Written by Jessica Ann on June 4th, 2014
Where to Get Beautiful Images For Your Blog
If you have a website or a blog you will have encountered the image problem: you need an image for your article but where do you get one that you have the copyright to use? This article offers some tips on where to get beautiful images for your blog or website.
Small business websites and blogs are exponentially improved when you include quality images. In fact good images are crucial to most forms of communication, marketing and advertising. You can look back all the way to the cavemen to see how images have helped us to communicate, and for decades businesses have known about the power of images in marketing and advertising. As far back as 1921 companies had research that showed that images made advertising more effective.
The best way to get the exact image that you need is to use a paid service. In the long run your website or blog will look better and you will save time searching and hunting for free images.
Here are five of the best sources for paid images:
- Veer – Veer offers millions of images including photos and vectors. Like most of the other services on this list the most cost-effective way to use it is to buy images in bulk using one of their subscriptions. But with Veer you are not locked into long-term plans. This flexibility plus the huge archive that is available makes it an attractive option.
- Fotolia – Fotolia is another service that has a huge database of images that you can access with thousands more added every day. It is also another subscription based service which gives you monthly download limits instead of daily.
- iStock – iStock is another site like Veer and Fotolia that offers royalty free images. It is a popular service with a good search function. Instead of paying a subscription you buy credits. Each image then costs you a certain number of credits.
- Getty Images – If you want something really unique or images from popular culture Getty Images is a good choice. There are more licensing restrictions with some of the images and they are sometimes more expensive because of the individual pricing, but the database is unrivalled.
- Shutterstock – Shutterstock is another place to find exceptionally high quality photos and images. There are millions to choose from and you have the option to buy individual images or get a subscription plan.
Many small business websites and blogs cannot justify the cost of paid images. Luckily there are several places to find free images. here are five of the best:
- Pixabay – Pixabay is a well-maintained archive of free stock photos that you can use in any digital or print situation. This is because all the images are public domain images that are typically uploaded by the rights holder. You do not even have to give credit to the original author.
- Morguefile – Morguefile is one of the oldest free photo repositories on the internet and has remained a favorite. There are tens of thousands of images to choose from and you do not have to give attribution. There is a powerful search function and an editor so you can crop your image before downloading.
- Everystockphoto – There are lots of places to find free stock images on the internet and Everystockphoto is a tool to help you do that. It does not hold images but instead is a search engine that seeks out free images from a variety of sources, including some of the places on this list.
- Flickr – Flickr is the photo sharing tool owned by Yahoo that is used by millions of people all over the world. Many of the photos that are uploaded have a creative commons license which means you can use them for free. Just make sure you check the license as this does not apply to all of the images.
- Creative Commons Search – Creative Commons is an organization that helps people to share images and other content for use by others. It has an image search facility and is a good way to find good quality free images quickly.
When looking for images on the internet, whether free or paid, spend a few minutes reading over the license details to make sure it meets you requirements. Stock images are not hard to find. And the ranges in price provide plenty of options."