Free stock photos for bloggers

16th February

No matter whether you are a baker or a builder, you need to have a visual brand. Did you know that images combined with text help us understand and connect more? Forget your logo; this is about telling the story of your business through pictures and words. As bloggers, we need to source (or take our own) images and copyright is a massive issue. Yesterday I stumbled on a listing of sites that share free stock photos. Today, I’m sharing it – that’s what the blogging community is all about!

Image copyright has become a huge issue online and rightfully so – photographers need to be credited for their work. And this doesn’t just mean adding a credit or link. You must seek permission before publishing any image on your blog. The other option is to learn how to take your own images but it’s great to have other choices.

I have made a collage below using images which I found on these sites. Images that you can crop, add text too or do whatever you want

free stock photos for bloggers

So get ready for a visual party. I suggest you set up a private board on Pinterest to save your favourites. I bet these images will trigger blog post ideas.

  • Little Visuals – “Sign up to get 7 hi-resolution images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days. Use them anyway you want.”
  • Unsplash – “10 new photos every 10 days.”
  • Death to the Stock Photo – “Free high-res lifestyle photography sent to you monthly, to do whatever you please. For your blog, social channels, mockups or even to hang on your wall if you’re so inclined. No need to credit us – but we always love a nice shout out.”
  • New Old Stock – “Vintage photos from the public archives.Free of known copyright restrictions.”
  • Superfamous – “Photographs on this page are available under a CC Attribution 3.0 license.”
  • Picjumbo – “Totally FREE photos for your works. New photos daily! Every. Single. Day.”
  • Gratisography – “Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. Click on an image to download the high-resolution version. New awesome pictures added weekly!”
  • Getrefe – “Refe is a marketplace of the best mobile photos. Here are free photos for your personal or commercial projects.”
  • IM Free – “A curated collection of free resources, all for commercial use.”
  • SplitShire  – “Delicious free stock photos for personal & commercial use. Do what you want with them, for personal and commercial use. Yes, everything free of charge, just an attribution if you like my work or offer me a coffee through donation to help me maintaining this site free for you.”

A big thanks to Dustin Senos who shared this great list over on Medium.com – another amazing blogging community site!

The next collage of images were found on The Pattern Library – a Willy Wonka-esque collection of bold, colourful patterns. Sometimes, you need a people-free image to create an info-graphic! Simply add your own text. I’ll be including a ‘how to’ tutorial on this soon.

copyright free patterns for bloggers

You’ve no more excuses not to get visual now! Start thinking about what pictures speak your language. Experiment by taking some of your own photos. If you don’t have a ‘proper’ SLR camera, take a mobile phone photography course with Photo JoJo for just $10! If you’ve any questions about visuals on your blog, let me know and I’ll include them in a blog post for you!

 

2 Responses

  1. Derek Bell says:

    Aisling, this is a really useful post. Thanks so much for making this available. Finding quality images without having to worry about copyright infringement is probably one of the surprises for eating in to time for me. If I happen to come across any other sites like this, I’ll make sure to send them your way!!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Derek –

    I totally agree! I even found that looking at some of these pictures triggered post ideas. Please do share any other image resources you find. It would be great to keep growing the list.

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