For a second, stop and think about stock photos. Now let’s be real. Taking photos is hard and time consuming. Not everyone is the best photographer, or knows one. Which means most of us are on our own. This is really hard. Sometimes you have to take photos of yourself. This is even harder, especially for taking the perfect shot, like a full-length or a really artistic shot.
As important as photos are, not all of us are great photographers. Sometimes, luck is with us and we’re able to capture the perfect moment. But sometimes the odds are against us. We can’t find the lighting, we don’t have the equipment, we don’t have a subject to shoot–there are countless problems.
Over the few months of blogging, I’ve been able to call my camera’s self-timer my best friend. But it’s not the same as having a properly taken photo–I don’t even have a human-length tripod, and I’m thirteen! So that makes it even harder!
Pictures are, however, very important for your blog. They make it lively, all colour, and are an important asset in decreasing your bounce rate and driving loyal audience and then retaining it.
And if you’re not the best photographer, then it doesn’t matter. I’m going to show you some of the best stock photo sites providing absolutely free stock photos that lifestyle, travel, business, and even fashion bloggers can utilise when their photography is taking a dip in the dumps. So let’s get into the best free stock photo sites with amazing free stock photos.
1 PEXELS: FREE STOCK PHOTOS
Pexels is my favourite. It has such an unbelievably wide range of free stock photos. All you need to do is hit the search bar and at least one stock photo you’re looking for will come up–if not stock photos. Any blogger can utilise the stock photos here. There are countless blogging, business, fashion, landscape, parenting and food related pictures and more! It’s easy to navigate through and it has a really wide display so the perfect photos are easy to spot.
2 PIXABAY: FREE STOCK PHOTOS
Pixabay is bae. Again, like Pexels, it also has a really wide range of free stock photos. The stock photos here aren’t very good for fashion bloggers, but with a deep scavenge I’m sure you’ll find something. But what I like about Pixabay is that it has filters. If you search for something, you can choose the orientation, size, category, type and colour according to your blog. It’s not as good as Pexels, but this filter is one feature that I love about it, because it narrows everything down so it’s easier to find the stock photo you’re looking for.
3 UNSPLASH: FREE STOCK PHOTOS
Unsplash is another good site for stock photos. Easy to navigate through the stock photos, a wide range (not as wide as Pexels though) of pictures for all niches, and just overall goodness. It doesn’t have that wide of a range, but the stock photos on there are their own pieces of art. They’re full and well done beauties–artistic and good. It’s littered with high resolution photos and just photo goodness. Highly recommend for fashion, food, lifestyle and travel bloggers.
4 JAY MANTRI: FREE STOCK PHOTOS
Jay Mantri is really good for travel bloggers or lifestyle bloggers. It has really artistic landscapes and cityscapes if you’re talking about travel or just need some artistic pictures for a different kind of blog post. For me, it really takes the cake for travel stock photos, even though I don’t blog much about travel, it’s good.
5 TRAVEL COFFEE BOOK: FREE STOCK PHOTOS
As you can tell by the title Travel Coffee Book, this one is also really good for travel bloggers. It’s as good as Jay Mantri, except the display is better. The landscapes of nature here are bomb. Definitely go and check it out!
6 SPLITSHIRE: FREE STOCK PHOTOS
Splitshire is easy to navigate through, a wide range (not as wide as the others, very little pictures) of pictures for all niches. It doesn’t have that wide of a range, but the pictures on there are really good. They’re really beautifully done and very artistic.
7 PICJUMBO: FREE STOCK PHOTOS
Picjumbo is not as good as the ones I mentioned above, but it has some good photos. The range is even less wide than that of Unsplash, but it’s something. I personally haven’t ever used it up till now, but it’s a good site to know of. I wouldn’t recommend this as the first place to go when looking for stock photos. But if you can’t find what you’re looking for on other sites…who knows? Maybe Picjumbo will have it.
8 PICOGRAPHY: FREE STOCK PHOTOS
Picography is my least favourite because even though the site is really easy to navigate and has a good display, there are very little pictures for some mainstream categories. But it’s worth checking if you ever need it.
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