Bookmark these sites ASAP!
Nope, this isn’t clickbait. If you’re wondering where you can get free stock photos for your blog or website then you’ve come to the right place. We all know that understanding image rights isn’t easy. Often when you read about the rules and regulations surrounding images you’re met with heaps of jargon that leaves you even more puzzled.
Case in point:
‘The provision of image rights in law enables the definition, value, commercial exploitation and protection of image rights associated with a person.’
Confused? Luckily there are plenty of websites you can turn to for stock images. These images are copyright free and you won’t get in trouble for uploading them to your blog or website. They also cost a grand total of zilch. Free photos? Yes, please.
Without further ado, here are my favourite places to go for free stock images.
Kaboom Pics is one of the most popular sites to find free stock images. From gorgeous photos of books to tech-savvy snaps of laptops, the site specialises in stunning lifestyle shots that will appeal to a wide range of bloggers. All the images on Kaboom are in the public domain and the site’s jargon-free.
Kaboom’s message is simple:
‘You are free to use our photos for purposes such as creating graphic for your blog or social media, making HTML/PSD templates (for sale), decorating your articles, Power Point presentations, you can even print them on t-shirts.’
Unsplash is another popular site for free stock images – it’s also the site that I use the most. I’m a member of Unsplash and publish my own photos on there for bloggers to use on a monthly basis. Insert self-promotion:
(You can download my Unsplash photos by visiting @emmamatthews – hint, hint!)
Jokes aside, Unsplash is an amazing website if you’re looking for photos that are packed with colour or are after something a little different. The site is super easy to navigate and you can use the photos for commercial or non-commercial purposes. More importantly, don’t need to give credit to the original creator. Essentially, the photo is now yours, so feel free to download, edit and use it to your liking.
Pexels has over 40,000 stock images that are free to download. Unlike the other sites, Pexels is a database and often you’ll see photos from the likes on Unsplash and Kaboom Pics on the website.
All of Pexels’ images are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. Again, this means that they’re free (and safe!) to use. Want a pic of a cup of coffee? A dreamy desk shot? Photos of Disney World or New York City? Pexels have got you covered.
So, there we have it. Those are my top three places to go for free stock photos. Where do you get your blog photos from? Do you take your own or use websites like the ones above? Let me know in the comments below. See you soon!