Tuesday, November 29, 2016

23 Sites Where You Can Get Free Stock Images For Your Blog

Many bloggers rely on Pinterest to generate visitors to their sites, which means that ALL bloggers need high quality images on their blogs. This typically isn’t too difficult for fashion bloggers, who usually include images of themselves on their blogs that can then be pinned to Pinterest. It’s also not too difficult for food bloggers who usually share drool-worthy images of their creations.

For the rest of us though? Creating Pinterest-worthy images can be difficult, to say the least!

The one thing you absolutely don’t want to do is search Google and use any old image that you find on your blog. Using a photo without permission could land you in legal hot water. Stories of bloggers paying hundreds to thousands of dollars in fines for copyright infringement are all over the internet.
Thankfully, there are plenty of sites where you can purchase stock photos, such as BigstockPhoto.com (my personal favorite) or iStock (which is owned by Getty Images). I’ve had great luck purchasing stock photos in the past, but it can be expensive!

Luckily, there are plenty of places online where you can get free stock images! Free stock images will help your site look great and you will be able to create Pinterest-worthy graphics that will help draw visitors to your website.
Need photos? Bookmark these 21 sites where you can get free stock images for your blog!

1. Death to the Stock Photo

Register for their list and each month you will receive a new pack of royalty-free stock images that you may use any way you like.

2. Free JPG

Free photos for commercial and editorial use with no restrictions.

3. Free Images

Images are free as long as you stick to the rules in the Image license Agreement. Also, in some cases you may need to notify the artists about using the images and sometimes you need to give credit to them. You can see these restrictions under the image previews, right next to the Download button. You also need to sign up for a free account in order to download images.

4. Gratisography

Free high-resolution photographs that are free of copyright restrictions. New photos added weekly.

5. Jay Mantri

The images found on this site are Creative Commons Public Domain, meaning you can “copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.”

6. Magdeleine

Hand-picked free photos. Some photos require attribution.

7. morgueFile

Free high resolution stock photos for commercial or personal use.

8. Negative Space

Free stock images with no copyright restrictions. Premium photos are also available at a cost, although you set the price you want to pay and 50% of that is donated to charity.

9. New Old Stock

Vintage photos from public archives. “Free of known copyright restrictions.”

10. Pexels.com

10 new high-quality stock photos are released each day at Pexels. No restrictions on use.

11. PhotoPin

Use PhotoPin to search through hundreds of thousands of free stock images. They provide HTML code that makes it easy to provide attribution to the photographer or original source of the photo (see above!). You can also sort by license type (commercial or non-commercial) to make sure you are getting the correct attribution.

12. Picjumbo

Download beautiful free photos for commercial and personal use.

13. Pixabay

Hundreds of thousands of images are listed on Pixabay. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. This is one of the first sites I recommend searching if you are looking for free stock images for your blog.

14. Public Domain Archive

100% free high-resolution stock photos from the public domain.

15. Refe

High-quality, royalty-free, natural-looking photos. Please note: “Photos cannot be resold or redistributed on its own, or used in a product offered for sale where the item contributes to the core value of the product being sold.” In other words, you can use these photos in projects, but not if you plan on selling said project.

16. Splitshire

Frequently updated free stock images for commercial use. No copyright so these images can be used almost anywhere but they cannot be resold.

17. Startup Stock Photos

Free images depicting everyday life at a startup/ in an office.

18. StockSnap

Frequently updated archive of free stock images that are free from copyright restrictions with no attribution required.

19. Stock Vault

Printing and reproduction of the images on Stock Vault is prohibited. Images can be used on non-commercial websites.

20. Travel Coffee Book

You’ll find beautiful travel photos at Travel Coffee Book, all of which are public domain and can be used in any and all projects.

21. Unsplash.com

10 new high-resolution photos every 10 days. No attribution required.

22. Free Food Photos

If you love using photos of food on your site you will love FreeFoodPhotos.com, where they have tons of stock food images that can all be used for free – even in commercial projects – as long as attribution is given.

23. Good Stock Photos

One new photo is added to this site each day. Photos can be used on personal and commercial projects.


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