I’ve helped a lot of people and businesses set up their blogs and taught them how to create engaging posts. One of the most important things to have in a blog is an engaging feature image, which is where stock images and stock photography comes in handy.
First of all, whatever you do, DO NOT TAKE IMAGES FROM GOOGLE. I went to see a company in London who did this about 5 years ago, and they got a fine of £10k+! You don’t want a copyright infringement law suit on your hands.
There are plenty of websites out there that give you images under the Creative Commons Public Domain or free from copyright restrictions.
Please double check any licences on these images before you use them, some may require an attribution. MooMooSheep will not be held responsible for any of your copyright infringement!
Here’s a bunch of sites we use:
Negative Space uploads new photos every week and the good news is, they are released under CCO, no copyright restrictions. This site has the ability to search for the image and has a really good filtering option which allows you to filter by colour and copyspace (really handy for any graphic design work)
This website is ran by an online community of photographers. All photos are released under the CCO licence and are free from copyright. The ability to view which photos are popular and trending is a handy tool and all images are high quality and high resolution, making it hard to find rubbish pictures here.
This site offers all it’s photos with a copyright free restriction. All the photos are by Ryan McGuire and are usually quirky and arty. Perfect for catchy blog photos. All high quality and high resolution images, the website has an option to buy Ryan a coffee for his free work!
This website offers free and premium stock photos. You can filter between free and paid-for photos and it’s very easy to find something you need. High quality and high resolution, these photos are uploaded by an online community of photographers.
There are tons and tons of stock free photo websites out there and every day there seems to be more websites popping up. This list is just a handful of some of the sites we use to find stock photos, sometimes I spend hours and hours find the right picture for a blog post. After all it’s the first thing a reader is going to see when you post it to social media or send them an email with a link to it.
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