Every website, blog post, social media post or piece of printed media needs good quality, high resolution photography. It’s not always possible to take the photos you need yourself, which is what stock photos are for. Whilst you can pay for images from websites such as iStock and Getty Images, this is an expensive solution, particularly if you regularly need photos for blogging or social media posts. Thankfully, a few websites exist that allow you to use their stock images for free.
Pixabay is an online community of photographers and creatives sharing copyright free stock images and videos. All content is released under Creative Commons CC0, meaning the images can be copied, modified, distributed, and used even for commercial purposes, all for free and without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist. There are millions of images on Pixabay, from professional photography to vector graphics and even video footage.
Pik Wizard has over 100,000 completely free images on the site, and over 20,000 of those are exclusive to them. This makes it a great website to find free and unique images for your business. Their images are all high-resolution and they offer a broad range of categories from nature to people and everything in-between. Attribution is not required, and new photos are added daily.
Viktor Hanacek is 24-year-old photographer who shares his photography talent with the World for free at Picjumbo. He travels around the World taking photos of everything from food to landscapes, and offers them all for free with no catch and no obligation for you to credit him. With a Premium membership you can access even more photo collections from Picjumbo.
Similar to Pixabay, Unsplash contains high quality photos that have been submitted by photographers all over the World and can be used for free, even commercially. You don’t have to ask permission or credit the author, though it is appreciated if you can.
Freepik offers high quality graphics, illustrations and photographs that can be used in both personal and commercial projects for free, you just need to credit them. Or, from around £6/month, you can go Premium, allowing you to access even more content and you won’t have to credit Freepik when you use their resources. Freepik specialise in vectors and illustrations.
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