Good stock photos can be expensive, and while worth the investment, if you’re on a budget and investing in great stock images just isn’t in the numbers for you, there are always great free resources available, with some digging and editing.
Pinterest is always full of new stock sites, free stock image resources, “Top 10” posts with the same old websites with the same old images, while very nice, are often used by a large amount of bloggers and allover the web, and can give your post a cheesy, or cheap look if using an image that has been used by a number of other bloggers.
Sometimes a little work is in order, especially if our image is to be specific and related to the post or other information we are communicating. A little digging and editing can go a long way to help your content stand out and have a powerful impact.
I had forgotten about Flickr. I have had a Flickr account since 2007, and had only used it a couple of times, and never for blogging. But recently, I have been doing some searching for specific images and discovered some really great, high-quality images over there, under the Creative Commons license. It did take some digging, and re-searching a variety of search terms, but eventually I found a ton of unique images.
Flickr has an option to search only for images which allow non-commercial and all creative-commons options to appear. It is important to use images that you either own a license for, have permission to use in the way you are using them, or that have creative commons usage terms; Otherwise you may be using an image you have no rights or permission and can get sued, slandered, or create a bad reputation for stealing someone’s work. It is best to do things legally and morally when blogging… or other stuff too…
(I found a great explanation on Creative Commons vs. Commercial use for images if you want to look into it a bit more.)
Flickr tends to have a bit higher-quality images, and you can download multiple sizes, as well as comment/thank the creator! (attribution is RAD)
I searched for “fruit”
Got a bit more specific and searched “bowl of apples”
and it did not disappoint.
It can be as simple as getting specific with your searches. Just make sure “All Creative Commons” is checked on the left-hand side of the page.
Yeah, completely forgot about this one. In recent years, Photobucket has perhaps gone down on reliable images of a great quality. But if an image is on Photobucket, it is available for Creative Common use. They have a disclaimer stating that any image uploaded and not marked Private is free for anyone to use for anything.
The images can be less-than-professional-quality. And the search results can be whaaaat…
I searched “fruit”
then “bowl of apples”
So, there ya have that.
Editing can do some wonders sometimes, and cropping, brightening and overlaying some shapes or colors and text can really change the image and give it a more professional look, if done correctly.
Have someone else do all the work for you. Google image search has an option to search only creative common images, to make it easier to get the results you are looking for, and the ability to scour many resources at the same time.
•Type in your search
• Specify “Images”
•Click on “Search Tools”
•Click the option “Labeled for reuse with modification”
There are many free resources online, and some require some digging, and more, some dressing up. But with the right tools, and some patience, you can find great images, and create beautiful graphics for your content and stand out online. It is worth the effort, and your images will be what you make them, so spend the extra time creating beautiful images, it will pay off!
Looking for high-quality, alternative resources for stock images that aren’t Unsplash, Death to Stock, or the other popular stock image sites?
Check out the post on 20 Free Stock Photo Sites (you might not know about) and get the downloadable resource sheet!
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