So you are ready with great content for your blog and looking for images, of course free images. The question most bloggers often ask me.
“Where to find free and high quality images for my blogs with no copyright issues”
So basically every bloggers requirement is to have
- Free Image
- High Quality and right pixel size.
- No copyright issues.
In this post, I will answer all these questions and you will not have to struggle for Free Photos anymore going forward.
What are Royalty free Images and free Images?
Royalty images are not free images. You still have to pay for the initial download although you will not have to pay thereafter each time you use it. The leading sites for royalty free images are istock and Fotolia.
Things to know about image licensing
I will be very short on this one as this is a boring topic, but you must have some minimum idea about licenses to save you from any trouble in future.
Ideally for every image you find over internet, you need to seek permission from the creator of that image or the copyright holder if you want to use them.
Now getting permission is not always permission hence there is a provision of certain licenses which allow using photos as per the license assigned.
The only license I think you should be looking for is CC zero (Creative Common License, CC implies free ) and public domain images where basically public domain implies free usage.
Google Images – are not Free images
I would not recommend you to use Google Images. The images displayed in the Google image search results are not free images and using those could land you in trouble.
Although you can use advance search to find images which are labeled as “Labeled for reuse”, “Labeled for reuse with modification” etc., I would still not recommend Google images. It’s very hard to determine the license of the image.
20+ sites with 100% Free High Quality Images with No Copyright Issues
Here i have listed more than 20 sites for you to find images for your blogs. My favorites are Pexels and Pixabay since they have very high quality images and you can search any type of image you want.
The only problem with below list is that they are free and you may find other people using those on their blogs. So what are you waiting for, find an image that best suits your blog.
|PicJumbo||Varies from Picture to Picture.||Nature, Technology, Things, Fashion, People||Click “Free Download” for Copyright Free Images.|
|Unsplash||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Lifestyle, Travel||Updated Every 10 Days.|
|JayMantri||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Nature Lovers||Visit Archive Section|
|Magdeleine||License varies from photo to photo||Nature, People, Animals, Technology, Abstract||One high quality pic daily. No bad picture on the entire site|
|Refe||Many are Free. Check before usage.||Business, Foodstuff, Lifestyle, Outdoor, Travel||Refer Free Category section, they have premium as well.|
|Little Visuals||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Travel, Nature.||Sign-Up to receive 7 Free Hi Resolution in a week.|
|MyStock||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Animals, Nature, Abstract, Casual||Great Quality, Unique and not available on other sites.|
|Crow The Stone||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Nature, Animals, Places||Nice collection. Stylish Images.|
|Travel Coffee Book||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Travel, Beautiful Landscapes.||High Quality and Interesting.|
|Photo Pin||Free Photos Available. Check before use.||Almost all Categories.||Search by Keyword.|
|Gratisography||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Images of People in Poses.||High Quality, best suited for blogs.|
|Moveast.me||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Concerts, Parties, Sports, Games||Use tags to find specific images.|
|Startup Stack Photos||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Office Photos (People with Computers).|
|Free Images||Free Photos Available. Check before use.||Business and Personal,
|Search by Keyword,
Browse by Category.
|Pixabay||Mostly CC0. Varies from picture to picture.||High Quality images, more than 570,000 free images.||Search by Keyword
Browse by Category
|Pexels||Mostly CC0. Varies from picture to picture.||Very High Quality.
Custom pixel size downloads available.
|Search by Keyword
Browse by Category
|New Old Stock||Most photos are Free. Check license before use.||Old Black and White Photos.||Retrospective Collection.|
|Morgue File||Varies from Picture to Picture.||Nature, Animals||Visit Archive Section|
|MMT||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Nature||Search not available. Good Collection of High Resolution Pic|
|PicoGraphy||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Nature, Landscape, Cities.||High Resolution Photos.|
|re:splashed||CC0 License – Copyright Free, Do anything.||Nature, Cities, Rivers, Buildings, Food||900+ Free HD Images.
Keyword Search Available.
There are many other sites apart from one’s listed above that provide free photos. I have myself downloaded free photos from all of the above and it had been a wonderful experience so far.
Hope you were able to find images you were looking for.
All the Best