Sometimes it’s hard to get the right photos for your posts or projects. I get it. I’ve struggled with it myself. Most of us aren’t professional photographers, so stock photos can really help to land the look you’re looking for in a pinch. Getting the images for free is even better.
Before you use free stock imagery, it’s a good idea to make sure you understand the difference between royalty-free and copyright free. Sometimes there are caveats to the usage and you want to be sure you know what you’re agreeing to before putting any of the images on your site or in your projects.
Royalty-free images subject to copyright or other intellectual property rights can be used without having to pay royalties or license fees for each use, per each copy or volume sold or some time period of use or sales. The image isn’t exclusively yours. Anyone has the right to use it, however, the photographer or artist still maintains ownership. When you download royalty-free images, the allowed usage should be clearly stated.
Copyright Free Images
Copyright-free just means that the work isn’t protected by any copyright. You won’t be restricted in the use of these images unless you’ve agreed otherwise.
Here are my 5 go-to websites for free stock imagery:
Unsplash is one of my absolute favorites because the photos are just so darn beautiful. I always find something great on Unsplash. If you’re a photographer, you can upload your photos to their site as well.
Pexels is another one that ranks at the top of the list for me. A lot of the images on their site are bright and clean. Beautiful aesthetic.
iStock by Getty has a mixture of free and paid images. They have memberships and flexible plans that aren’t too expensive so if the free images on their site just don’t cut the mustard for what you’re looking for, you can always look into their paid options.
Dreamstime is another site that has a mixture of paid and free images but their free section is pretty clear and easy to navigate.
Free Images is another site that’s got a different style of images than some of the previous ones mentioned.
There ya have it! 5 Resources for Free Stock Images. Have fun digging through these sites. I’m sure you’ll find some beautiful imagery that will help make your content amazing!