography website handles this differently so I prefer to only use images that are ok to use for commercial use. Better to be safe than sorry.
Here’s a short list of the best websites for free blog photos. These websites offer quality, free photos that do not require attribution and are ok for commercial use.
Where to Find Free Blog Photos
Unsplash: You’ll find beautiful, high quality, high-resolution photos here. There are a lot of landscapes and outdoor photos available here but there’s plenty of variety too. In fact, the photo used for this blog post is from Unsplash. You can use the photos as you wish and don’t need to give attribution or link to the site.
Pexels: Probably the stock photo website I use the most. So easy and convenient, you’ll never want to pay for stock photography again! It’s easy to navigate and download a variety of photos. Attribution isn’t required and commercial use is ok.
Pixabay: Most of the photos are high quality but I also love that you can easily search for exactly what you’re looking for. Just like the other options above, you can use these photos for whatever you’d like and attribution is not required.
Burst: This stock website is from the folks at Shopify. I like this stock photo site for small businesses because many of the photos have a commerce feel. The photos are good quality and appropriate sizes for web use. No attribution is required.
I like “free” as much as anyone else, but some projects warrant paid photos. In that case, there are several great options but I have found DepositPhotos* to have the best selection for the best prices.
Happy blogging and good luck finding photos for your next posts!
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