12 Places to Find Free Images for Your Website
BY LESLIE TRUEX
There was a time you could get away with providing text-only content on your website. Today, pictures are not only worth a thousand words, they can also increase traffic and income. Graphics attract readers and add appeal to your website and social media posts. The problem is getting high quality photos at an affordable price. One option is to take your own photos or create your own graphics, but that is time consuming and requires you know something about photography and graphic design.
Fortunately, many free and affordable image resources are available. Here are 12 resources for finding images that you can use on your blog or other resources.
1) Bing Image Search
You'll notice a "i" on the lower right of the photos you pick that will provide you with links to copyright information.
Canva not only offers free and paid graphics, but also, an online editing service so you can create blog and social media graphics, book covers, and more. If you don't like Canva's graphic options, you can upload your own. Canva's Design School has a list of 74 other free stock photo sites to help you find the right photo.
Dreamstime offers over 26 million free and paid photos. You need to create an account before using photos, but registration is free. Read all terms and conditions for using free and paid photos.
FreeDigitalPhotos.net offers free and paid photos for personal and business purposes. If you use free photos, you’ll need to provide attribution to the photo’s owner.
FreeImages.com was created as an alternative to more expensive stock photo sites.
You’ll find over 350,000 photos in many categories that you can use on your website, book covers and more. Be sure to read the terms of service carefully, as there are restrictions as to how and where you can use graphics, and in some cases you need to ask the photograph’s owner for permission to use the image.
FreeMediaGoo.com offers free photos, including backgrounds and textures that you can use for personal or commercial purposes. There aren’t as many photos as on other sites, but there aren’t any hoops to jump through or extensive restrictions to use them either.
FreePhotoBank.com has a variety of free-to use photos in several categories, that you can download as jpeg or zip file.
FreeRangeStock.com provides many photos for free, using ad revenue to support the site and it’s photographers. You need to become a member to use photos, but registration is free.
Pixabay.com offers free royalty-free images, vectors and art illustrations that don’t require attribution for your personal or commercial digital content (i.e. websites) or print items. There are over 250,000 photos is a variety of categories. There are a few limitations and restrictions, so read the terms of service carefully.
Unsplash.com offers free to use creative commons graphics that you can copy, modify and distribute for personal or commercial purposes. Permission and attribution are not required. The site provides ten new photos every ten days. They are good quality and diverse, but they aren’t searchable or organized. You can click the “grid” option just above the first photo to see the photos in a grid.
WikimediaCommons has over 23 million photos you can use submitted by photographers all over the world. They are offered under a creative commons license, but be sure to read each photo’s requirements before using. Like Flickr, each photo will have its own rules for use.