I’m an amateur photographer and I am always practicing that craft. I’ve got lenses, tripods, reflectors, and backdrops. I’ve even gone so far as to make my own backgrounds for blog images which I describe how to DIY here. I particularly like taking my own instagram images too. Even so, I don’t have all the time in the world to curate my own photography to use for my blog posts. If I am inspired, I might set everything up for one day, gather my props, and take and edit 30 images that usually look pretty similar to each other, then save those for random use if they fit my blogging needs. It’s a lot of work!
That said, I’m sure you don’t have time to create all your own blog post images either and I bet since you’re here, you’ve been looking for different places you can get free images that you can 1) legally use, and 2) possibly use without any credits too. Over my blogging history, I have found some key places that always seem to have a good variety of photos to choose from (that way they match my brand) and their websites that don’t make me register for an account. That last bit is important to me because “ain’t no body got time for that!”
Not only do I want to share my list of free stock photo websites with your, I want to give you a few pointers for finding images that work for you – so stick with me.
List of 14 Free Stock Photo Websites:
- Update #1 – Good Free Photos
- UPDATE #2! There’s actually one more resource for free stock photos. We’ve just added a section of free stock photos to our exclusive resources page, and we send updates every month! So, sign up and get monthly updates, plus as a bonus, you’ll get access to so much more! Like our secret facebook group for creative and bloggers.
- Update #3 Creative Market (more than just free stock photos every month)
Now that you have a massive list of websites to choose images from, you may feel a bit overwhelmed and you may be saying “Kayla, these are great and all, but my brand is fairly specific. How can I always get images that match my brand without searching for hours?” Great question! I’m so glad I imaged you asking it 😉
5 Tips on How to Use Free Stock Photo Websites
Number 1 – Keep it simple and limit your website choices.
It’s okay to save all 14 of the websites in your favorites folders, but I suggest you pre-screen them all and pick just 1-3 sites that are your favorites and keep them separate from the others so you only goes to those. You can use the others if you really feel you can’t find something, but limiting your options will make the selection process go much quicker.
Number 2 – Use your brand’s filters.
You may or may not want to filter images, but if you’re going for soft and glowing images, you can easily apply the same filter across all the photos you ever use. This will give your blog a consistent feel and brand appeal. If you’re not sure what a filter is, stay tuned for week 6 for when I cover how to edit and apply filters to photos.
Number 3 – Use Canva to upgrade your chosen photos with text and other features and elements that match your brand.
Create a template in canva using one of their standard sizes or create your own. Make sure to load in your brands colors and design away. The Graphic I used for this blog post is a picture I took myself, but I used Canva to brand it with my fonts and colors.
Number 4 – Use an hour to browse Stock Photos and save a bunch for you to use later.
Imagine if you already had your blog photos saved in a special file and organized just for your topics?! That way you wouldn’t have to search through various free stock photo websites on the day you are trying to get a blog post out. Instead, take an hour or so on one day and download as many that fit your criteria as you can. You’ll save yourself so much time in the future.
Number 5 – Use photos from the free stock photo websites as inspiration for your own photography.
Not interested in using other peoples photos all the time? You don’t have to, but like I said before, it can be difficult to find the time and resources to make photos yourself that are relevant to your brand and website. So, in order to speed up the inspiration process and to give you some fun ideas, consider browsing the free stock photos to help you come up with some ideas.
Thank you for sticking with me through this 52 week blogging challenge. Next week will cover how to make and take your own photos for your blog.