One feature of many of the most popular blogs is the imagery. Many tech sites, like BlogsDNA, tend to rely on the screenshots that the writers take while testing various apps and services. But some sites have a tougher time, based on the subjects they cover. That is where stock images come into play. Services like BigStock and Shutterstock are two of the big names that contribute the images you see on news and opinion stories, but neither is free, making them an added expense, especially tough for smaller sites and personal blogs.
A little known web site called PicJumbo wishes to fill that void by providing free stock images for both personal and commercial use. The site instead relies on advertising to cover its expenses.
To locate an image, there are are a number of categories listed down the left side, which you click to start browsing. These include technology, animals, nature, and many more, including the ever-popular “uncategorized”. Inexplicably, there is no search option.
All images are completely free for any use, the only forbidden use is selling the images. Each is high-quality, mostly 3888 px wide. The site does request attribution, which you can cover by simply adding an “image credit” at the bottom of the post, along with a link to the site.
The site is new and is a one-man show at the moment, being run by Viktor Hanacek. However, he plans to add images from other photographers in the future, and anyone is welcome to submit their pictures. It’s a great service and hopefully will improve even more. The lack of search is really the only problem I have the site.