When I write a post I always post a photo that fits the subject, but sometimes I just don’t have the props available to take the photo myself so I have to turn to the trusty web and use stock photos. Over the years I have managed to single out some of my favourite sites to get these photos from.
When using stock photos you must be aware of copyright restrictions and whether you can use the photos without attribution. Most of the sites I use are free from copyright restrictions meaning you can copy, modify and distribute without asking for permission. However there are some photos that may require attribution, but the website will warn you of this and explain how and where you can use the particular photo.
So with that out of the way, here are my top 5 sites for stock photos.
StockSnap.io is always the first site I go to, and where the majority of my stock photos come from. It offers some beautiful photos to use and I have yet to find a photo that I haven’t been able to use as all the photos are released under creative commons public domain – no attribution required.
If I can’t find what I’m looking for on StockSnap.io I can guarantee I’ll find it on Pixabay. What I like most about Pixabay is that I can find vertical photos to use for Pinterest images. These images are royalty free to, so no attribution required. You do need to create an account to download the photos though.
If you write a lot of posts about food but forgot to take a picture of the end result before you ate it, then FoodiesFeed is the perfect site for stock photos. It has loads to use. Also attribution free – although it does have a premium option for you to pay and use.
Unsplash offers a large variety of royalty free images for you to use. The team at Unsplash searches through submissions and features 10 high quality photos every 10 days. It’s a great site for your stock photos, although a bit limited.
This one is a new favourite of mine, it offers some gorgeous, high resolution pictures. Some of my favourite technology photos too. Attribution free for your personal and commercial use. It also has the option of having a premium account to get photos that aren’t available to download for free.
So there are my top 5 but there are loads for sites to get your stock photos from. They are popping up everywhere and they are almost guaranteed to have a photo for the subject you require. Do you have a favourite site that you use? I’m always on the lookout for new sites to use. Let me know in the comments below.