One of the biggest problems I’ve faced in my main years writing blog posts has been finding good images to use. Sometimes it’s simply a case of struggling to think of the right idea, but more often it’s wading through the hundreds of cheesy stock photos or settling for a, at best, loosely connected image that comes from one of the free image providers. Over time I’ve manage to find a variety of solution including free sites which offer great images and premium offerings like Lightstock. However, one of the best solutions I’ve come up with is to take my own photos.
Admittedly, when I started taking these photos they were absolutely terrible, but over time I’ve improved and learned more about what makes a good image for blog posts and announcements as well as general graphics. Elements such as leading lines, negative space, the rule of thirds, the level of contrast in the image, and more. This has helped me improved my photos a lot (not that I couldn’t improve more).
Since I’ve become a Staff Writer for ChurchMag, it has made me ask the question more:
“How can I help the readers of ChurchMag and equip the church?”
Well, this is my latest answer. I’m giving my photos away with ChurchMag for you to use as you like (under CC0 1.0) for two reasons.
- To equip the church and Christians.
- To drive me to hone my skill.
For the second part, I’d request your feedback on these images (you can contact me on Twitter and elsewhere) and I’d love your requests for other images that you would find useful to use in your church, blog, social media account etc.
How to Get These Free Photos?
As I assemble these photo sets, they will be given away to weekly and monthly ChurchMag newsletter subscribers. In fact, the first set goes out this weekend!
Simply sign up here so you don’t miss out:
Again, these will be given away in the Weekly and Monthly Capsules, or we can discuss solo licensing and speedy delivery options if you are looking for that, too.
What types of photo sets would you like to see released in an upcoming ChurchMag newsletter?
[Image via Chris Wilson for ChurchMag]