How do I get free images for my blog?
I've heard horror stories of Getty images and other stock photo companies slapping a $250 fine on bloggers for taking their images off Google search. I always thought that public images on Google were free game. Where can I find free images for my blog that still hold some originality and are visually appealing and attractive to my readers?
15 Best Sites to Find Free Images for Your Blog
Hey There are lots of free stock image sharing sites online like https://www.pexels.com/
Unsplash. Unsplash has its own license, which essentially lets you use the images for free, in any way you like, except for using them to create a competing website.
Burst (by Shopify)
I wrote a post on how to get free images for your blog or website. http://www.marketingstream.io/blog/how-to-get-free-images-for-your-blog-or-website
It lists over 30 websites where you can find free images as well as how to use Google image search to find images you can use for nothing.
Many of the sites mentioned by others are on my list too.
I love Death to the Stock photo. Very powerful images that are free to your inbox each month: http://deathtothestockphoto.com/
Hope that helps!
I received one of those Getty Extortion letters a few years ago from a supposed image that a developer I hired in 2003 used. Obviously we had no knowledge of the issue, the developer was long gone and the image was most likely publicly available 10 years prior. We found http://www.extortionletterinfo.com/ and hired the attorney, never heard back from Getty after that.
Now we strictly use free image sites, use "usage rights" dropdown in Google images, as well as other free image sites (google "free images" (be sure to take screen shots and save proof that image was free wherever you get them). For free and paid images, the best site I've found now pixabay.com (as others have mentioned) and pond5.com is very reasonable with a good selection.
We use http://www.freepik.com/ from time to time.
WOW! Thanks to everyone for more resources for everyone to check out! @Anisia it is vital that you read the terms of photos and make sure the credit / certificate for use accompanies your photo. All services will have different requirements for use, so a little reading will make sure you choose photos that will not get you into copyright issues.
It appears you have several links to find images. As has been stated in a few places, make sure the images you use are actually free or public domain. Just because it comes up in a google result doesn't make it free. How would you feel if someone found your personal photo in a google result and then used it for their own purpose. That does happen and several blogs have been sued for privacy and/or photographer copyright infringement on those.
We use hundreds of images each year so we keep a spreadsheet of the image description, URL where obtained, date, license (when applicable) and where we used it. We also morph images and merge different ideas and images together to make them unique to our product or post.
Since some of my clients produce creative products and they wouldn't want someone to steal their product, their website or blog content and use them for free so they make an effort to insure the images they use are free, public domain or they buy a license. A little thought about karma.
First of all, there is some misrepresented legal advice being shared here. You are not free to use search engine results, as they display both copyrighted material and open license material. So, please do not follow the quasi-legal advice being hocked here.
Here are some sites that offer original images that are free for your use:
- CompFight http://compfight.com/
- Startup Stock Photos http://startupstockphotos.com/
- SumALL https://sumall.com/free-marketing-images
- Life of Pix http://www.lifeofpix.com/
- Pexels http://www.pexels.com/
- Little Visuals http://littlevisuals.co/
- Unsplash http://unsplash.com/
- Death to the Stock Photo http://join.deathtothestockphoto.com/
- New Old Stock http://nos.twnsnd.co/
- Superfamous (requires attribution) http://superfamous.com/
- Picjumbo http://picjumbo.com/
- The Pattern Library http://thepatternlibrary.com/
- Gratisography http://www.gratisography.com/
- Getrefe http://getrefe.tumblr.com/
- IM Free (requires attribution) http://imcreator.com/free
- Jay Mantri http://jaymantri.com/
- Public Domain Archive http://publicdomainarchive.com/
- Magdeleine http://magdeleine.co/
- Foodiesfeed http://foodiesfeed.com
- Picography http://picography.co/
- Raumrot http://www.raumrot.com/10/
- ISO Republic http://isorepublic.com/
- Dreamstime http://www.dreamstime.com/free-images_pg1
- Free Digital Photos http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/
- Free Images http://www.freeimages.com/
- Free Range Stock http://freerangestock.com/
- Free Photos Bank http://freephotosbank.com/
- Image Free http://www.imagefree.com/
- IM Free http://www.imcreator.com/free
- Morguefile http://morguefile.com/
- Pixabay http://pixabay.com/
- Public Domain Pictures http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/
- Stockvault http://www.stockvault.net/
- RGB Stock http://www.rgbstock.com/about
- Free Media Goo http://www.freemediagoo.com/
- HubSpot http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/75-free-stock-photos-im-ht
Other helpful image resources
- Canva www.canva.com
- Pablo https://bufferapp.com/pablo
Let me know if this isn't enough. =)
The below website has a lot of free images to offer:
Although not "free," Dollar Photo Club has amazing photos for $1. You can get on the 10 photos for $10 a month plan (each additional photo is $1) or you can pay $99 and get 99 downloads.
Like I said, its not free, but its the best thing you are going to get for this type of high quality images.
don't use Bing or Google images searches...you can't tell for sure which are copyright protected and which aren't. The best source is the Creative Commons...I use the Flickr interface for it. It searches all of Flickr and then you can limit it based on what you need related to their licenses. The one you probably want is the 2.0 license, which allows for commerical use and modification.
See information here:
search google - click images->search tools->usage rights
looks like this http://screencast.com/t/f0gBDkMmH4
I get a lot from wikipedia under one of the many creative commons licenses
I also use https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/Member/SignIn alot
For very visual and stunning graphics, with a little bit of edge, I recommend www.unsplash.com. They have a creative attributions license on all images, so use away!
If you are concerned about your blog search engine optimization you should be very careful about where you get your content. Google's search engine algorithms can spot content that is not unique and if you are borrowing things without permission from those who created it you run the risk of getting dinged pretty hard.
When someone takes a picture they own it and anyone else is required to get permission to use it and at minimum should credit the person who took the image. Try taking pictures yourself or creating your own illustrations. Otherwise you are best of paying for legitimate royalty free images for a blog that is visually appealing and legitimate in it's use of copyrighted material.
You don't want someone stealing the content you've written and using it in their blog without crediting you. I imagine people who see the photos they've taken show up on a blog they had nothing to do with feel slighted in a similar fashion. Get permission or pay for it.
You can filter images on Google under its Search Tools>Usage rights then 4 options:
Labeled for reuse with modification.
Labeled for reuse.
Labeled for non-commercial reuse with modification.
Labeled for non-commercial reuse.
Wikipedia also uses unlicensed images. Take photos yourself. Hit up Flickr and other image sites and ask the photographer to use that image.
But ultimately to get the really good ones, you're going to need a license.
I have used stock.xchng (www.freeimages.com and formerly sxc.hu) in the past. It is owned by the infamous Getty Images as you can read on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock.xchng
www.rgbstock.com seems to be similar
Hi Anisia, I would strongly recommended this article http://goo.gl/7uWA0Q
Many of these photographs from that sources are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. Also here is my favorite page for icons downloading / http://www.flaticon.com/