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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Read the fine print when you get stock images so that you know if or how you need to attribute that photo.
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.
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.
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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.
- Check out these sites for great stock photos.
- Evaluate how much you can spend on photos to make a great impression on your blog.
- Beware of free photo sites, because they may not have permission to use those photos.
What are your favorite sites for stock photography? Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
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