It’s not easy finding pictures when you are blogging about Social Media.
It’s a bit like trying to see the wood amongst all the trees as there are so many sites out there…
However, since I set up my business Platform Social, helping small businesses with their Social Media I have been using free photo websites and would recommend a few of them. Finding and using free pics is great way to inspire creativity as I have found ways of thinking around the subject matter to make the picture relevant to my message.
I’ve used links, mushrooms, coffee, chess, lightbulbs, an ostrich to name a few. There are of course, the obvious ones but I do like to be adventurous and apply some creative thought to my photo selection, and why not when there are some amazing shots out there to choose from.
Once you have got your head around these free websites I hope you will see how easy it is to get hold of great pictures to use and when you start using them your creative horizons will get bigger and bigger.
Pexels are great and have 50 daily new and high quality photos added to their free collection. The variety is astonishing and I particularly like their nature collection. Today I found the lovely forest picture at the top of this blog to show you the quality of these images and there are literally thousands of beautiful photos to choose from.
I’ve been following them from my facebook page and every so often a lovely image catches my attention and I share it.
Pexels also offer extra as they blog themselves on all kinds of things photo related including their latest one about online photo editors. Other blogs are on best wallpapers, Inspiring video headers and websites every designer should know.
- Stock Up
Another of my favorites is Stock Up which is on the website sitebuilder.com. They currently have permission to use 26 other free photo websites. I have used these as they are directly linked to my website builder and one of their best features is that they have a section showing their most popular pictures. There is always something new and different and the quality is excellent.
They have a ‘newest’ tab and checking there this week I see 379 photos have been added.
- My Stock Photos
Another great website is mystockphoto.com and they have a great search engine to find stock photos including 3 million creative and public domain photos and royalty free stock photos and illustrations.
There are lots more free photo sites out there but these are my top three. Let me know if you have any favorites or how you find using any of these.
Happy photo hunting!!