Whether you’re a freelance graphic artist, blogger, or webmaster you’ll need lots of quality stock images. Having great photos is a must for graphic designers, but for bloggers and writers, the picture used for their articles can be the difference between getting a few page views or going viral. People are vision-oriented and will be attracted to a nice image before they notice a great title of your online article or website.
There are lots of free stock image websites online but it can be difficult to find the right image you’re looking for right away. Following is a great mini guide for making sure you find the right photo for your blog, website, or article to bring your online content to life.
If at first you don’t succeed; try another keyword
Looking for free stock images online can be a tricky task. If you were paying for your stock photos it’d be very easy to find great, high resolution, stock images but on free stock photo websites you’ll have to dig a bit deeper to get the right photo for your content. You’ll usually find it a bit difficult to find the free stock image you’re looking for on your first web search attempt. There’s no telling how the photographer tagged the photo on the website or how the website archives its online photos. You’ll have to act like Google or Yahoo and come up with about 5 different related keywords to find the right free stock image online.
If you find treasure; grab it right away
When trying to find a great stock image online you’ll often come across a great image that you don’t have a current need for – grab it anyway. You’re on the hunt for great images and if you see something that you currently don’t need on a free stock photo website or you see more than 1 great image that you are looking for; it’d be in your best interest to save that image for later. This tip comes with a warning though; photo hoarding must be accompanied by a great file management and proper file naming conventions. You’ll want to dedicate a folder on your hard drive for stock images you’ve collected online.
Top rated images and contributors are the way to go
On most free stock photo websites, you’ll find a top contributor or highest rated image section. If you’re just browsing for great images this is your best choice. By searching free stock photo websites and looking at the top and highest rated content, you’ll manage to weed out all the bad quality images in “one fell swoop.” If you like the artwork of one of the top contributors you can favorite them and get updates whenever they post new content and if you like a particular image you can check out other submissions from the same artist on the website.