17 Resources for Download Free Images and Photos for your Blog Posts

Blogging is art and science at the same time, and few people manage to satisfy this famous binomial. Thinking from a superficial perspective, the activity of managing a blog shouldn’t be very complicated but delving deeper, the situation is almost opposite. As the explosion of information on the internet has saturated the users’ interest, bloggers should take action to distinct themselves and go beyond what is offered on average.

On the other hand, the visitors’ caprices are biologically based: the eyes are fatigued more easily by reading from a monitor than the old, but gold method of lecturing a book. Under these circumstances here comes the art part of blogging, each blogger must create and publish posts that should impress the visitors and keep their appeal at the highest level possible. One of the hidden aspects that mostly works at the subliminal part is the insertion of the images. No matter how long or interesting a post is, an image speaks more than a thousand words – therefore it is better if they speak for you, isn’t it?

Fortunately, images are everywhere on the Internet – it’s almost impossible for a blogger not to find the proper ones to use in their blog. There are a ton of websites that sell images and usually the quality of these is higher than the rest but free solutions also exist. Many bloggers have the tendency to neglect or forget, but it is unfair not to add the link to the original source of the images used. The correct mentality is that, no matter how nice or interesting an image is, it is the result of someone endeavor and it should be respected. As a personal advice, regardless of the agreement with the image owner, it is highly recommended to add the source credits.

Searching for the best resources to get images can be an extremely time consuming activity and it’s preferable to bookmark the ones that are most suitable for you. In order to minimize wasting time, I’ve gathered here a list of the best websites from where anyone may download images to insert into their blog posts. As everyone likes free, I’ve tried to include more free resources than paid ones; if you consider that I neglected a very good resource feel free to add your suggestion in the comments so that other readers can benefit as well.

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PSDHunter

PSDHunter is a relatively new website that indexes major popular PSD websites and provides an easy way to search through all of them at once. This makes it a fast and efficient way to find easily modifiable images for your blog posts.

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stock.xchng

I think that every blogger knows about this amazing websites where there are stored more than 400,000 pictures. It’s true that the images aren’t always the best shots or the resolution isn’t high but once again, it is for free and anyone is welcomed to add his own pictures.

Flickr

The same as the previous example, the images may be used free but some of them need the approval of the owner. Always check the license to make sure you can use their work. Flick is a magnificent source of images and any blogger must take into account this website in his never-ending search for the best images. A possibly less known section is the Creative Commons on Flickr, where all of the images listed can be used as long as the original creator is credited.

deviantART

The purpose of the website isn’t to store images for blog posts but the unlimited number of pictures makes any blogger check it frequently. Navigating to the appropriate category and then searching is useful in narrowing down the results, as the impressive number of results can be confusing.

morgueFile

This website impresses by the accuracy of the search details. The images are catalogued to various categories and it’s pretty simple to find the needed images.

Stockvault

This website informs the visitors that around 29,000 pictures are available for download. It is useful because they also have a cool blog, full of interesting and inspirational posts and a good selection of tutorials that can also teach you on how to touch up and modify the photos to suite your needs.

openphoto

Openphoto has a great number of photos, but their quality is the determinant factor in selecting it in this list and why not, to convince you to bookmark the website.

Historical Stock Photos

This website is more targeted towards old historical photos and as such it is addressed to a specific public. This might be rarely required, but it’s always good to know where to find them in case you need something similar.

Imageafter

This website looks a bit old because of their design, but just give it a try – their results are sometimes impressive.

everystockphoto

This is an aggregator where the user can find images from other various websites, it’s quite useful, and it’s similar to a complete search in the all above resources.

Dreamstime

Dreamstime is the website that could be added in both categories, free and paid. Some images from here may be downloaded with no payment while for others you need to buy credits; anyway the quality is high and it’s definitely worth checking.

Resources where you should pay for:

iStock Photo

This website is famous amongst bloggers and it is because of the quality of the files exposed. They have not only images, but also video, flash creations, illustrations, audio format files etc. The money invested in any files from here is fully deserving, because the quality of the end result will surely will impress the viewers.

Depositphotos

Deposit photos is a brand in this field and the multiple types of accounts attract not only bloggers but also web designers that need images to insert into their projects.

Shutterstock

Over 19 million of photos, illustrations, videos etc…there isn’t needed any comment.

123RF

123RF.com is your one-stop royalty-free photo library offering stunning, practical stock photos at the most affordable price!

Fotolia

Another website very famous based on a simple recipe of success: tons of high resolution images, very clear classifications, flexible plans of pricing, nice interface.

Getty Images

Personally, I consider this website somehow too expensive; it’s better to test yourself and conclude. Anyway, the images are impeccable; the best photographers done every shot, everything is at the superlative (including the prices).

In the end, I hope you liked this list. If you found it useful, leave us a comment and share it with your friends!

Dino Angelov

Dino Angelov writes photoshop tutorials for Graphisutra and is constantly looking for free psds for PSDHunter.

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7 Comments
  1. aledesign Jun 1, 2:48 pm

    Nice selection. More sites I know from years.. My preferite collection for free photo is “stock.xchng”. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. panki Jun 1, 7:45 pm

    i would prefer shutterstock they have a lot of stock of images for every purpose
    thanks for sharing all the links were gud

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  3. Martynas Jun 2, 9:28 am

    Nice list, but you forgot base resource http://commons.wikimedia.org/ :)

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  4. Pam Jun 6, 5:07 am

    123RF also has some free images you can download for free if you sign up for a subscription.

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  5. Paul Jun 6, 8:57 am

    Thanks for these normally just use Flickr will have to give the others a try.

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  6. picdrome Jun 8, 11:18 am

    Hi and thank you for the article!
    I can also add http://www.picdrome.com, a growing Public Domain picture collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All items are free to download for personal and commercial use, without restriction and are available in high definition. New photos are added on a daily basis.

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  7. Fotorama Oct 18, 4:12 pm

    An other site with free images for personal or commerical use at http://www.fotorama.no

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