Where to Find Free Online Images for Commercial Projects
Did you know that when we’re presented with new information, we’re 65% more likely to remember it 3 days later if it’s presented with an image?
Content presented with visuals doesn’t just make remembering info easier. Pairing words with a relevant picture makes it significantly more likely to get viewed in the first place.
According to this study of over 400,000 random Tweets by then-Hubspot social media scientist Dan Zarrella, “tweets with images are 94% more likely to be retweeted than tweets without.”
Adding an image made it NINETY-FOUR percent more likely to get engagement??
So, um, yeah. We all need to have a bunch of great images to make all kinds of content (blog posts, social media, presentations, websites, newsletters) more engaging and memorable.
But, where can you find great images to use — without breaking the bank? That’s what we’re going to get into in this post.
Actually, before we jump into the fun world of images, a word of caution:
Remember to attribute photos!
(And… above and beyond the legal reasons… these photographers are nice enough to lend us their creative work for free. The least we can do is give them the credit/linkback or whatever they request.)
Top 10 Sites for Free Online Images
- Life of Pix
- Snapwire Snaps
- Free Nature Stock
- Startup Stock Photos
- Free Images
Unsplash is ALWAYS my first stop when looking for amazing stock photos. You can find some really high-end photos of all kinds here. (If you go there and start searching, you’ll probably recognize some pics — I’ve used many on this blog!)
Pexels has great photos and videos to help designers, bloggers and business people looking for visuals to use everywhere — for free! I mean, look at the pic below; it’s practically Groundwork!
Yes, they have some wonderful quality royalty-free stock photos. But Stockvault also has vectors, textures, and illustrations! What I like most is they have these FAB curated collections and categories, making finding good pics super easy.
The community of contributors at Pixabay has created over 1.6 MILLION high-quality stock images and videos – and counting! There are all kinds of photos; some aren’t the best, but the good ones are really good!! Crediting isn’t required, but linking back is greatly appreciated and allows image authors to gain exposure.
Life of Pix
Free high-resolution photos, no copyrights restrictions for personal and commercial use. New photographs added every week and all images are donated to the public domain. However! You can only distribute/repost a maximum of 10 images without the written Life of Pix consent. (So, you can use them for your own projects, but if you’re going to mass distribute, do only 10. Read the fine print here.)
Snapwire is a (rather pricey) site that connects brands with a pool of 200,000 pro photographers, who work on commission. But! To promote their site, they offer “Snapwire Snaps” which is a collection that posts “7 free beautiful photos every 7 days” — to use for free! Subscribe to their email at the top of their Tumblr page to get new pics each week. And be sure to check out Snapwire Snap’s page on Pixabay for some great images.
Free Nature Stock
Royalty-free nature stock photos and videos, all taken by one photographer, Adrian Pelletier. He has many of the usual nature shots, and you have to check out his sweet time-lapse & landscape astrophotography.
Startup Stock Photos
Specifically curated for business, tech and startups, this site may be hit or miss with quality, but the hits are great. And all the misses are made up for by the fact that ALL pics are what you’re looking for: business.
Not all Dreamstime offerings are free (and not all of it is good! So it can take a little extra time to search). But they do have an extensive collection of free stock images, which you can start searching for here in their Free Photos section.
Make sure you check for their Free Photos section – coz not everything is free. And despite their name, FreeImages.com actually has stricter requirements with their licensing than other sites. So make sure you check each image before you use it.
Et, voila…!! Ten awesome sites to help you find photos. (Now remember: give credit where credit is due!)
Happy image hunting! Hope this list helps you find TONS of amazing, free stock images.
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