Where To Get Photo Stock Pictures For Your Blog!
Ok, friends, I’m a gal of lists.
I make lists ALL THE TIME. If you’ve been following my blog you’ll see lists because its how my brain works. There are several sites online that you can get free pictures. When I started blogging I used pictures from those site only. Some people love them, and I can totally understand why. The pictures are free, and the artists are talented. Total win-win for a bloggin newbie. It’s best to read the small print on these sites to make sure that you abide by the rules and regulations of use of the pictures.
10 photo sites offer “FREE” pictures!
- Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/
- Wikimedia Commons : https://commons.wikimedia.org
- Pixabay : https://pixabay.com/
- Unsplash : https://unsplash.com/
- Negative Space: https://negativespace.co/
- Pic Jumbo:https://picjumbo.com/
- Makerbook: http://makerbook.net/curated-free-photos/
- Stocksnap : https://stocksnap.io/
- Kaboompics: http://kaboompics.com/
- ISO Republic: http://isorepublic.com/
So keep reading for a sec OK?
The other night I stumbled upon an article here: https://abundancepracticebuilding.com/marketing/sued-copyright-infringment/ written as a caution about photo stock use in a blog, website, or other published form.
Friends, all I’m going to say is that it put me in a panic!
See, I’m relatively new at this blogging thing, and have used some pictures off one of the major sites that offers “free” pics. I didn’t do anything more then download, then upload, and then post, and trust that those pics I’d used were safe after all the reassurances from the individual site.
I’d read something about investigating further using Tineye @ https://www.tineye.com/ to do a “reverse lookup” to see where the picture was originated on the internet. I found that five of my pictures from a “free” photo stock company were actually posted on stock photo sites FOR SALE!
I was mortified!
So a few days ago, I spent my day removing each and every picture from the “free” site off ALL social media, and within my content, and uploading new photos that I purchased from a stock photo company. Most of my “free” pictures besides the 5 were not infringing any copyrights, from what I could tell, but I really didn’t feel like I wanted to take that risk.
Other bloggers out there say you either take the pic or buy the pic, and just assume its copyrighted unless otherwise proven. Buying pictures for my blog off a stock photo site was a choice that I decided to make for myself, however, I know many that have no problem finding pictures off one of the “free” sites above. Also based on blogger forums, I can tell that its widely done without a care by many bloggers. To each their own is my opinion.
Here is a list of 12 places to BUY stock photos!
1. istockphoto : http://www.istockphoto.com
2. Shutterstock: https://www.shutterstock.com
3. Depositphotos : https://depositphotos.com
4. Gettyimages: http://www.gettyimages.com/creative-images
5. StockPhotoSecrets: https://www.stockphotosecrets.com/
6. Adobe Stock Photos: https://stock.adobe.com
7. Envato Market: https://photodune.net/
8. Alamy : http://www.alamy.com/
9. 123rf : https://www.123rf.com/
10. Stockxpert: http://www.stockxpert.com/
11. Dreamstime: https://www.dreamstime.com/
12. Crestock : http://www.crestock.com/
And just one more thing….
What it boils down to is
Also how much risk you’re willing to take as a blogger or publisher.
There are tons of options either way!
For me, I’d rather pay for my pictures, and I’m happy with my choice.
** Update! There is one that I did not mention in my article that I have since used. The website is called Canva. With this site they have both free & paid for pictures and illustrations. I have used Canva for pinterest pins, blog posts, and even ebooks. They have been a great resource and I highly recommend them!
Happy blogging friends!
Where do you get your photos from?
Wishing you All The Luck of a Magpie!