Running a blog isn’t easy. Whether it’s writing copy, scheduling social media, developing SEO skills or taking photos, a blogger’s to-do list is never ending. With that in mind, this new series of posts aims to offer some tips and tricks that will help with the daily grind of running an online site.
When I first started running my old fashion and beauty blog back in 2010, I wasn’t that interested in taking photos. At the time, smartphones were fairly new and, like most of my 15-year-old friends, none of us could afford them. Spending money on a DSLR camera wasn’t justifiable and, as a wannabe-writer, I much preferred spending time writing posts rather than taking photos on a then very frustrating point-and-shoot.
Of course, my opinions about photography have completely changed since then. As both a blogger and a content producer, taking pictures is one of my favourite things to do. I also believe you can take some gorgeous blog photos regardless of your equipment. That said, if you’re still struggling or (like yesteryear me) want to spend more time writing rather than shooting, there are plenty of sites that offer free stock photos.
What are free stock photos?
Unlike paid stock imagery sites, some stock photography databases offer a large number of images that are published under a Creative Commons Zero licence. This means that the photographer has dedicated their work to the public domain and the image or photo has no copyright on it.
Due to having no copyright on it, bloggers or creatives are able to ‘copy, modify, distribute and perform the work’ for personal or commercial purposes and therefore can use the photo on their blog, website or social media channels without having to pay.
The best sites for free stock photos?
I personally use four stock photo sites to find free photos and images. I even upload some of my own photos to one of the site’s and are available to use few of charge. The sites I use are:
All of the sites listed above offer a range of images. Whether you’re after flat lays or more general lifestyle shots, there’s plenty of variety and I couldn’t recommend them enough.
What else should I be aware of?
Before you start downloading images from free stock photo sites, I always recommend double checking the licensing page of both the website and the image before you use it. Licensing is subject to change and, whilst this blog posts aims to give an overview of sites you can use, images rights or the website, itself, may have altered since the time of writing this blog post.
For more information surrounding the licensing on each site visit their individual pages:
There we have it – those are my top four places to go for free stock photos. Hopefully, they’ll make your blog’s to-do list a little more manageable. Where do you get your blog photos from? Do you take your own or use websites like the ones above? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time.