Social media is a hungry machine, demanding more and more content. It’s proven that content with a visual – photo, graphic, video – does better in reach and engagement than text alone. Before you just grab any old photo you run across (copyrights dictate that you don’t!), check out these free stock photo resources. Now you won’t have to rely on photos like this (much less pay for them!):
Keep in mind that free doesn’t always mean you get to with it what you like. Some licenses require attribution or a link. Don’t try to sell the photos you use or claim you created them. In addition, no one wants you to alter their photos to appear the creator endorses vulgar, illegal or abusive behavior.
Almost 40 million photos uploaded by people all over the world. There are photos here in almost every conceivable category, most free for you to use. When you click on a photo, the type of license appears and what you need to do to use the photo (attribution, etc.). One day I checked this was the photo of the day:
This site states: No copyright restrictions, no nonsense. The owner of the site – and photos — Lior Mazliah, decided to share his work, allowing those of us needing constant visual content a place to get it. Here’s a photo from That Vintage Feeling, Collection #13:
Almost 1 million photos reside at Pixabay, and you can use them for free. These are photos with a Creative Commons license, meaning you can use them without attribution. There are some Shutterstock photos available for purchase as well, as a means to offer professional photos and earns for the site. The site is organized into categories, making photos easy to find.
Stitched together by Montreal’s Leeroy Advertising Agency from its network of photographers, the photos here are professional and amazing.
This collection is curated from the web, all with the Creative Commons license – no attribution needed. This site is a sister site to Snappa, an online graphics creator. Look what I found under “Beaches”:
Of course, this is not a definitive list, but I believe between these sites you should find what you’re looking for. And don’t forget to always have your phone/camera handy. You never know when an opportunity will present itself, like when I was stuck in traffic and took this:
Do you have a go to resource for stock photos? Share them with us in the comments!
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