Images speak a thousand words as they say and so when it comes to building a website or writing a blog post images are important.
If you just add images randomly from Google Images to your blog then that could lead to a DMCA complaint if the image turns out to be copyrighted, that’s where royalty free images come in.
Fortunately, there are plenty of websites out there offering stock images, graphics and photography that you can use freely on both your personal and commercial website or blog.
Some photos or graphics may require you credit the author, however, there are many that don’t even require that, without further ado, let’s begin.
Pexels has been a firm favourite of mine for some time as it features some fantastic textures as well as photography. They also recently added a video library of stock footage also. Visit Pexels.
Pixabay is regarded as one of the best options online for free images and stock photographt to use in your websites, videos and other work. Visit Pixabay.
Finda-Photo lets you browse through by color, collection and source and has a good database of imagery to choose from.
Foter is one of my favourites for business photos and nature photography.
Free High Resolution is the tagline for LifeofPix and they definitely deliver. A great choice for images of nature, animals and scenery.
Free stock photos and images for commercial use by professional and amateur photographers. Visit Splitshare.
A pretty well known stock image website with premium and free photos available. Try 123RF.
UnSplash is a fantastic community driven stock photography website that has a wide range of cateogories to browse through.
Gratisography covers everything from urban city photography through to objects, people, nature and more.
FoodiesFeed pretty much says it all, this is possibly the best website for foodies and food bloggers looking for mouth wateringly free images.
BucketListly is one for the travel bloggers and those who need beautiful photography from around the world. With this site you can browse by country using an interactive map.
Another method which is very effective is to use Google Image Search (yes I know I mentioned the potential pitfalls in my intro) and click on “Tools > Usage Rights” and select “Labeled for Reuse” and you can then use images from Google safely without worrying about the potential repercussions.
Keep in mind, if you are using high quality images from royalty free image websites then you will need to compress and scale down the images to ensure they are suitable for use on the web and don’t drastically slow down your website.
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