Not everyone is a great photographer or has a digital camera. I tend to think that every blogger has these things but then I realize that I am projecting my own life onto other bloggers. Sometimes you don’t have a camera with you or you don’t have photos that perfectly compliment your blog. Don’t worry about it because you can use completely legal royalty free photos on your blog using a service called picapp. I’ve been using picapp from time to time on a few of my blogs and even won a big contest that they sponsored last year for Blog World Expo. I now have the ability to use picapp in a smarter way. The Picapp plug in is totally integrated with Worpress (one you download and install it). This means that if you were looking for a photo of “Superbowl Parties” you could enter it into the search box and in seconds you can have either creative or editorial photos that you can embed into your blog. Like this one.

XXXIX Superbowl Pregame Show

If you mouse over the image you get the editorial story about that image. How about a creative one. Something more generic like “football”

Running with the ball

Embedding those photos took me no time at all. Try out the picapp plug in for yourself.

And Watch this video for more on how it works.

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No Responses to “Picapp for images you can use on your blog”

  1. Leigh says:

    Do you think it’s better than the Flickr Plug in for WordPress called wp-decorator?

    Leighs last blog post..I Married my Mother-in-lawÒ€¦

  2. BenSpark says:

    I’ve never tried that plug in, however I do find that this plug in is great for getting the most up to date photos from Getty images and various other news sources sot hat I cam add timely information in the form of photos to my blogs.

  3. derl says:

    thats cool, i use stock photos for sites but didn’t know a company made a plugin, i just searched picapp and they have a ton of photos, i would still be worried though about copyright even though they say their all licensed

  4. BenSpark says:

    Naw, using the pictures is fine. Picapp is a great company.

  5. Jeet says:

    Leigh asked the question I had in mind. I use flickr to find relevant images. Sometimes I contact the photographer and it has resulted into many internet friendships πŸ™‚

  6. BenSpark says:

    You make a great point. I am a photographer, or at least I play one on my other blog. I tend to do my own photos but occasionally use picapp. I hardly ever ask other photographers for their stuff though.

  7. Jeet says:

    Almost every ‘legally conscious’ blogger looks out for copyright free (or creative commons) photos (and sometimes music). Photos give a personality to the blog and make it look more professional.

    Picapp guys have made the process easy by taking a huge catalog of photos and making it available right in your blog (similar you new plug-in browser/installer in wordpress πŸ™‚ ) I wonder if they will make me lazy :))

  8. BenSpark says:

    I don’t think it will make you lazy but rather give you another option.

  9. lisa marie says:

    wow, it’s my first time to hear that plug ins. thanks for posting. πŸ™‚

  10. BenSpark says:

    It is a very good plug-in, hope you try it out.

  11. Jeet says:

    Tried this on one of my movie review blog. I was hoping to get movie posters etc. but they only had movie premier photos.

    I spent a lot of time playing searching for different images withing wordpress though πŸ˜›

  12. BenSpark says:


    There should not be any movie poster, these are photos from events not pictures of other pictures. I think these are mostly the photos that didn’t make it into the major news magagzines or papers.

  13. tom says:

    i no for sure that im not a good photographer pic

  14. BenSpark says:

    Keep trying Tom. You only get better with practice.

  15. do u know anything similar to this plugin to be used in my blogger hosted blog?

  16. BenSpark says:

    There are no plug ins for blogger blogs but you can certainly go to and get an account and use the images on blogger blogs. Just not a plug in since blogger isn’t really a plug in based system.

  17. Anthony says:

    This is nice plugin but on my blog I use plugin called Zemanta. It is not only helps to find the pictures but can add links to relevan Wikipedia pages etc.

    Anthony (home garden seeds)s last blog post..A Few Words About Container Gardening

  18. BenSpark says:

    I’ve heard about Zemanta. I think I saw them at a conference or something. I’ll have to check out their stuff too.

  19. Tom says:

    Thanks for all the informative information. Will be sure to check it up soon. Keep it up and look forward to your future posts.

    Toms last blog post..Independent authors take their work directly to fans

  20. This is an excellent resource…It’s hard to use photos on your site w/o that “paranoia” of someone busting you for copyright infringement. Many thanks.

    Jason the Hoarders last blog post..OCD Hoarding (Part 2)

  21. BenSpark says:

    The site and plug in are excellent, you can still use picapp images on your blogger blog just not the plug in.

  22. Thanks for the info. i have never heard of Picapp but I’m always looking for pics to plug in different places on my site. The plugin should make it easier as well.

    Nick | Mom Most Traveleds last blog post..You Can Make This (and this, too)!

  23. BenSpark says:

    Hi Nick,
    This is definitely a very useful plug in, I hope you have a good time using it.

  24. Roger says:

    Thanks for informing about this plugin , I never knew any thing like picapp existed . I ll surely give it a try !

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