5 Free Action And Fitness Photography Sources For Sport Instructors

5 Free Action And Fitness Photography Sources

A picture can say a thousand words…and it gets clicked on too. Using visual content to support your messaging and written word makes it easier to grab your audience’s attention. On top of that, people retain information if it’s paired with a relevant image;

“When people hear information, they’re likely to remember only 10% of that information three days later. However, if a relevant image is paired with that same information, people retained 65% of the information three days later.” (Source)

5 Free Action And Fitness Photography Sources For Sport Instructors

In addition, Google shows images and videos in high ranking positions which can help your sports instructor website/blog get more traffic. Social media posts with images get more engagement and clicks. To convince you even more, below are 3 key reasons why you should start using visual content when marketing your sports business;

3 Reasons to start using images in your content

  • Relevant images help to grab your audience’s attention
  • The more images you use in your blog post, the more clicks and engagement it can get. In fact, BuzzSumo analysed over 1 million articles and found that blog posts/articles with an image once every 75-100 words received double the social media shares as articles with fewer images
  • Adding an image to your next tweet can help a positive impact on the number of retweets. According to Buffer, tweets with pictures receive 150% more retweets that tweets with no images.
  • Same goes for Facebook; a post with an image gets 2.3x more engagement than one without images (Source).

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Visual content can help you drive more traffic, get more clicks and better engagement rates which in turn can result in more clients to train. If you struggle to find relevant visual content for your posts, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In the next section, we’re going to have a look at free sources where you can get relevant images that will help you do just that.

5 Free Action / Fitness photography Sources

Before you start downloading images, always read Terms and Conditions and look for Creative Commons usage. Also, quickly check the type of Creative Commons license license in use.

1. Pixabay

Pixabay is one of the best image databases out there. It offers copyright-free and cost-free photos published under Creative Commons which means that you can download, copy, modify, share and use the images, even for commercial purposes. And the good thing is that you don’t have to register.

For example, when we searched for fitness related photos, it came up with over 4,000 free images.

5 Free Action And Fitness Photography Sources - Pixabay

2. Pickupimage

Pickupimage is a large collection of free high-res photographs mostly focusing on nature- and outdoor-related scenes. Same as with Pixabay, the images can be copied, modified and distributed—even for commercial purposes. No registration necessary!

3. Unsplash

Unsplash offers 10 free (to do whatever you want with) high-resolution photos every 10 days. No registration necessary. You can also subscribe to their Newsletter and get free images to your inbox. It’s not as big database as Pixabay but you can find some great photos there.

5 Free Action And Fitness Photography Sources - Unsplash

4. Compfight

Compfight is basically a Flickr image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. When searching, make sure you select the relevant license so you only get images that you can use.

5. Google Image Search

If you’re struggling to find an image that would fit to your content, you can also try Google Image Search. Obviously, you can’t just ‘google’ it and download the first image you see; however there is a way around it. Here’s how to make sure you download the copyright-free image:

Go to Google Image Search, click on Search Tools – > Usage Rights and then Labelled For Reuse With Modification

5 Free Action And Fitness Photography Sources - Google Image Search

Bonus: Pexels

Pexels is another database of free high quality photos. All images are under the CC Zero license which means you can use them for commercial projects for free and no attribution is required.

Now that you know where to find free images, why not start building your social media engagement?! And you don’t have to be a designer to re-size and edit your images; check out free tools like Canva. This tool allows you to search for the best graphics, photos, and fonts (or upload your own) then use Canva’s drag-and-drop tool to create a new design.

Here are a few ideas how you can edit your photos;

  • Testimonials – convert your clients’ testimonials into quote images
  • Quotes – Turn motivational quotes into sharable images
  • Workout tips and advice
  • Memes – create funny memes around your sport
  • GIF’s – change your images into Gifs

One last thing… Image Sizes!

How exactly should your image size so it fits in the Twitter, Instagram and Facebook News Feed, timeline, or stream? The image height, width, and orientation—are the factors that most influence how your image will appear in a social media network stream.

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Each social network has its own rules, below is quick cheat sheet of the image sizes;

  • Facebook – 1,200 x 628
  • Twitter – 1,024 x 512
  • LinkedIn – 700 x 400
  • Google+ – 800 x 1,200
  • Pinterest – 735 x 1,102
  • Instagram – 1,080 x 1,080

We’ve covered why to use images, where to find them and how to edit them to fit your content. So you’re all set to drive engagement, traffic and leads for your sport instructor business with the help of images. Have fun!

What image sources and tools do you use to create visuals for your content?

About the Author Hugo Elliott

Hugo's an endurance and adventure sports nut who's completed the Swiss KIM, London Marathon and Ironman Switzerland. When he's not in the 'office' he can be found out cycling or ski touring. He co-founded OffPeaks.

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