Most food bloggers will take their own imagery, particularly if it’s to showcase a culinary creation or a delectable restaurant meal, but there may be occasions when you need to source images for another type of feature or you want to supplement your own imagery. This is where the handy stock photo library can help. This feature will guide you on where to find free imagery for your blog so that you too can easily find the photos you are after.
Downloading images from Pexels is really simple. You can use the images anywhere and you don’t need to credit the photographer. Although they do say it is nice if you can. The license also allows you to modify the images in any way you see fit.
If you are still looking where to find free images for your blog after browsing through Pexels, the library Pixabay has similar rules. There are lots of great images and they are free to use for commercial reasons, without credit needing to be given.
If you are using Google as the main way to search, you can use their advance image search to make sure you find images with the right preference. In the ‘all these words’ box, type some keywords for the image you are looking for and then select the license type in the ‘usage rights’ drop down at the bottom. If you are keeping the image as is, select ‘free to use or share’, if you plan on modifying the image, select ‘free to use share or modify’. Make sure you select the options that include the word commercially. This will allow you to use it on your blog. When you find an image you want to use, it’s a good idea to actually click through to the website and check the usage as sometimes things can get mislabelled or there might need to be a credit given. If you aren’t sure, you can always contact the site owner to check.
Unsplash boasts that it has over half a million photos on its website, so it’s a good place to start if you are looking for something specific for your blog.
If you blog is purely editorial, you can use Getty’s embedded image options. There are lots of great photos on her, particularly travel, sports and celebrities. It’s perfect if you are a non-commercial blog, as the image licenses only allow these images to be used on those blogs.
Life of Pix
This is a lesser known site, so you may get images that you haven’t seen on other sites. Again you can use the images on Life of Pix without having to credit the photographer if that doesn’t suit your style.
Where would you recommend getting free images for your blog from? Are there any stock libraries that you’d recommend to others?