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11 Totally Awesome Websites To Source FREE Images

  
  
  

Where To Go To Get the Best Free Images for Your Content

One of the biggest struggles for marketers that are
creating content and blogging is sourcingfree images visual content, especially if you’re creating at a high frequency.

It is really easy to open up your browser and do a Google image search, download, and then insert pictures into your content. I don’t recommend this course of action as there can be major financial consequences when using copyright protected images in your blog, on your website, or in any content that you are creating.

I am sharing this with you because when we launched our agency a few years ago we got a nasty letter from Getty Images and then another from Ragan all within 10 days of each other. The letters said we owed a total of $2,800 in licensing fees because of three images we used in a couple of our blog posts. This was a mistake that was made by my content team as they thought they were using a reliable source (not Google images) to source the images, but they weren’t.

The lesson here is to know the various types of Creative Commons licenses  and how to use them correctly. Some images require purchase and licensing where others may only require attribution.

So where do you go on the web to get great images without it costing a fortune?

Now we are going to get into the good stuff...

 

1.  Free Digital Photos 

Free Digital Photos is our content team's go to website as they have a large inventory of free images that are easy to search by category and typically the use of the images only requires attribution to the photographer.

 

free digital images

 

2. Free Photos Bank

Free Photos bank isn’t pretty, but it contains a plethora of high-resolution images that are available for download with having to go through a lengthy registration process.  It also contains an easy to use search bar at the top of the site that makes locating images fairly easy.

 

free photos bank

 

3.  IM Free 

IM Free is awesome for curated images and templates that are all for commercial use and its design is pretty chic.

 

IM Free Images

 

4.  Rgbstock

Rgbstock requires registration, but they have a robust stock of images (not stock images) from both graphic artists and photographers. 

 

Rgbstock images

 

5.  Death To The Stock Photo

We all hate stock photos right?  Well Death to The Stock Photo is pretty self-explanatory as it offers some really cool lifestyle photography in hi-res.  You do need to join, but it is worth it. We love this site!

 

Death to the Stock Photo

 

6.  PicJumbo

Picjumbo may not have a search bar, but they do have a big inventory of all types of images to choose from free of charge and with no registration.  Their images are broken down into categories fairly well so you can actually find what you are looking for, without the search bar.

 

Picjumbo images

 

7.  Unsplash

Unsplash is a very basic site that is not very impressive at first glance as you can see below, but they have fantastic high-res images photos and you can download 10 images every ten days for free.

Unsplash free images

 

Photo Search Tools

The websites listed below allow you to search through Flickr or public photos to easily locate images to use. Some allow free downloads and others are paid, but most will just require attribution for each image you use in your content.

 

8. Compfight

Compfight uses API integration with Flickr to make it easy for you to search for usable images. They have an easy to use search bar to locate your images.

 

Compfight free images

 

9.  Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search gives you access to multiple platforms to search for images from Google to Flickr and even additional media channels. This site it great if you have specific venues or areas to search.

 

Creative Commons Search

 

10.  Google Advanced Image Search

A hidden gem that many don’t know about, Google offers a custom search feature that you can use to locate free images.

As you can see in the images below we have completed an image search for “HubSpot office pics”. Now all you need to do is click on “usage rights”.

Google Advanced Image Search 

Now you can select “Labeled for reuse with modification” as you can see below.  It is pretty obvious, but be sure not to use the images “labeled for noncommercial reuse” for your blog or website unless you have obtained written permission from the image owner.

 

HubSpot office pics

 

11. Canva 

Canva is not a resource for free images, but it does provide you with free images to use inside of their easy to use design platform and is another go to for our social media and content team.

We use Canva everyday in multiple departments to create social media graphics, blog images, graphics for CTA’s, and even infographics. If you’re not proficient in Photoshop you need to add Canva to your design tool kit. Even if you are, Canva is way faster for content creators who are cranking out a lot of content.

 

Canva

 

Now, we know we didn't cover all of the available free image websites on the web beause this article would have turned into a novel, so we would like to know your favorites.  Please add them with a link in the comments below.

 


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Comments

I just looked on Free Digital Photos, and it doesn't look free to me, the cart and the fee per size was a real give away...
Posted @ Wednesday, June 18, 2014 5:56 AM by Karl
Hey Karl - The majority of the images on Free Digital Photos are free, but obviously they have paid as well as most of these sites do. 
 
To get your photos for free you need to click the download button then go through a Captcha process for free images.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:21 AM by Bill
Also please check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of public domain photos, especially travel photos all uniquely taken. Appreciate it if you could add it to your list.
Posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:37 PM by Yinan
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