You have written a perfect blog post and everything is just right! All you need is the perfect photo to better explain your point and beautify your write up so you turn to Google and search “Girl exercising”, “happy people physically well” or “woman holding fresh fruits and smiling” you get the photo and use on your blog.
Alternatively, the photo you really want to use is watermarked all over and you need to pay to get the un-watermarked version but oh well, it would be a cold day in hell before you spend money on a photo when you aren’t even making money from your blog so you use the photo and life goes on.
Two years later, you are now an established blogger, on your yacht sipping whatever us millionaires will be sipping in the nearest future, you are earning six figures and life is good. Then you get a call and find out you are being sued for a blurred ugly photo from 2years ago with 2views; one from you and the other from your cat.
I don’t want that to happen to me or you that’s why I removed over 50 photos from over 80 posts on my blog (this very blog), replaced them with either photos I took myself or royalty free photos and I am writing this post so I can say “I warned you”.
It wasn’t easy, but I did it!
In this post, you will learn all the ways you can get good photos to use on your blog without getting sued or breaking rules.
1) Take your own photos
Taking your own photos might sound like something too difficult for you to do. For reasons beyond your control, you do not have the resources needed to take good photos. But something as little as a flat lay can go a long way with practice. You’ll find this beginner friendly post on how to take your own flat lays useful.
If I can take a flat lay that people actually love then you seriously can too.
PS: I take better photos of things than of people. That’s a thing, you might be good at both or one.
2) Use free photos
There’s no need using photos you don’t have the right to when there are a lot of websites that provide free photos for content creators and you don’t even need to credit some of these photographers. Better photos than the ones I got off Google when I didn’t know it was prohibited.
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3) Hire a photographer
This is the best option if you can afford to hire one because all your photos will used by only you. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive photographer in the world. Just one with basic skills and you can bring in the big guys when you are bringing in the big money.
4) Use screenshots
Screenshots are especially useful when you are writing a how-to post/tutorial and can effectively deliver your message because you are showing your reader in visible steps. You should utilize this method too
5) Collaborate with a local photographer
You might find a budding photographer in your locality and collaborate with him/her. It will surely be a two way win. You get good photos for your blog and they get exposure when you share his work on your platform for others to see and maybe request a service.
6) Invest in stock photos
Stock photos are those photos that are sold online to multiple people. They are mostly watermarked and you have to purchase them to get the un-watermarked version. They are usually affordable and you can get some really nice ones from some stock photo providers.
I hope with this brief tips you can use photos that will not get you in trouble later. Let me know in the comment section if there are any other ways you can get high quality photos without getting sued.