Stock photo images (YES EVEN FOR FOOD BLOGGERS) are an excellent way to improve the professionalism of your blog or website and to save you time and money.
You want to your blog to look professional, but you may not take the best photographs in the world. You never seem to get the right lighting, or it just takes too much time. Using stock photography can be a great way to up your blogging game or fix some old posts to make them look new again. Did you know most big websites like Vogue, HubSpot and others use stock photography?
I hear from food bloggers all the time that there is no way they can use stock photographs! Well, I’m here to debunk that myth upfront. If you create a generic recipe for salsa, it’s most likely not going to look like anything other than salsa. All salsa looks like salsa. No one is going to know that the photo you use is not the exact bowl of salsa you made. Why not spend a dollar or two on a stock photo instead of the $7 in groceries and time to make, photograph, and edit? Here are some examples of successful posts I’ve done or upgraded using stock photography.
You want to generate great content on a regular basis, and stock photos can help you do that quicker. It only takes minutes to download a stock image and add a title unlike prepping, photographing, and editing does. A pile of laundry, kids, playing on tablets, a computer on a desk are all generic and don’t need to be your own. Trust me if you saw what my desk actually looked like it’s not pretty.
You can buy stock photo images and bring people into the story you are wanting to tell by fulfilling a need or reaching an emotion. Readers respond to visual stimuli much more easily than they do all of your written advice.
90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text.
Where to buy Stock Photo Images
There are many sites out there to buy stock photo images but some can be costly. If you don’t use stock photos for everything, paying a high monthly fee may not be for you. Many of these sites offer a membership, but most will allow you to buy the picture or purchase a few credits to use over time so you won’t break the bank. Realize that the people that are selling photos to these sites many times sell to many or all of these sites, so you don’t need to use them all just pick your favorite.
My Favorite Places to Buy Stock Photo Images
123rf – Images start as low as $.019, and they have photos, vectors, illustrations, editorial, footage, and music files. This is the site I use the most. You buy a set of credits and use them as you need them.
Creative Market – Creative Market has tons of different things you can buy, and stock photography is just one of them. This is a great resource for styled photos of desks, craft supplies and more.
Canva – Free photos or photos for $1.00. Just be careful because lots of people use Canva so you may see the image you use pop up more often than not.
Deposit Photos – You can do a flexible monthly plan where image credits you use the rollover the next month. You can also get on-demand pricing, but you will pay a lot more per photo roughly $3 per photo.
Dreamstime – Get credit packages or subscriptions. Prices for photos cost about $1.50 per photo with the credit package.
Adobe Stock – Adobe has amazing photos, and this is the cream of the crop. They also have vectors, 3D images, templates, and video. Cream of the crop does come at a price. Packages start at $30 for only 3 items per month but come down per item if you buy larger packages.
Graphic Stock has a great plan for only $99 for the year for unlimited downloads of stock photos, vectors, illustrations, video, and audio.
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