Practical Ways to Help you Save while sourcing Images for your Blog Posts

Having images alongside your blog posts is a definite plus.

A blog with good quality, relevant images has a certain edge over a blog that offers nothing but text to its visitors, at least as far as aesthetic value is concerned.

An image is worth a thousand words, but for some reasons, bloggers are quite reluctant when it comes to spending some bucks on buying a stock image from websites like iStockphoto, Thinkstock, or Jupiter Images.

It’s not that buying images at stock websites will cost you a fortune, still shelling out 4 – 5 dollars to find an image for every single post can be quite costly, especially if you are running more than one blogs.

I’ll advise you to go for stock photos if you are earning good from your blog, but there are some alternatives that you can use to save money, some of these alternatives might not look as good as some of those stock photos, still they are good enough to do the job for you. Let’s take a look .

Taking Photographs Yourself

Nowadays, majority of smart-phones have cameras that you can use for taking good quality photographs.

Chances are that you’ve got one such phone, since most bloggers are tech savvy and possess smart phones, you can use the phone to take pictures every now and then (they might not be as good as stock photos, but still you can get reasonable quality after learning the basics of photography).

All you need is to make sure that you are not taking pictures of the people without getting their consent (read about model release form), but you can always capture some photographs at workplace, architectures, places, roads, and the likes, the idea is to develop your own image collection that you can refer to, when looking for an image to go with your post.

Use Photoshop to Illustrate

You can illustrate the core points in your post by using Photoshop or any other image editing tool.

It doesn’t take much time, or skills to come up with a good enough illustration, you must have seen such illustrations every now and then being used at other blogs.

In some cases, such illustrations can do a much better job than a stock photograph, and you can also use these images at social networks (e.g. pinterest) to drive some traffic to your blog.

Woman taking pictures

Word art is another option, it’s not something that you can use extensively, but I’ve used this technique every once in a while.

You can highlight the keyword or use some word cloud generator to create relevant images.

Use Free Photos Websites

There are some websites (e.g. offering free photographs and images that you can use.

The quality or collection at these websites is not that great but then you don’t need to put high definition images on each and every post, and you can do with reasonable quality images.

You can also browse image sharing websites like Flickr to find good quality images, and use them while attributing to the author.

Use Coupon Codes

You can find coupon codes for some stock photos website every now and then, these coupon codes will let you save big on your subscription at these websites, especially if you are looking to use one of these services extensively in future.

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  1. There is also one more source for free photos – it’s Flickr. You must only search for photos with “some rights reserved” and carefully read the license. And sometimes these photos are better than paid photos :)

    • Hi Chris,
      thanks for the great suggestion!
      This is a nice trick.

      I agree that sometimes the picture not officially made by professionals may look much better than the really expensive ones.


  2. Thanks for the interesting article, Bashir!

  3. Darren says:

    I seldom have a difficult time in looking for photo sources for my articles. And I think following your advice might lend me a big hand. Other than photoshop, what other editing tool can you suggest to illustrate a good image? Thank you very much for sharing these tips Chris!

    • Can’t really name a lot of tools other than Photoshop, mainly because it has been more than enough as far as I am concerned, but you can try Word Art or word cloud tools, or there are some online photo editing tools like pixlr, or you can use a simple drawing tool.

  4. I’ve considered banding together with a few friends that work in Social Media to get a subscription service on a monthly basis. That way everyone can use it without it costing a ton of money.

  5. There are a ton of resources for free images online. I use morguefiles, as well as everystockphoto, which aggregates free images from several sites. You can also look for photoblogs whe the owner is allowing complete rights for other to use their photos. There are a few of those around as well.

    • Hi Richard,
      thanks for sharing your knowledge.
      I did not know about “”, but it seems a great resource.

  6. Thank you for the great tips.
    Personally I take my own photos whenever possible. I use an iphone for this job. Some apps help a lot. I have never bought stock photos. I simply don’t see a reason why, when I can photograph pretty much anything.
    That’s my opinion.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience, Jim.

      I agree that we can take wonderful pictures by ourselves, and iPhone helps us in that way !

      And it is free. :-D

  7. There’s one relationship building technique that you can do here, and I think it’s going to help you a bit in your link building campaign. I know it’s a bit off the mark to talk about link building in a post about pictures, but since you mentioned resources, there are ways that you can use other people’s photos and boosting your reputation at the same time. You just have to remember to thank the people who originally posted the image on the web.

  8. Great tips. I use Flickr as well. The quality is great. I do an advanced search for creative commons license – they do require you to give credit to the photographer. I haven’t tried morguefile – will look into that.

    • Hi Gazalla,
      great to see you here!
      Thanks for sharing your experience.
      Flickr is a useful resource, also in order to find free copyright images.
      Give a credit to the photographer is a nice way to build relationships.

  9. I had not been using images in my blog posts. After visiting many sites with pictures–and high Alexa rankings, I decided to add them.

    And…I must reluctantly admit that they do liven up my blog. I keep visitors longer than I used to. There are tons of free pictures around the internet.

    • I am glad you decided to add images to your posts, David.

      Some funny related ones also help a lot. :-D

  10. I must reluctantly admit that they do liven up my blog. I keep visitors longer than I used to. The quality is great. I do an advanced search for creative commons license – they do require you to give credit to the photographer.

  11. All great tips especially taking photos yourself! Who knows, you may end up loving photography! :)

  12. I do an advanced search for creative commons license – they do require you to give credit to the photographer.Thanks for sharing your site with us.

  13. I’ve got a friend who outsources the photo taking for her blog posts…to her kids, who love doing it since they get to use the good camera

    • Great idea ! :-)

    • Yes, a great idea, but maybe you will have to guide the kids a little bit as to what can be a relevant image, or maybe you can let them click as many photos they want, and they look out for the relevant images yourself.

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