According to some statistics about 85% of all images people use on their blogs are subject of copyright infringement. If you’ve ever uploaded a photo from Google Image in your post, the chances are you have committed an act of theft, since, after April 1 1989, almost everything people have created in the U.S. is copyrighted and protected, no matter if there’s a notice or not.
Soooooo… You can’t use Google Images, but you can turn to other resources for cool photos that are safe and won’t get you broke. Here are nine (make sure to bookmark this page to keep them all in one place):
If you need high quality and artistic legal photos for your image-centric blog you should check Stockvault. It’s got an impressive collection of stunning images, backgrounds and logos, but they can only be used for personal, non-commercial purposes. Also be careful when clicking, because there’s advertised content on the site that you must pay for.
The site is like a search engine with access to over 16 million free photos, perfect for blogs that use large images. Some of the images come from places like NASA and the Library of Congress. Just type in your desired searched term and select to download the ones you like the most. The license options are different for every photo, so pay attention to those you end up with.
Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr is an awesome place for cool creative blog images. The trick is only that you also need to be creative to search and select them 😉 Spend some time to look up the site and you’ll definitely find large amount of photos that you can use on your blog. Just don’t forget to link back to the image source and author.
With more than 350,000 quality stock photos, made by over 30,000 photographers, Stock.XCHNG is truly an impressive gallery that covers a variety of keywords. Each author defines their photos own terms and conditions, so be sure to read the small print and eventual restrictions before you start downloading the blog images.
Morguefile is another free photo archive where you can look for reference images to use for private and commercial purposes. The site allows you to search according to keywords, photo size, color, rating, etc., and you don’t even need an account to start using the tool.
On FreerangeStock all images are free of charge for just any blogger. There are beautiful high-resolution images, but to be honest, the range is not that impressive. Still, there are no hidden legal regulations involved with this service as you would find on other photo sharing websites.
If your blog requires some eccentric, abstract and quirky photography, you should definitely go visit FreePhotosBank. It’s what sets this site apart from others of this type. There are lots of regular free stock images available, and you can download them without first creating an account. Just make sure to credit the authors accordingly.
Pixabay is another free site that doesn’t ask for your registration before using the images. You can find free drawings, vectors and public domain images offered here, all of good quality, that you can use in digital or printed format, for personal or commercial purposes, with or without contributing the original author.
If you are more like me, then you’ve probably struggled a lot to find the right blog images from the millions available on Creative Commons and Flickr. Right? Well, this is over. Photo Pin is like a search engine that allows you to easily locate and add the best shots to your blog, ensuring that you aren’t committing any accidental crime in the meantime.
If you are not that keen on crediting others on your blog, and if you still want to have unique and free photos on your blog, then the only good way to go is to take your own photos. It’s your blog and using your own images can add to your authenticity. Make some funny expressions, and upload the images to your posts. But be careful not to hurt our eyes 🙂 Check my post on shooting quality photos with your iPhone.
Do you use images in your blog posts? You shoot your own photos, or use some online tools and sources? Share the links with us and tell us why you like those sites…