You’ve probably heard, “a picture is worth more than a thousand words”. Whereas, experts believe that the human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text, that’s insane, right? Well, all that put together gets the job done.
Now the question here is how to get those free photos. If you had ever searched for photos on Google you may notice that many websites promise free photos, but, in reality 99% of the photos on Google are copyrighted, and that means you will have to pay to use them.
However, from now on you are going to learn about sites that offer copyright-free photos, which means you won’t pay even a single cent, in some cases you’ll have to give attribution which is not a big deal.
Pexels is one of the most popular free stock image site in the world of bloggers. The site is filled with a vast collection of free photos and videos that you can either use for personal or commercial purposes for free.
PicJumbo is another free stock photo site that has been growing well recently. The site has a very large collection of free stock photos that can also be used commercially. If you like their services you may also opt to sign up for their newsletters.
This site has a wide array of high quality photographs mostly for bloggers and internet marketers. Another unique added quality on Pixabay is that you can also access their free vectors, illustrations and videos for free without any attribution required.
This site offers top-quality photos and videos for free and no attribution is required. And over hundreds of photos are added everyday. The site has a collection of over 400, 000 high-quality photographs from more than 50, 000 of its contributors.
Kaboompics offers a great selection of photos from its large collection of over 300,000 top-quality images. Users can also search for photos by colour. Kaboompics follows a similar licencing model as most of free stock photo sites, their licence states that you can freely use their photos except that you cannot redistribute their photos, which is quite fair.
Canva is an online graphic designing platform that also offers a wide variety of free stock photos. You can easily download images for free and also use their graphic designing tools to tune your pictures and use them on either social media or you website.
Gratisography is a unique platform where you can find quite interesting and high-quality photographs for your site. The bonus thing about this site is that its unique images are not comparable to any free stock photo platform on the internet, since only the best photographs make it to this website.
Pikwizard is a photography website that offers multiple services to its users, this includes its vast array of free stock photos and photo editing tools which allow you to freely customise and add text to the photos.
9. New Old Stock
As the name suggests, New Old Stock offers only public domain photographs that have no copyright boundaries whatsoever. Here you will find great vintage photographs, you will really enjoy their services if you have a great taste for history.
10. Foodies Feed
Yummy! Get yummy! I got this suggestion specifically for food bloggers. Foodies Feed offers thousands of high-quality and realistic food pictures that can be used for free. This is the best platform to find cuisine photos for food blogs and websites.
The photography platform aims at giving emerging photographers an opportunity to showcase their creativity and photography skills to the world. Here you can find high-quality images that are suitable for any of your creative project for free, of course.
The platform offers a huge collection of photographs in many different categories. In terms of licensing, they are categorised under Creative Commons Zero, which means anyone can use their images for free.
13. Wikimedia Commons
Just before I wind up the list I thought it would be better to include Wikimedia Commons. This is a great platform to find photographs that are meant for in-depth articles, like the ones on Wikipedia, although most of the images here are free and can be reused on the public domain, there are still some rules to use their content, this includes redirecting attribution to the authors of the photograph(s). It’s not quite hard, just click the image you’d like to use and it will redirect you to a page with more details on how you can use it. Voila!
Although most of these sites have licences under Creative Commons Zero (CC0), it’s really appreciated to credit the authors of the provided files, it motivates them to provide even more creative work.