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9 Paid Stock Photography Websites That Will Rock Your Blog

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Stock photography can elevate your blog from ho hum to awesome!



We discussed earlier 5 reasons why you should use stock photography on your blog. So if you read that post and thought “that’s great but where do I find cool stock photos?”, then you are in the right place.

9 Top Stock Photography Websites:

StoryBlocks (formerly GraphicStock)-This is the site I use for my homesteading blog. They have tons of photos to choose from for a great price.

iStock– Premium stock photography for a higher price point.

Adobe Stock-Premium stock photography for a higher price point.

Haute Stock-Boutique stock photography with a certain style and colors

Oh Tilly Styled Stock Photography-Boutique stock photography with a certain style and colors

Shutterstock-Premium stock photography for a higher price point.

123rf-Great photos at a great price.

Kate Max Stock-Boutique stock photography with a certain style and colors

Posh Stock-Boutique stock photography with a certain style and colors

Rules for Stock Photography Use:

I will be writing about this in another post next week, so I will make this disclaimer brief:

  1. Don’t use ANY images on your blog that you didn’t get permission to use before hand. Whether that is from a stock company or another blogger, it doesn’t matter.
  2. DO NOT just grab an image off of google images and use it on your blog. That is illegal and eventually it will get you into trouble.
  3. Read the fine print when you get stock images so that you know if or how you need to attribute that photo.

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If You Insist, Here Are Some Free Stock Photo Sites Too:

Beware that I have heard rumors that it can be risky to use free stock photo websites. Sometimes certain sites will give away free photos without the permission of the owner of the photo. The three sites below seem to be legitimate and a good short term solution to your stock photo problems. Also, read the rules about attribution for each website.

Pixabay

Pexels

Unsplash

Another problem with free stock photos, is that once you start using them you will see the same photos all over the internet. Just search on Pinterest and you will see what I mean!

Places you can get free photos sent to your email:

These sites give away either monthly or one time free stock photos in exchange for your email address. They all have beautiful photos and I’m sure this will be a great way to get started with stock photography.

Pixel Perfect Blogging

Haute Stock

Oh Tilly Styled Stock Photography

Posh Stock

Kate Max Stock

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Stock photography is a great way to increase the quality of the photos on your website. I recommend looking at these websites to see which price point and style suits you and your website. Remember, the 2 most important photos on your website are the Featured Image (Facebook photo) and Pinterest Image. If you can get those 2 photos right, you will make a great impression on your blog readers. In this image heavy, digital world, stock photography will make all the difference.

Action Steps:

  1. Check out these sites for great stock photos.
  2. Evaluate how much you can spend on photos to make a great impression on your blog.
  3. Beware of free photo sites, because they may not have permission to use those photos.

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What are your favorite sites for stock photography? Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!




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5 Reasons to Use Stock Photography on Your Blog

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When I started my homesteading blog, I thought I had to use my own photography exclusively. I thought that using stock photography was cheating or the easy way out. After all, it wasn’t being authentic if I didn’t use my own photos, right?

Wrong!

Stock photography has it’s place in blogging, even if you are good at and enjoy photography.

What is stock photography? These are photos that you use (with permission) on your blog that you didn’t personally take.



5 Reasons to use stock photography on your blog:

1. You are short on time

Sometimes the only time you have to write and finish a blog post is late at night or early morning. Maybe you have a day job and during the winter time you don’t see much daylight. Whatever the reason, you may not have good light to take pictures. It is better to use stock photos than dark or grainy photos of your own.

2. You don’t have access to what you want a picture of

Maybe you want an arial photo of your town. Maybe you want a photo of a bird that only visits your part of the country once a year. Since you can’t hop in a helicopter and take a picture, or wait to find the bird, stock photos are your answer. You can find just about anything in a stock photo. Places you want to visit, but haven’t been to yet. Don’t limit yourself to only photos that you can take yourself. If a story demands a different picture, then get a stock photo and make your readers happy.

Stock photography has it's place in blogging, even if you are good at and enjoy photography.

3. You need more variety

Sometimes you talk about the same topic on your blog many times. You don’t want to use the same picture twice. Maybe you blog about gardening, but you only have 10 pictures of your garden from last year. You are going to run out quickly and need more to choose from. That is where stock photography comes in. Readers demand variety and stock photography delivers.

4. You are writing ahead of time

Take our gardening example again (I love gardening, can you tell). You want to write an awesome gardening post (or 10) to help new gardeners get started. But you live in a colder climate and your readers may live in a warmer climate. If you don’t write your post earlier than you might start gardening, you will miss helping those new gardeners. You may not have pictures of your garden yet, but you have to get your post done. Stock photography saves the day again! Get that post done and on its way while you are still stuck in the snow.

5. You aren’t a good photographer

This is the most obvious reason to use stock photography. If you feel like your photos don’t stack up to other bloggers in your niche, don’t feel bad. They are probably using stock photos too. So while you are learning how to up your photography game, use stock photos to help your blog grow. The most important photos that really need to be the best are your featured photo for your blog and Facebook, and your Pinterest graphic. If you feel you need to up your game, these are the 2 places that you should definitely use stock photos to get noticed.

Photography is an excellent skill for a blogger to have, but that doesn’t mean your blog can’t use stock photography. Sometimes you just need a picture of something that you can’t take yourself. Don’t let pride (or money) get in the way of doing what’s best for your blog and brand. Let stock photography fill in the gaps and continue to learn how to make beautiful photographs yourself in your spare time (I know, what’s that right?).

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That’s what we are here for at Pixel Perfect Blogging. We will help you learn everything you need to know to take beautiful blog photos and use them properly on your blog.

Action Steps:

  1. Evaluate the photography on your website to see if it needs a change/boost.
  2. Find stock photography websites to get better photos from. Here are some ideas on this post about Stock Photography Sites.
  3. Change out you photos that you want to upgrade, especially your Featured Image and Pinterest Graphic.

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Do you use stock photography on your blog? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!




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