This post is a guest post but is something I’d been planning on posting about anyway. You may have noticed that for some posts I use stock images – such as this post about Business Organisation Solutions – and this isn’t due to laziness or lack of creativity but not having the props to create the image that I want. Stock images are really handy for this but finding ones that you can use or that fit with a blog can be hard to do. The following post includes 29 places you can find stock images which can be used and was written by Yva at Boost Business Support which is a blog management company based in Aberdeen, Scotland.
You’re actually getting 31 as the two sites that I use regularly aren’t listed here but I wanted to share them too. Ivorymix and Haute Chocolate both have stock images which I’ve used in the past and don’t require any attribution when they’re used. This isn’t always the case though and please check the small print in case you need to attribute the site or photographer whose image you’re using.
Did you know that texts accompanied by images are processed in a more effective and faster way than content without visuals? Images help the reader engage with the text, they trigger the vivid memory which activates similar brain activities as directly experiencing a real situation.
Meaning, quality images are more than just “prettying up the page”. We are constantly telling our clients, imagery can boost blog post conversion and we spend a significant time sourcing and branding the posts we work on.
You don’t need to be a professional photographer in order to upload high quality and original photos to your site. We’ve gathered the top free image sites so bookmark this page! They will simplify your search by saving you time, and they’ll also indulge you with engaging visual aesthetics that will boost your site’s traffic. Have a look at these 29 websites that hold the best free stock for anyone to use.
Powered by Shopify, Burst has a wide range of free images that are available under the CC0 license. This allows you to download their images and use them as you pleased. You can also edit their images to make them fit your aesthetics. I’m sure you’ll find something here for your website as Burst was created with entrepreneurs in mind.
Created by Jonas Wimmerström, Cupcake is an online site where the photographer uploads some of his images. You can modify them and use them as you pleased. All images are copyright free and you can download them at no extra cost.
This community-based site offers the opportunity to download free high-quality images. You’ll see that all images have a watermark, but they will download without it.
Daria, a visual and UX designer and Lean Startup coach, created this site where she uploads images she makes. Daria launched this site hoping she could help other entrepreneurs by facilitating them a platform where they could find interesting, original and high-quality visual content for their site.
If you’re looking for food pictures, FoodiesFeed is your site. They hold an extensive collection of realistic gastronomic images, which you can freely use for any purposes you want.
On this website, you’ll find plenty of public domain images to use on your personal projects. This platform was built by Markus Spiske, a photographer who uploads high-quality images to the site.
This online platform holds over 18,000 free stock images. You just have to browse through their extensive supply of digital images and download the ones that you like the most.
With Free Media Goo you’ll have unlimited access to their stock. You can browse through their different categories and download as many images as you want for free.
This site was created by Adrian Pelletier, a designer, developer and photographer. It’s updated on a daily basis, so you’ll always have new content. It’s the perfect place to look for original nature images.
You’ll find vibrant and colour images at Freestocks. This site allows you to easily download their images through their homepage, but you can also explore their stock by searching through their different categories.
Created by Ryan McGuire, a creative visual artist who enjoys sharing his imagination with the world, Gratisography is an online platform where he shares his images making them available to anyone for downloading in high-resolution. It will provide you with original content.
IM Free is the perfect site for finding web designs that will allow you to have a great sustainable website. From fashion to technology, you’ll be able to explore their different topics and download those images that are more appealing to you.
On this site, you’ll find high-quality photos available in every size. Each photo is accompanied with a colour palette with free graphics. Basically everything you need to build an appealing website.
This interactive website will leave you speechless. Apart from featuring many original images, Life of Pix allows you to save your favourite photos by liking them as well as following your favourite photographers. This interesting feature will allow your site to have the same aesthetics by following the photographers that match your brand’s aesthetics. It will also save you a lot of time, as you can directly go to your profile, and have a quick look at your favourites images.
With Moment (MMT) you can download new images every week. Its founder, Jeffrey Betts, launched the site in 2014 as an online platform where users can download free high-quality photos that they can use for personal and commercial use.
Behind every image at Negative Space, there’s a professional technique guiding the reader’s eye into the main focus of the photo. Photographers upload their images under the CC0 license allowing you to freely use them for commercial purposes.
Providing completely free stock photos, Pexels helps creators to generate pleasing products and designs. It features over 30,000 stock photos. Its stock increases every month as they upload around 3,000 images monthly. This platform was launched in 2014 by Bruno Joseph and Ingo Joseph, with Daniel Frese joining them in 2015.
Picjumbo, created by Viktor Hanacek in 2013, host a wide range of photos taken by Hanacek. Its business section features different high-quality images that can be used in any blog, website or social media channel. Picjumbo also offers a premium package for those who want extra images each month.
Picography was created by an Irish design agency, Hidden Depth, which guarantees that all their images are visually pleasing.
Released under Creative Commons CC0 license, images that are stock in Pixabay are free to download, modify, and distribute. Which comes very handy if you ever need to add or change something from the image.
Realistic Shots update their site every week by uploading 7 different photos. This project is from Commit 2 Design, a personal space of Henry Reyes where he shares his designs.
Refe offers different packs for downloading their images. They provide high-quality imagery which will help you to create a strong visual impact. Their free images pack has a wide range of different options that are both aesthetically appealing and have excellent quality.
Skitterphoto has an extensive collection of public domain photos which users can download for free. You can edit them and use them for commercial use or any purposes you’ve in mind. They’re completely free. This site was launched in 2014 by amateur photographers with day jobs. A real inspiration for any entrepreneur.
SplitShire is the personal project of Daniel Nanescu. After many years of professional photography, this artist gathered many images that weren’t being used. Instead of keeping them in the shadows, he decided to upload them to the platform and make them available for anyone to download them for free and use them in different projects.
If you rather have images delivered to your email, you can sign up to Stockpic and they will send you 10 new photos every 2 weeks. Or you can also download them from their site.
With StockSnap you’ve the advantage of getting hundreds of new images every week. Their images do not require attribution as they’re uploaded under the CC0 license.
Street Will hosts vintage photos that you can download and freely use on your site. You can browse their gallery by searching a keyword or exploring them by type – popular or recent.
Used by Apple and Deepak Chopra, Unsplash is a very popular site featuring amazing free high-quality content from different photographers. At this user-friendly platform, you can browse individual images or explore their different collections. You can’t go wrong with it.
Yeah! Stock Photos gathers the best copyright free images all in one site. True to their motto, they help other creatives to find the perfect image in their vast collection.
Now that you’ve plenty of resources where you can download free images for your site, remember to choose those that are related to your content, and that match your brand voice. Also, bear in mind that you might need to attribute the photographer for some images. You’ll find this information next to each photo.
Hopefully, this post will help you if you need to find stock images for your blog posts and I’d love to know if you know of any sites for stock images which aren’t listed here.
Pop them in the comments and help us find more places to find stock images.
Disclaimer: This was a guest post.