I’ve compiled a list of the best of the 10 best free photo sites. Many of these sites offer their photographs under the Creative Commons Zero policy….
Adding an image to a blog post or web-page creates a more interesting space. One problem with using images is that most of us don’t have time to run around taking photographs that fit our subject matter. We can sign up for a stock photo service, but that can get expensive if you need more than just a few images.
One of the questions I get asked most often at workshops and teaching sessions is if I can recommend a place for getting free images to use in blogs. The question has started coming up so often that I decided it was time to explore the world of free stock photography.
Beware the hook. Not all free stock image sites are created equally. Some sites will offer you a period to grab all the free photos you can during a seven-day period. Keep in mind that you’ll be charged for a regular subscription to their service when those seven days are completed.
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I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best free photo sites. Many of these sites offer their photographs under the Creative Commons Zero policy. This policy allows the photographer to waive their copyrights in order for other people to use, modify, copy, and distribute the photograph or image without the need of permission. The CC0 policy includes photographs and images used for commercial purposes.
is a web-site that offers high-resolution images for personal and commercial projects. All photographs on this site are free. All the photographs on this site were taken by Thomas Muhl. Snapographic has categories such as animals, architecture, landscape, nature, and things. Each category has a choice of images that can be selected. Once selected, you are taken to a page with the larger image and details about the photograph. There is an occasional pop-up advertisement, but if you have an ad blocker installed, you may not see them. Visitors can subscribe to e-mail updates and get new images sent to their email inbox.
is a web-site that offers free images for personal or commercial projects. All photographs on this site are free. The photographs on this site were taken by Daniel Manescu. He built this web site offering his photography for free because he understands the difficulty that comes with finding good images to use with your content. He does offer a premium service for $5.50 a month for those who want to get his images sent directly to their Dropbox folder. Subscribers get bonus content, but there is plenty to find for free. He has categories such as still life, nature, food, fashion, people, and automotive.
is a web-site that offers high-resolution, free photographs for personal and commercial projects. The photographs offered are of people, things, places, landscapes, animals, and life. Some of these photographs are the quality and subject matter that one would expect to see in a glossy travel magazine. Visitors can subscribe to have 10 new photos delivered to their email inbox every 10 days. The challenge with this web-site is the photographs are not divided into categories. So, you’ll have to scroll through them to see if anything fits your needs.
is a web-site is managed by two photographers, Allie and David. They offer a free photograph pack each week to those who subscribe via email. These photos are free of charge and can be displayed, reproduced, modified, and added to a collection. What you can’t do with their photographs is place them in a photograph collection that you plan to distribute, use them in material that is distasteful, or claim that you took the photograph yourself. If you want to get your hands on their entire collection of photographs, you can get access to the archives by getting their premium service for $10.00 monthly. The free photographs they send each week are free and worth signing up for if you’re looking for creative images for your projects.
offers an array of creative, interesting, free photographs that are contributed by selective photographers. They have such categories as nature, city, people, animals, food, objects, and technology. You can choose to look for photographs of a certain dominant color. Photographs can be chosen through a look through the hashtags. Most of the photographs on this site are offered as free under the CC0 policy, but there are those who require an attribution. To make it easy for you to choose only those that are offered free and without restriction, you can search for those strictly under the CC0 policy.
is one of the largest free photo sites I’ve encountered. You can put your subject matter in the search box and see a selection of photographs that fit your search. Alternately, you can search by category. They have categories such as people, sports, business, animals, food, places, education, beauty, and many more. When you search for images, you’ll notice that the first line of images is sponsored by Shutterstock. Below that line, you’ll find all the free images. All free images can be used under the CC0 policy. This web-site is a gold mine for those looking for free images to use on their websites and blogs.
is a wonderful web-site full of free, high-resolution photographs. All the photos on this site were taken by Ryan McGuire. They are offered free of restrictions. Now, let me tell you, if you want some of the most interesting photos I’ve ever seen, take a look at this web-site. There are no categories or distinctions, one just scrolls down the page and loses track of time as the photos captivate them. New photos are added on a weekly basis. This collection isn’t one of the largest collections of free photographs, but it’s worth every moment of time you spend looking at the photographs that are there.
is managed by Matt and his lovely wife, Shayna. This site is not a stock photography site with polished images. This site is a collection of public domain images. There are photos of everything from forest trails to people holding cell phones. All photographs can be used with restrictions. They do offer a premium account that enables the user bulk download abilities from the archives. If you’re interested in saving time, this may be a good option for you. If you don’t mind spending the time looking through the posts of photos, a premium account is not needed.
is a web-site that is managed by Leeroy Advertising Agency and its photographers. All photographs on the site are free and for use without restrictions. The images are creative and cover everything from architecture to wine corks. There is no search option, and the images aren’t divided into categories. Interested parties just scroll through the pages of photos. New images are added each week. Again, not a large gallery but well worth a look.
is a gem that requires a relaxed afternoon and a cup of tea. These free photographs are without use restrictions and are public domain. Each vintage photograph tells its story but is willing to be a part of yours. There are photographs of landscapes, trains, people, work places, and much more. There are no categories to make searches easier. This is a web-site that requires a bit of time, but you’ll quickly find yourself transported to other eras and without a care as to your own time constraints.
There are plenty of free photographs out there waiting to be showcased on your web-site alongside your amazing content. You don’t have to pay a hefty price to add some color, personality, and interest to your blog. Visit one of the 10 best free photo sites and add some flair to your content.