You can have the most beautifully designed blog in the world; the perfect typography, the most wonderful layout, a beautifully responsive and adaptive theme and hundreds of well written articles that your readers like to enjoy time and time again. All of that though is useless without the right images to make it all come together.
Using the right photographs and imagery on your blog is crucial for engaging your audience and particularly true across social media. With networks now displaying imagery more prominently our eyes naturally gravitate towards images and when used correctly they can help break up large blocks of texts and make an article easier to read.
How do you go about finding the right image though and how do you know you can use it?
Despite what you might think many images on the web are not free to use and violating copyright images can be a costly mistake. If you can look for images licensed under Creative Commons these are free as long as you properly attribute them. Free imagery can be limited though and sometimes you can struggle to find an image that is relevant to your content.
This is when investing in an account on one of the stock photography sites like Dreamstime can be a smart move and a long term investment for your blog. Having access to stock photography opens up a whole world of images that previously you wouldn’t have had access to or been able to use and you can give your blog and your articles a polished and professional look.
I have a subscription on Dreamstime and I love the flexibility of being able to choose different resolutions of imagery depending on what I need to use it for; when I designed my own business cards last year I was able to find hi-resolution vintage style photos around the theme of a tea party that made the perfect backdrops for the reverse of my cards.
As much as I love taking photographs I wouldn’t have been able to re-create these sort of photographs at home and I was able to design and create professional cards that epitomised my blog and my personality.
Using professional images can take your blog to another level, and I am delighted to offer a brilliant competition that any blogger will love; the chance to win a 3 month subscription to Dreamstime. This will allow you to download 90 images within a three onth time frame and these images can be downloaded over the three months or all in one go.
To enter all you need to do is answer the Rafflecopter compulsory question.