I used ShutterStock for the base images on my novel cover and to be fair the prices were reasonable and the choice was huge. I cannot afford to do this for day-to-day images to make my blog look prettier but there is help at hand: there are lots of great free images out there. A quick look on Google will identify those sites with images available under creative commons licenses – e.g. StockSnap, Pexels and my current favourite Unsplash.
This is also a bit of a shout out to people whose pictures I have used before – they may be free but they are also really good and I couldn’t figure out how to embed the details in the things I did with them so here goes: