Blogging alone is hard to do but every time you blog you need to have elements to make your blog not only readable… but also beautiful.
Just plain text is boring. I know that there are many blogs out there that have AWESOME content but when it comes down to reading it some visual elements are required.
So today I will be giving you some websites where you can download stock images… use them on your website… FOR FREE!.
Short answer; 5 awesome and copyright free stock photography websites you should know about:
This is the website which I first visit to search for stock images. You’ve probably noticed that I love using images when I start with a new paragraph. Visual media is important to me.
So when I need something I immediately go to Pexels. The stock photography hub Pexels has a wide selection from over 80,000 photographers. New photos are added on a regular base.
All of Pexel’s photos are free to use.
Yes… it happens… sometimes you go to 1 stock images website and you can’t find the perfect image you’re looking for… hence my second favorite stock image website… PixaBay.
(I noticed that I’m starting to use the 3 dots again… I tend to do that when I’m chatting… I will stop doing that from now on… that was the last one.)
PixaBay is unique as it offers not just stock images but also vector art, illustrations, and videos. They have a massive collection with more than a million images.
Some photography on PixaBay can be a little bit weird. You’ll see.
But if you do need fancy images for your website PixaBay is your solution.
PicJumbo was founded by Victor Hanacek. He explains:
I’m just a guy who shares his photos to the world. For free.
I love that saying. There are a ton of free images on this website but they also offer a premium service with a deeper well of images. Even though they have a paid service doesn’t mean they neglect the number of free photos they offer every single day.
You can also subscribe to their newsletter and get free stock photos delivered regularly.
The stock images you find at ReShot is not the same as the other websites I’ve mentioned in this article. I’m not talking about weird stuff but ReShot considers itself the anti-stock stock photography site.
ReShot values quality over quantity. Every image is unique. They offer handpicked, non-stocky images. I love that.
If you’re looking for stock photos with a different maybe fresh perspective, then ReShot would be your choice.
With a vast collection of over 800,000 photos, UnSplash claims to provide “photos for everyone”. They might be right on that one.
Unsplash has a very easy search system but you can go deeper with their awesome category system which includes topics like Texture & Patterns, Current Events, Nature and much more.
The category system actually is very helpful as you might find photos you probably wouldn’t consider normally.
Ok, I’ll be honest with you. You are not required to have images or visual media in your article. You can just write boring long text and hope that you’re visitor won’t fall asleep reading it.
Or you can have awesome images and make your site the awesomest (is awesomest still not a word?) website ever!
I love using images and you’ll always find images on my website which you can use for free. That’s because I took them from the websites I mentioned above.
But before you “steal” the images on my websites do consider going to the websites I mentioned because most of the websites have a way that you can show appreciation to the one that took the photo, video or created the art piece.
Do you have any other websites I haven’t considered? Let me know in the comment section down below.
Thanks for reading,