If you’ve got a website, then you’ve probably searched frantically for photos at one time or another.
Following are the best places to find free photos for your personal website, online newsletters, and more.
Interestingly… here’s an article about the “free” use of thumbnails (such as those from AP) on your own website. This debate first arose when Google started doing it.
Where To Find Free Photos
Robin Good at Master New Media provides some excellent resources under the heading of “what communication experts need to know.”
And this one is the best of the best:
To those free photo sites listed in the article above, I would add these:
- Free Range Stock
- Free Images
- Free Images UK
- IM Free Photos
- Image Source Royalty Free Stock Photos
- Morguefile Free Photographs
- New York Public Library Digital Collections
- Pexels Free Stock Photos
- Picjumbo Free Stock Photos
- Pixabay Free Images
- Public Domain Pictures
- Stocksnap Free Stock Photos
- Unsplash Free HD Stock Photos
2 Tips Before You Use “Free” Photos
- Even though all of the above sites offers free stock photos, be sure to read the terms and license fees for each individual photo that you plan to use — especially if you’re using it for business or commercial purposes. Sometimes limitations still apply.
- Most sites that offer free photos also sell photos as well. Each time you use a free photo site’s own search tool, be sure you’re looking only at the free photos that show up — because pictures that you can purchase will also show up in the search results.
Other Places To Find Free Photos
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you find interesting free photo sites:
- 21 Amazing Sites With Free Stock Photos
- 10 Sites Where You Can Get Free Stock Photos
- 15 Best Places For Designers To Get Free Stock Photos Online
- 20 Free Stock Photo Sites For Your Social Media Images
- 11 Awesome Websites To Get Free Photos
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