A picture paints a thousand words, as the old saying goes.
I think its safe to say most bloggers appreciate that a good article should have a careful blend of text and visuals such as images, video, and infographics.
Readers don’t like reading mammoth blocks of continuous writing and visual elements make articles easier on the eye.
Sourcing Free Images
Once upon a time, sourcing quality images could be an expensive business. There were a few free image sites but the quality was pretty lame in most cases. iStockPhoto (before it was taken over by Getty Images) was fairly well priced but there wasn’t a great choice out there.
This changed with the advent of smartphones and other mobile devices. Almost overnight, there was a camera in everybody’s pocket and the world was blessed with millions of new amateur photographers.
Stock photo libraries evolved in parallel to the mobile revolution and we are now blessed with a plentiful supply of free image websites.
In this article, we’ve curated some of the biggest and best websites to source free images for your blog.
The mission of Pexels is “Empowering Creators”, and it’s safe to say this has held true. There are now thousands of free high-quality photos freely available on Pexels.
All images on the website can be safely used for commercial and non-commercial reasons.
Australian company Canva bought the Pexels website in 2019 but the licensing policies appear unchanged. It’s an excellent resource for Bloggers.
One of the most extensive photo vaults around, Pixabay boasts an inventory of over one million images.
Like Pexels, the growth of the site was powered by a community of creatives, sharing copyright-free images and videos.
In 2019, Canva purchased the website (along with Pexels), but the ethos remains the same.
Images come with a Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the creator. The same license also applies if you are using images for commercial purposes.
Burst is a free stock photo platform owned by e-commerce giant Shopify.
The good news is that you don’t need to be a Shopify subscriber to access the image vault, and all photos are free for commercial use with no attribution required.
The library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images shot by their global community of photographers.
Picjumbo was created by Czech photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013 to showcase his own photographic work.
Over the years, the site has evolved into a free image resource and used by millions of bloggers, designers, and marketers all around the world.
The number of images available don’t match the huge vaults at some of the image sites but Hancek’s beautiful photos are free to use and attribution is not required.
Unsplash hosts thousands of images provided by a generous community of photographers.
All photos published on the website are available for free and can be used for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
There is a wide range of photos on the site, but some of the scenic shots, in particular, are amazing.
ISORepublic offer high-quality free stock photos and video under a free Creative Commons CC0 license. There are no restrictions. You can freely download, use on both personal and commercial projects, edit or share, and do so without permission or attribution to the creator of the work.
Picography has been providing stunning images to millions of people for four years. It is now established as one of the top sources for high-resolution, free photos. Images can be used wherever you like, with no attribution required.
All images are Creative Commons (CC0) licensed.
StockSnap offers beautiful, high-quality stock photos for just about any use you can think of – including commercial usage – for free.
Gratisography stands out by offering one of the quirkiest collections of free high-resolution pictures, images you won’t find anywhere else. All completely free of copyright restrictions.
If you are looking for some leftfield or “off the wall” images, then check out Gratisography. You won’t be disappointed.
Life of Pix
Life of Pix is an image library run by a community of photographers who have come together to share their best shots.
The library includes thousands of free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions for personal and commercial use. There are new photographs added weekly, and all images are donated to the public domain.
If you can think of any more useful free stock photo resources, drop them in the comments below and I’ll check them out.