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The Pros & Cons of Using Stock Photos

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Lately, I’ve started to notice more and more content creators, including myself, using stock photos in many of their posts. I used to hate the idea of stock photography. It honestly seemed so cheesy and generic to me, but it’s really come a long way in recent years. Stocks photos have become a great tool for bloggers and content creators. I started using them a couple months ago, and thought I would provide some pros and cons for anyone considering using them for their own blog.

Pros

  • You don’t have to take photos as often
  • If you think up a post idea that you’d like to share right away, you don’t have to wait to take photos before being able to post
  • The quality of the photos on your blog won’t be entirely dependent on the quality of your camera
  • There are stock photos in all sorts for styles, so you’re likely to find something that will fit well with your blog
  • You don’t have to be a professional photographer (or even a big fan of photography) to include gorgeous photos in your posts
  • You don’t have to worry about editing photos as much, if at all
  • Most stock photography sites are free
  • They can help you achieve a more cohesive photography style for your site

Cons

  • Since stock photos are free for anyone to use, you do run the risk of having the same photos as other bloggers
  • Sometimes it can take a lot of searching to find that “perfect” photo for your post
  • If not followed properly, you can get in trouble with licensing laws
  • Stock photos might seem a little impersonal to some

If you’re not sure about using stock photos, an alternative option would be to set aside a day or two a take a bunch of your own “stock photos” – pictures around your desk and workspace, lifestyle shots, things from around your home, etc. Just keep them somewhat generic enough since you’re not sure what type of post they’ll be used for yet.

And in case anyone is curious, here is where I usually get my stock photos from… UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Death To The Stock Photo – also, Dana shared a post with a bunch more!

What is your opinion on stock photos? Do you use them for your blog?

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