Finding the Perfect Free Stock Photo
Visuals have become one of the most important components of digital marketing and advertising – whether that’s creating eye-catching infographics, viral YouTube videos, or simply finding the perfect free stock photos for a social media post or email.
When it comes to that third option, the process may not actually be so simple thanks to copyright law. Not all photos can be used freely, so make sure to source images from the public domain and avoid accidentally “stealing” images to which you do not have the rights.
Creative Commons Zero and the Public Domain
Under the Creative Commons Zero license, bloggers, web designers, and social media marketers alike do not need to give credit to the photographer or the site you download the image from. You can use the free stock photos from the sites in this list for any reason, commercial or personal.
Here are Frozen Fire’s 13 Best Websites for Free High-Quality Stock Photos
These sites offer a consistent stream of unique, high-quality images that are a welcome departure from poorly made and edited stock photos. They all fall under the Creative Commons Zero license – use them however you want!
With over 930,000 stock photos, vectors, videos, and art illustrations to choose from, Pixabay is a massive free resource of which all marketers need to be aware.
Pexels has a wide collection of imagery featuring plants and animals, people, travel, technology, and more. All pictures from this site are free to be used for any legal purpose.
The Unsplash team releases 10 new, beautiful high-resolution photos each week. Subscribe to their emailing list so you never miss out on these “do whatever you want” photos.
All the free high-resolution photos on Gratisography were captured by Photographer Ryan McGuire. He clearly has an artistic eye. You can use his photographs for any of your personal or commercial projects.
5. Negative Space
6. Free Stocks
Free Stocks has a wide collection of free stock photos, with special emphasis on cities and architecture, fashion, and people.
The Picography stock photo collection offers a wide selection and the images downloaded from this site can be used for any personal or commercial project.
Jeffrey Betts founded MMT in 2014 to share his love of photography with the world. Check out his collections, featuring nature, cities, workspaces, and macro photography.
All photos from Skitterphoto are in the public domain. You can use them however you like! Check out their “Admin picks” on the home page for their latest favorite photos.
10. Life of Pix
The Life of Pix gallery is still growing, but offers some great image choices that consumers will not have seen anywhere else.
11. Foodies Feed
This site is your go-to for anything and everything food related. Download these pics for free from Foodies Feed and use them however and wherever you want.
Stocksnap adds hundreds of new high-resolution images every single week, all from copyright restrictions. Use their popular searches page to quickly find the photo you need.
Use all the royalty-free photos from Burst by Shopify however you want. This site organizes photos by category and by the business you are trying to market.
We hope you use these awesome, free resources to save time and money. Thanks to this list, you can finally be free from cheap-looking stock photos. Happy marketing!
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