Photos on your blog can add visual appeal, but the cost of stock photography can add up fast. Here are 13 resources for free or cheap stock photography for any blogger’s budget.
One of the best ways to spice up any blog is with good photography. But if you’re posting, once, twice or three times a week, those blog photos can get expensive.
If you’re looking for good, affordable, legal stock photography for your blog, you do have some options. I recently needed an image for a blog post on creating the perfect blog post (I know: pretty meta, right?) and fell down a rabbit hole, looking for a cheap photo for the post.
Here’s what I found from doing some research on a dozen or so different stock photography sites that have a blogger’s budget in mind.
In trying to give you a fair comparison, I had to balance the following:
Some sites offer individual downloads, some offer subscriptions, and some offer both. I noted this as best I could below.
Some offer bulk pricing. I used a budget of $100 to come up with a cost per credit.
The smallest web-friendly versions differed from site to site.
The quality and desirability of the photos weren’t always equal.
My idea of what makes for an attractive photo will differ from yours. But mine is correct.
Because of all this, although I wasn’t comparing apples to oranges, I was comparing Macintoshes to Granny Smiths.