Find the best free stock photos on the web! Check out these best free image resources and download the photos you need for your commercial projects!
A lot of people ask the same question – where can I find high-quality and free photos that I can use for my social media content, my blog post or my website?
This is a question with a lot of different answers. Almost every photo you see online is protected by copyright. This is a special protection that gives every author the exclusive right to reproduce or to use their work. There are other options as well – you can create your own photo from scratch or you can find a public domain photo and use a creative commons photo that might or might not need attribution.
Before we present you the best free image resources you can use online, here are a few things to keep in mind!
- Creative Commons is an organization that allows the use and sharing of knowledge and creativity through free and legal tools. There are different types of CC0 licenses or Creative Commons licenses. The types range from allowing only certain uses and absolutely no changes to allowing any type of use (no attribution is required)
- The works in the public domain are usually photos whose copyrights have been forfeited, have expired or are inapplicable. If you find something online it does not mean it is in the public domain. You need to check the terms and conditions first and ensure you can use the photo.
It is really important to read the terms and conditions of each website so you can be absolutely sure what type of attribution is required.
We are going to present different sources and tools. We will cover the following sections:
- Searchable photo sites: Dreamstime, Free Digital Photos, Free Images, Free Range Stock, Free Photos Bank, Image Free, IM Free, and more.
- Free-form photo libraries: Ancestry Images, BigFoto, Gratigraphy, Death to the Stock Photo, FreeMediaGoo, and etc.
- Photo search tools: Can We Image, Compfight, Creative Commons Search, Foter, Google Advanced Image Search, Every Stock Photo, and etc.
- Create-your-own image tools: Canva
- Embeddable media: Getty Images
As you can see the choice is huge! You can check these websites, see what they offer, and then decide which one is your favorite! Happy hunting!
— Heidi Tucker (@heidi_tucker_) 29 de agosto de 2017