The Digital Forest Blog

Finding Free images for your blog

Having great images with your posts provides a much more compelling blog but I am afraid just cropping or recompressing the images you 'borrowed' from the google search results, isn't enough to remove the copyright! It is ILLEGAL and will cost you a lot more than stock license fees if you get caught.

Free images for your blogYou are not allowed to use images from other websites without express permission - even if they are cropped, compressed or used as part of another larger image.

There are a couple of ways you can get images for blogs for free:

Free Stock Sites:
There are a few stock sites that have free images ( Do check the license as some sites also have paid images):
Stock.xchng
Morgue File
Free Digital Photos.net
Stock Vault
Image * After
freephotosbank.com

Photopin.com

Photopin provides a search engine for photos listed on Flickr that are under creative commons license and can be used on blogs. Photopin.com

Creative Commons Search:

Taking the Photopin idea a little further, Creative commons.org has its own search engine for creative commons attributed content. search.creativecommons.org

Build your own library:
You can also build up your own library of images that are made available by commercial stock companies. Many have 'free image of the day' or other incentives - over time you can build up you own library of images to use in blog posts!

eg. dreamstime.com/free-photos

Search more on Google!

Believe it or not Google actually provides search filters to allow you to search by usage rights: Read their article here Just do check the license is actually free to use before going for it!

Use Getty 'embed'
A new option that has recently become available is Getty Images 'embed' tool This allows you to use Getty's huge library of profesional stock images free of charge - however there will be the use of data and possibly advertising that goes with these images in the future - so it isn't quite so 'free'! the image embedded has an additional Getty logo and social sharing links (for Getty Images - not your blog post!): Getty Images