Good photos from the Bible Lands are pretty much indispensable now for anyone teaching about the Bible or its history & geography. A Google image search is problematic because many results are low-res and/or copyrighted.
Here are your two best options for obtaining a *good* set of photos that span anything you’d ever need in biblically-related teaching.
1) Take many, many trips to the Bible Lands. You will need multiple visits in order to catch every site with low crowds, good lighting, and the angle that best shows the subject. This will involve, at the very least, numerous trips to Israel and the West Bank, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, and Syria.
2) You can buy Todd Bolen’s comprehensive set of Bible Lands photos for a fraction of the price. We’re talking about more than 17,500 photos plus nearly 400 PowerPoint presentations. This package has recently been upgraded with thousands of new high-resolution photos and is currently on sale. You can buy complete packages for a few hundred dollars or smaller libraries for $24.99 and up.
Todd describes the updated collection:
We do not know of any collection that covers as much ground as this one. We believe that the quality of the photos is high. The winning combination is the availability of high-quality photos of biblical sites, scenes, and objects for pennies per photo.
I use Bible photos all the time in my teaching, whether it is from Genesis, Samuel, Acts, Revelation, or anything in between. Low-quality pictures often deliver close to what you paid for them. Good pictures often teach by themselves. They illuminate Bible texts and leave enduring impressions in our visually-oriented society.