Photos make online content more appealing. They just do. But if you’re a hopeless photographer like me, how do you add gorgeous photos to your content without the risk of being sued for copyright infringement? (It happens – check out this post by blogger, Roni Loren.) I’ve spent a lot of time searching for quality, free stock images I can use legally on my blog and in social media. I have found a number of site who offer just that. They have beautiful photos that can be used for both personal and commercial use with no copyright restrictions. You heard me right: free to use however you please (you can’t sell them or use them on your own free stock image site). Here is my pick of the sites:
This is my number one go to site for gorgeous free stock images. I love the layout of the site and the images are just stunning. Of course they don’t have any where as many photos as the big, paid stock photo sites but they have a great selection. You might recognise an image or two from my site 🙂
Another of my favourite free stock photo sites. 10 stunning pictures uploaded every 10 days.
Great photos. Great site. Enough said.
I love the layout of the Pexel’s website. It has a really user-friendly, simple interface and a great search function.
Pic Jumbo has a cool feature where you can ‘test-drive’ an image before downloading it: you can check it out in various layouts to see if it will work in the way that you want to use it.
Gratisography is great if you’re looking for something a little quirky. Photos are all by photographer Ryan McGuire. He seems to have an interesting way of morphing his subjects (especially people) and has some interesting surreal images too.
Death to Stock does not give you a site full of pretty photos to pick and choose. Instead you must sign up to their email service and once a month you’ll receive an email with pretty pictures. Of course you can always sign up for premium service and pick and choose as you please.
Little Visuals is another site I found with gorgeous images but a sad story. When you visit the site you’ll see a note on the homepage. The note explains that the owner of the page has passed away. “Sadly the young man who created this site died suddenly in Nov 2013. His name is Nic he is 26 and we are his family. Nic 26 years old with a zest for life, a smile to make you smile even on a gloomy day died suddenly the day after his birthday in 2013. He had no symptoms, no health complaints of any kind. Life was good, he had hopes, plans & a life to be lived, all cut short by a Cardiac episode.”
The site has some gorgeous images but has had no uploads since Nic’s passing in 2013. His family are fundraising to supply schools with portable defibrillators. If you would like to donate you can at Just Giving.
Where do you source your images from? Do you pay for stock photos or save your pennies like me?