There are times where your own photography doesn’t fit what you’re writing about, or maybe you don’t have time to shoot certain shots, that’s where stock images come in. Here’s where to find stock images for blog posts.
Where to find stock images
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These are all examples of where to find stock images for your blog posts in which you pay for. I prefer to pay for my images because I find that the images are a better quality. You can find some great prices out there and I compiled this list of stock photo libraries. If you’re looking for where you can find free royalty free stock images, well that’s a post for another day.
90% of the stock images I use for The Bewitchin’ Kitchen are from Deposit Photos. They have a huge library of stock photos and I can usually find the perfect photo for the topic I’m writing about.
If I can’t find an option for on Deposit Photos, there will be an option on Canva. What’s really cool about Canva is you can design a title right then and there after you select a stock image. Photos are $1.
I recently found Stencil when I was searching for Canva alternatives. There is a free account and a paid account with Stencil, the free account gives you 10 royalty free images a month so this may be a great option to start out with.
I used to use Dreamstime’s free images back when I started blogging, but they offer some nice paid options as well.
PhotoDune is under the umbrella of envatomarket and photos start at $2.
I love Pond5, they’re a great resource for music, photos, videos, and more. You’ll want to bookmark this resource.
I’ve bought a few things over the years from Creative Market. They are an amazing resource for bloggers.
Note: as soon as I published this, someone in a Facebook group posted about how this woman got sued for copyright infringement. I recommend giving that a read over. In regards to it: I know Deposit Photos and Canva keeps track of your purchases.
When to use stock photos
I don’t stock images for recipe posts, I post my own photos for that. However, I find stock images are useful for topics like house cleaning tips, lists of various tips, health posts, etc.
A good tip to remember is to think about it as a reader: if you were a reader would you expect the topic that you’re reading to have an original picture? A good example would be My Workout Results from Doing XYZ Program. That would not be a good post to
That would not be a good post to post a ripped body from a stock image library, your readers would expect a photo of you.
Use your common knowledge and you can make stock images work well for your blog. They’re a great tool to utilize!
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