How to Get Hundreds of FREE Photos for your Blog

Hundreds of free photos await you!

For those of you who have followed me for years or just recently, you may know that I am an avid, hobby photographer.

Frustrated with “free” stock image photography sites that promise photos that need “no” attribution, I take all my own photos for my blog and websites. My phone and now, my new camera, go everywhere I go. I’m always looking for interesting photo ops!

Truth be told, I am leery of stock photo services offering free images. Recently, Margaret at Sticky Readers mentioned Unsplash, a site boasting free stock photos.

I decided to check it out and found this article from 12/16 on Snappa Blog, 21 Amazing Sites with Breathtaking Free Stock Photos.

Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, some photos may require attribution.

We’ve done our best to identify which license they fall under but we still advise you to do your own research and determine how these images can be used.” (emphasis my own).

No thanks, who has time? So much for “free!”

I did, however, open a free Unsplash account. While the images are free and stunning, they are not searchable. Subscribers get 10 new photos a week. I downloaded a few, not sure if I will use them on my blog. I’m an educator, so I feel comfortable using these images for my power point presentations, since they are not being published on my website.

Snappa Blog’s article states “All photos on Unsplash are released under the creative commons public domain license.”

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A lot of “lawyer-speak” here about Creative Commons public domain licensing. This is tricky business as a growing number of lawsuits are pending for copyright infringement violations of intellectual property.Better Blogging with Photography

Let me share an excerpt from my eBook, Better Blogging with Photography: Maximize Your Blog Using Your Own Images

In reference to copyright infringement…

A graphic artist friend, who is in this business, said this is the new, trending lawsuit. Other bloggers have described their terrible experiences of innocently using a random photo on their blog post and being sued.
Even posting the following so-called disclaimer on your blog is basically useless.

“This blog claims no credit for any images posted on this site unless otherwise noted. Images on this blog belong to their respective owners. If there is an image on this blog that belongs to you and you do not wish for it appear on this site, please e-mail us with a link to said image and it will be promptly removed.”

I still read wonderful posts from a LOT of bloggers using photos and images from the Internet. Most of these likely have copyright restrictions, so please BEWARE if you choose to use them. If you use images from the web, be careful. It is obvious that most of these images are professionally photographed.

Exercise extreme caution in using Google Images on your blog or website. Most images you see on Google are attached to someone’s blog post or business. Unless you get express permission to use those images, do not use them.

You may have heard of Creative Commons licensed images. Understand that although photo sites curate a host of images, not all of them are free, and some have restrictions on commercial use.

According to author Helen Sedwick, in her eBook, How to Use Eye-Catching Images Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer, “Do not rely on a Creative Commons license if there are recognizable faces, artwork, or trademarks in the image.”

Sedwick continues with this warning, “Creative Commons sites do not guarantee that they have the right to give you permission to use the image at all. You are using the images at your own risk.”

Again, what may appear to be free is not.

Even acknowledging the image’s origin may not be good enough. Most of us do not make money with our blogs, and having to pay upwards to $8000 for misuse of an image can be tragic.

By now you are saying “OK, I get it! How can I get quality images that are truly free?”

Why, thanks for asking!

But first…

A few months ago, I came across Gigi, a blogger who shares her own images in her weekly newsletters and on her website at A Warm Hello. She creates free, ready images for anyone who would like to download them. I am sure she would appreciate you visiting her site and subscribing.

But, back to the FREE images…

From her blog I got the idea of sharing my own images with other bloggers.

I have taken thousands of photos over the years and I am happy to share a variety of them with anyone who is interested.

I feel very strongly about this endeavor and would be comforted to know my fellow bloggers aren’t going to lose money in a random lawsuit over copyright violations.

This post serves as my announcement that FREE images really are available. No sign-ups, no passwords to remember, no gimmicks.

Just click on FREE BLOG IMAGES for the Dropbox link or click to visit my new page Free Photos for Your Blog

Current folders include landscapes, flowers, animals, cityscapes and general office. Visit on a regular basis for new folders and photos added weekly.

The images are untouched and un-edited. It will be your job to select and download them, then edit them using is a free online image editor. Many bloggers use Canva. I use the premium version of PicMonkey, but their free version works just fine!

Fellow blogger DG Kaye recently shared this post about Fotojet. I haven’t tried this one yet, as I am happy with PicMonkey. The point is to find an online image editor that works for you. 

I sincerely hope that you will take a look at the photos I have to offer. Let me know in the comments what kinds of photos you need for your blog…I may have what you need!

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#Glimpses – Prelaunch Blog Party

Join the Glimpses pre-launch blog party over at Hugh’s Views and News! I just met some great new bloggers here!

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I’m celebrating the upcoming publication of my first book, Glimpses, and from now until December 2nd, I’d like to invite everyone to my prelaunch blog party.

Glimpses - Prelaunch Blog Party poster

Here’s what you need to do.

  1. In the comments section of this post, write a brief introduction of who you are and attach a link to one of your blog posts or your ‘about me’ page.
  2. Mingle. Check out all the other comments and go meet lots of other bloggers and their blogs and introduce yourself. Don’t be shy, go say hello.
  3. During the time the party runs, feel free to come back and leave up to two other links to blog posts. They don’t have to be blog posts from your blog; why not surprise a fellow blogger you follow, introduce them and leave a link to one of their blog posts?
  4. If you’re an author and would like to promote up to three…

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My First Book Shout Out – An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog by Janice Wald

Sally does a wonderful job of promoting new books by new (and veteran) authors. If you are a blogger, take a closer look at Janice’s eBook. It is a wealth of information!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

first book shout out

Today the featured book is for bloggers… However long we have been writing our blog posts there is always something more we can learn. As you will see from the reviews, new and seasoned bloggers are finding the book very helpful. An Insider’s Guide to Building a Successful Blog: Tips and Tricks from the creator of Mostly Blogging. Janice Wald.

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About the book
Are you a blogger? Are you ready to see your page views skyrocket?

If so, you know the importance of using proven tips to engage readers, improve content, and increase blog traffic.

In 2016, there were over two billion social media users.

Fortunately, this guide is the only roadmap you will need to send them rushing to your blog.

“By your reading this particular ebook, you’re finally ready to cut through the clutter and all of the confusion and online noise.”

Janice Wald’s tips…

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What I’m Writing in My Next eBooks: Weekend Coffee Share

Writing subjects for my next set of eBooks

Last November, as we shared coffee, I mentioned that I was taking some time to start a writing project, namely an eBook.

As I gathered information for case studies and other research for my (work-in-progress) eBook “How Midlife Women Reclaim Their leisure Time,” another eBook made its way into the world of self-publishing first.

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Better Blogging with Photography  was originally meant to be a free eBook to be used as a give-away and incentive for subscribing to my blog. It morphed into a 50-page Kindle eBook and is still free through October 3. After this date, it is available for 99 cents.

Today, if we were having coffee, I would ask you to sit and enjoy a cup of medium roast coffee (or tea, if you prefer) while I share my next writing projects. By sharing these ideas with you, I hope it holds me accountable to write them!

As I finished Better Blogging with Photography, my editor, Jo Robinson, suggested that this could be part of a series. At the time I thought, as I mentally raised an eyebrow, “what else can I possibly write for an eBook series?”

After reading and more thinking, I came up with an idea for a short series, “The Better Blogging Series” that dives into what we bloggers (and writers) do. My next eBook, for which I have a decent outline started is “The Better Blogger’s Lifestyle” which will become the prequel to my current eBook. In this book I describe all the types of blogs out there and what it takes to write and maintain one.

What do you think?

More ideas for the series will include short topics like “Getting Results with Social Media,” “Advanced Photography for Bloggers” and “Turning Your Posts into eBooks.”

I hope you enjoyed coffee today. Please visit the hostess of Weekend Coffee Share at Part-Time Monster Blog.

What kind of blogging topics are you interested in? Please let me know in the comments!

Pick Up My eBook FREE for a Limited Time on Amazon

Get eBook FREE Better Blogging with Photography

I am excited to announce my eBook Better Blogging with Photography is available FREE for a limited time!

To help you make the leap over to Amazon to check it out, I included excerpts to pique your interest!

What’s in it for me? I am hoping you will “buy” the book, then leave a positive review. The book goes back to its staggering price of 99 cents beginning next week.

Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.
–Bruno Barbey

From the Introduction

Are you a new blogger struggling to get more readers? Are you a seasoned blogger continually seeking inspiration for quality blog posts? Do you feel there is something missing from your blog or website?

This guidebook is designed to help you utilize your own images on your blog or website.

Blogging used to be a simple task. Once you found your web platform, a theme and a good idea, you simply sat down and wrote. Enter social media and blogging changed forever.

From Chapter Two

Why Using Web Images Can Be Dangerous for You and Your Blog

Why use your own images? Let me answer that with this question. Can you say “copyright infringement”?

A graphic artist friend, who is in this business, said this is the new, trending lawsuit. Other bloggers have described their terrible experiences of innocently using a random photo on their blog post and being sued.

Even posting the following so-called disclaimer on your blog is basically useless.
“This blog claims no credit for any images posted on this site unless otherwise noted. Images on this blog belong to their respective owners. If there is an image on this blog that belongs to you and you do not wish for it appear on this site, please e-mail us with a link to said image and it will be promptly removed.”

I still read wonderful posts from a LOT of bloggers using photos and images from the Internet. Most of these likely have copyright restrictions, so please BEWARE if you choose to use them. If you use images from the web, be careful. It is obvious that most of these images are professionally photographed.

I reiterate: Exercise extreme caution in using Google Images on your blog or website.

A Review

Janet Sunderland, a fellow blogger in WordPress wrote this review: (go visit her blog–she is also working on a book!)

This is one of the best how-to books I’ve read on both blogging and using images in blogs. Terri’s experience as a teacher clearly shines as she organizes the book in a step-by-step fashion with great tips, both the do-this, and the don’t-do-this! She uses images throughout to illustrate her points, which gives a visual representation of the information. Along with instructions on the skills of blogging, she includes recommendations for social media sites as a tool for getting that blog seen. In the final chapter, she includes “a round-up of links and resources…” A great book for beginning bloggers as well as a fine resource for experienced bloggers.

To learn more about how to avoid a lawsuit for innocently using “free” images on your blog or website, pick up your free copy today of Better Blogging with Photography. After reading this guidebook, you will be able to produce your own, high quality images for your blog or website.

Click here to get your free copy today! You can also click the image in my blog sidebar.

Happy reading!

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