Depending on your business, branding and the topic of your article there are many ways you can use imagery to tell a story, evoke feelings and create response.
Studies show that visual data far outweighs content. Don’t get me wrong though, content is still King, however visuals should not be underestimated.
By conveying your message in a visually appealing way through graphics, photography, videos, visual flowcharts, info-graphics, etc., you can make people more likely to support your cause, share your message, or show interest in your product or services.
To get started on your visuals you need a source and let’s look at finding free photography.
Where to find free photography to start your visual storytelling?
As stock photography ‘grows-up’ and becomes more refined it also becomes more expensive. If you’re blogging frequently don’t settle for expensive or free bland imagery. There are a variety of free and inexpensive sources online.
Here Are My Top Picks for Unique and Free Photography
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Unsplash – “Free Do Whatever You Want.”
Death to the Stock Photo
Beautiful lifestyle photography free for the taking. One of the best online. Subscribe here for a pack sent to your inbox monthly along with a writing prompt.
Daily 5 new high-quality photos – Pexels
Pixabay. High quality images you can use anywhere. Pixabay
Pikiwizard – Quickly browse free stock photos and view trending, favorites, latest, etc. A good combination of lifestyle, food, nature and themes.
Free Nature Shots – Great finds in here if you are looking for landscapes, flowers, trees and sky.
Picjumbo an impressive collection of lifestyle shots.
Crow The Stone, A unique collection of outdoor and lifestyle shots. However not kept up to date.
Cupcake Free Images – You will find some inspiration here! “Although, you’re more than welcome to let me know if you use images for a website, illustration or whatever, it’s inspiring to see the results.”
Interesting filters are used in many of the images. Great for concepts and something different. Stocksnap.