Finding the perfect blog image for your interior design blog posts can be tough. Real tough and time consuming. Or not if you just steal images. Don't guffaw at me, people steal images all the time and even if you're aren't a thief, I bet you know one.
Oh, looky at this! It is such a pretty living room. Well that will go perfectly with my blog post on how to pick the perfect area rug.
Right-click, save. I'm all set.
Hold it right there. You most probably aren't.
If you are searching for blog images on Google, you're doing it wrong.
I know it is so easy to go into google and search their images, find your perfect picture and right click save. It doesn't mean it's right.
It will take you a little bit of practice to get it right and develop a system for your blog image searches, but you don't want to be that interior designer. The thief.
Where to find blog images that cost nothing
My first spot to look for free images is Morguefile. You won't find everything you need, but I have found quite a few images that I can use and adapt for my own stuff.
First, do a search. I searched for a sofa and found this. The terms of this image are: You are allowed to copy, distribute, transmit the work and to adapt the work. Attribution is not required. You are prohibited from using this work in a stand alone manner. Translates to free image to make my own.
Now just wait. Don't get all snooty and think it's not going to work for your blog (and they have other images that are "prettier" but I want to show you how you can take a photo that might not be just perfect and rock it). Stay with me. Then I take it over to PicMonkey and bedazzle it.
Boom! Looks ten times better, right?
I adjusted the brightness and colors. I also added the title for my blog post (which would totally be a funny post if you wanted to do it) and I also added the link to my website. So when this image gets seen or shared my info is there.
A few more free sites to check out are:
www.flickr.com (Creative Commons, check the rights usages)
Where to find blog images that costs very little
There are quite a few sites that are priced pretty well. Expect to pay about $1 on average for a photo. Sometimes they price based on the size of the image. If you are using a photo for you blog in general you want a photo to be about 400 x 600 pixels.
Here are a few sites to check out:
Bottom Line: Using a photo is like quoting someone, you must attribute. When in doubt ask.
UPDATE: Check out this post for even more hot spots to find photos for your interior design blog.