Since early 2010, I've been hired to create a lot of photo blog posts. I don't know whether it's something that other people are experiencing or that for some reason it's just my workload that's consisting of this type of work, but I really enjoy creating them.
One of the most time consuming parts, however, is actually finding photos that can be used. I occasionally use stock photo websites that require a paid subscription, but I've found that one of the easiest ways to find stock photos - and for free - is to simply search Google Images for images labelled with reuse rights.
- Firstly, head over to http://www.google.com and click on the ‘Images’ link at the top
- Click on the ‘Advanced Image Search’ section next to the search box and when the advanced options load up, put your search term in the box that says ‘related to all of the words’
- Next, in the last box that says ‘Usage Rights: Return images that are’, change this from ‘not filtered by license’ to ‘labeled for reuse’
- Click search and all of the images displayed are available for to use, free of charge. The only thing you have to note is that you should let the image owner know that you will be using their image, if possible and it's always good practice to give them credit in the actual blog post that you're using their photo in.
If you can’t find an image that is labelled for reuse straight away - and you don't want to pay for it - don’t simply give up your search. Use a few different, but related, search terms, change the spelling (not only taking into consideration the differences between British and American English, but also common misspellings) or make your term broader.
It can take time to find the photo you are after, but it’s highly unlikely - unless the image you're looking for is particularly specialist - that you will ever face the problem of not being able to find a free stock photo for you to use through this method.