As a blogger or website owner, images play an integral role to your success. People are visual. They don’t like reading oceans of content. They like looking at pictures, and if you don’t have any, they won’t give you a second glance.
But with all the copyright and plagiarism laws these days, you’re almost too scared to use pictures, because you never know if you are actually allowed to use them.
That is why I want to give you a guide to my 5 favorite places to get images for free to use on your blog, website or any other project you’re working on. I am also going to give you my favorite two places to get paid images (affordable of course), if you are paranoid and would rather be safe than sorry.
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Free Image Sources
All of these sites are free to use and they usually offer really high resolution pictures. These places have networks of freelance photographers that supply the pictures for free, so don’t forget to give them a little love by liking their content and acknowledging them when you use their images.
Unsplash is a network of freelance photographers who share their work willingly. Anyone can open an account for free to use images found on unsplash in any way they want to.
One thing Unsplash asks of you though, is to add a little tag with every image you use from them, to let people know where you got it from. You usually include the person’s name and the company (Unsplash). I think it’s incredibly reasonable to do this, so I always make sure my images contain the names somewhere.
Personally, I love using this network the most, and the majority of images on this blog that you are reading come from here. If I can’t find something on Unsplash, I have a whole bunch of other sites that are just as lovely to visit.
You can also remember that if you are a photographer that would like to connect with the world and share your beautiful creations, you can always sign up to Unsplash as a contributor and submit your work.
Pixabay is an industry favorite among bloggers and online communities. I hear a lot of people talking about Pixabay, so you know you can trust them.
One thing that makes Pixabay a little different, is that they not only have images, but videos as well for you to use.
They are also made up of a network of freelance photographers. I really like these networks, because you see so much passion in them. The photographers really love what they do and it is nice to give them a little recognition.
As with most of these sites, Pixabay is easy to join and all you need to do is make a free account. You’ll instantly have access to millions of royalty free images and videos to boost your brand’s success.
Kaboompics is a very stylish and elegant site that offers beautiful stock photos for you to use as you see fit. They have albums of images from photo shoots, or single images that may interest you.
Something that makes them stand out a little is the complementary color palettes that come with every picture you download. They are based on the colors of the image and you may use them in your content in any way you want to. It really helps to create a brand and complements your pictures so well.
Again, all you need is a free account to start using the vast number of high resolution pictures from Kaboompics. If you want more information, you can also check out their blog at the bottom of every page to stay up to date on everything they offer.
Foter offers a vast range of photographs neatly organised into categories so you can easily find what you are looking for. It works in pretty much the same way as the ones I previously mentioned. All you need to do, is create a free account and get lost in all the beauty.
Their images are all free to use, just remember to acknowledge the photographers when you use their images. The exposure it gives them is good.
If you can’t find images you are looking for in one of these sites, I usually jump between all of them until I find the perfect image, you’ll find it somewhere between these millions of masterpieces.
Canva is different than the other places on this list, because they don’t focus on the images themselves, but rather on designing creative content. The fun things is, that they have a built in image search that gives you royalty free images to use. Sometimes they have paid images in there as well, but you have the option to use similar pictures for free.
With Canva, you can use the images you find, to make amazing social media pictures, blog banners or any manner of cards and invitations right there on the same platform. I honestly think Canva is the best thing I have discovered since becoming a blogger. It is definitely worth taking a look at.
Canva is free to join and you can use as many images as you’d like and make as many graphics as you can, all at no cost. There is, however, a paid premium version that has more features, but I promise you, you can go so far with the free version.
In case you wanted to know, I made the featured image for this post using Canva.
Paid Image Sources
When you buy an image from someone, you have the rights to use that image as you please. There will usually be a section that explains exactly what you are allowed to do with that image and what you aren’t allowed to do. Buying images is sometimes better than using free ones, because then you are absolutely certain about the copyright, so you can never go wrong.
Creative Market is a favorite among bloggers. The reason is that they offer so many creative and digital resources that you won’t even know where to begin looking.
One of their sections is dedicated to images that you can buy at very affordable prices to use as you see fit on any of your blogs or projects.
Their other sections include anything from logo templates and texture graphics to website themes and social media templates. Everything you could ever need is in one place, and the site is just lovely to use.
If you ever need digital resources, Creative Market is the place to get it.
Envato is another one of those places where you can get so many resources, you might get choice paralysis just looking at it. But that’s why I love it so much. At Envato you can get anything from online courses to a place where you can outsource your work. But you can also find images to buy.
So, if you only need one or two images, then Envato Market is perfect, because you can just browse, pick an image and pay a once off amount for it. They aren’t too expensive either.
The cool thing is that, if you use a boatload of pictures or other digital resources a month, you have an option to pay a monthly fee and use all the resources they have. You could save so much money and get all the templates, themes and images that your heart desires.
That is worth checking out.
Stay in Touch
So, that was my list on where to find images for your blog, both free and paid. It completely saved my life as an amateur blogger, I hope it helps you out too.
So, if you found this article useful, let me know what you think. You can connect with me on any of the social media platform below or in the comments. And if you want a fast way to buy digital resources without having to go on to the sites and be bombarded with promotional material, visit my Pinterest Boards, they have a whole lot of resources that can be quite useful.
If you know of any other places to find digital resources like free stock images, let me know, and I will add it to the list.
To your online success,