Looking For Beautiful Free Stock Photos? Here are 5 Resources You Need to Check Out.
Finding high quality stock images to use online used to cost a pretty penny. With companies like Shutterstock dominating the market, stock images were not only expensive, but generic.
Thankfully those days are no more! With beautiful, rights-free stock photos are more accessible than ever. Here’s our teams top 5 websites for sourcing stunning (and, most importantly, free) imagery. Go ahead and give your awesome WordPress website a facelift today!
Free images for commercial use have never been easier to find.
Luckily, there’s now a huge number of free images for commercial use available online. Here’s just some of our favourite sites to find the best of them.
In return for offering photographers the chance to get their work out to a larger audience, Unsplash provides a huge collection of high resolution, beautiful images. It even gives you a friendly reminder to thank the photographer for your free photo, although that’s not required for these rights-free photos.
Over 1 million high quality images find their home in Pixabay, with just some of the best new images curated by the Pixabay team on their homepage every day. But that’s not all, Pixabay also has videos, vectors and illustrations up its sleeve, all free and available for you to use without limitation.
Pexels’ wealth of images are all licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license and available for free, unlimited use. They’re also easy to search thanks to Pexels’ efficient tagging system, and easy to discover through their curated discover pages.
Stocksnap.io boasts hundreds of new, high quality stock images added every week. All free from copyright restrictions, every download of their beautiful images is tracked so you can see which are the most popular.
Freestocks.org boasts high quality collections of royalty free stock images, grouped under convenient categories and extensively tagged so you can browse for the perfect image for your needs.
6. Bonus Stock Image Source – Canva
Last but not least, any users of the free graphic design programme Canva should note that free stock photos are available within Canva itself. This is also a great option for those who want to edit their photos without pricey programmes like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. It’s really never been easier to get great, free images, and you don’t even need to leave Canva to find some of the best.
The key to free images for commercial use? Creative Commons (CC)
In your hunt for royalty free stock, the most important thing is to look out for a Creative Commons (CC) license. This is one of several public copyright licenses that allow for free distribution of work, including the right to share it, use it and modify it.
To ensure that you’re using royalty free images for all your commercial purposes, just look out for that Creative Commons license (you can even filter your Google Images searches to reveal the images that have it) and you’ll stay in the clear.
Never Pay for Stock Photos Again!
So there you have it, these were our favourite sites to source the best stock photos, without needing to spend a single penny.
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