15 May Never Get Stuck Again with These Free Stock Photo Sites.
In this short blog post, I am going to share 9 sites which can be used for free stock photography and images. There have been countless times where I have written the perfect message for our social media channels only to be let down by not having the right image that shares the same message.
Before we start, I would like to make it very clear that the websites I am sharing are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means that you are legally allowed to copy, share or modify these photos even for commercial purposes without having to gain permission from the artist. However, it should be noted that some of these sites require attribution. It is therefore in your own interest to read the license details which are provided below the site.
So, without further ado, I present to you a list of sites which are free to use, to land that perfect tweet/post with that perfect image attached, which will help engage and attract your audience.
Negative Space provides new free stock photos every week. All of the photos shared without copyright restrictions meaning that you can use them however you please.
Stokpic is a site which was set up by Ed Gregory, who decided to give away his photos because they were just sitting on his hard-drive. The site quickly turned popular giving access to free photos which can be used and modified. However, the Stokpic license doesn’t allow redistribution of their photos so be careful to read the full license before using.
Splitshire provides free, high-resolution photographs which can be used for personal and commercial purposes. These stock photos can be used for advertising materials, on social media, book covers, music artwork to name a few. But be sure to check the license which is very clear on what you can’t do with Splitshire photos.
ISO Republic was founded in 2014 by Tom Eversley, a designer and photographer from England. The site provides free stock photos for creative professionals to use for commercial and personal creative projects. Once again, be sure to check the license for full clarity.
Shutterstock was founded in 2003 by Jon Oringer. Arguably the first website to provide free photos for commercial use. However, it contains a tricky license agreement which states in plain that some photos can be used without credit but others may need to provide it in a certain format. Meaning that it is especially vital that you check this license before using the images.
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos which are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. These images can be used for personal and commercial use, modified, and distributed. No attribution is required for this site.
iStock was founded in 2000 and have been providing free stock images for over 17 years, but be sure to check out the two different types of license which can be found by clicking here!
StockSnap is a way of finding beautiful free stock photos. They are the highest quality and highest resolution pictures which are added to their database on a daily basis. No attribution is required as this site release their photos under Creative Commons (CC0). You can modify, reuse and distribute these images out for commercial use. As always, you’re best to check the license agreement just to be safe.
Based in Ireland and created by Dave Meier, this site allows you to use the photographs provided for whatever use you like. With no license agreement, it’s worth checking out the FAQ for any unanswered questions.
Hopefully with these nine image sites, you will never have a problem finding that perfect image to go alongside your post.
If you’re having problems deciding what to post, our social media consultants can offer help to get your engagements flowing.
Thanks for reading.
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Posted by Chris – Pogofilms