Hey friends! Last week we talked about why photography is so important for our blogs. So this week I thought it was only fitting to share some great places you can go to upload images for free for your blog.
Have you ever tried searching for stock photos online? Only to be led to a bunch of sites you had to pay $20 for a simple image? I have searched free pics to upload, upload images for free, upload pictures for free, download stock images free…and the list kept going and going. I never could find what I was looking for.
Finally I buckled down and asked around for some help and found out there were actually quite a few awesome sites that you can find download free images from. I am sure I am missing a bunch and I will update this list anytime I find a new site, so make sure you save this article for reference!
Lots of high quality images. I was kinda confused the first time I used it. (maybe I should be blonde) I clicked on an image to “download” and then a new screen popped up but nothing really happened. You have to put your curser on the image again and then click “test drive image” to see how you can use it. Some, but very few, require a link back to the image so just make sure you use them correctly!.
Another great site with high quality images. When you search for an image, the whole top row will show shutterstock images. If you click on one of those you will be directed to that site and have to pay for the image, so make sure you you realize what you are clicking on.
If you are looking for shots like this, then Superfamous is where you will find them! They are free to use but you have to include credit to the site.
Talk about a cool site. Every 10 days they load 10 photos. Its not a searchable site so make sure you sign up for the email and download photos that you like so you can use them in the future!
Another super cool site with tons of photos in all kinds of categories. Just make sure if you are you give credit on photos that ask for it!
There isn’t a TON of images here, but the ones that are listed are AMAZING! Great colors and all kinds of design styles!
They have a great collection and I would be shocked if you could not find something you were looking for! Lots of high res to just normal every day photos.
They have a great mix from vintage to modern and weekly photos too! Not as many as some of the other sites listed, but note worthy none the less.
A huge mix of photos in just about every category you could think of. Not all photos have great quality and one thing that drives me nuts is the tiny previews of the images. But its a searchable site so if you know what you are looking for it won’t kill your eyes as much. Most photos I have found do require you to give credit on this site.
Here is another site sort of like Unsplash. He puts out 7 new photos every Thursday and they are gorgeous Southern California shots! These photos are free to do with what you will. Thanks Jay!
If you are looking for some vintage photos..or if you are like me and just like looking at things that happened our history. Here you go! All free and clear to use as you will on your sites!
And last but certainly not least…Your own photos. Now that it is getting nice I would go for a walk and take your camera. Take random photos of things you see that catch your eye. Chances are that if it is catching your eye, it could also catch the eyes of hundreds on the internet!
Take pictures of bugs, neat buildings, landscapes, your table with breakfast or dinner set up pretty..the list is endless. Not only will you be practicing your photography skills, you will be adding some photos to your stock that you can use for background images for cover photos.
This post is just a photo I took of my laptop sitting at the table. Luckily I had it because when I did this post I was on the prowl for a photo just like it for the background and I found it in my files. Perfect!
If you have a *DSLR and want to learn how to use it, I highly recommend taking a class. Craftsy offers a TON of great ones. You read about them on last weeks #blogtiptuesday post, or join their affiliate program HERE for the details, look under Affiliates.
Secret Sauce..if you are a blogger and you join their affiliate program they send you a free course of your choice!! I don’t know if this will last forever because it’s not public, but its worth a try to see if you get it and they have a great affiliate program so you can earn extra cash having a banner in your sidebar!! Join *HERE.
PS. If you know of another source and are willing to share your inside info, please leave it in the comments and I will update this post with any new places I find. So bookmark this in Pocket, or pin it so you don’t forget!
Have a great Tuesday friend
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