You’ve worked really hard to make your blog stand out. You’ve made sure it flows well, that it looks great, and that it’s easy to use. There is just one thing missing. A pop. An illustration. You need photos. Your posts are all text; you need something to liven them up. But you don’t want to pay for a photographer. Well, here are five places to find photos online for free.

Free Photos for Your Blog

Morgue File

Defined as, “a place to keep post production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file“, MorgueFile is the first place to go for your free photo needs. Their search is easy to use; just remember that the photographers are submitting the pictures, so you’ll have to think like an artist. There is an assortment of photos to choose from. The front page is worth a close look also, as new photos are featured there. All the photos are free for use, so get going!

EveryStockPhoto

The photos here are license-specific, so you have to be sure to look at the licensing terms before downloading them. You also are able to rate, tag, collect, and comment on their photos. The site is easy to use. The more you use it, the more it will become tailored to your tastes and needs.

Unsplash

Unsplash is a great source of very artsy images to use for your blogs and digital projects. You can search the inventory on the website as well as subscribe to receive 10 new images every 10 days, delivered straight to your inbox.

All of the images that are submitted and published on Unsplash fall under under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means you can use the image for any personal or commercial use. You are allowed to alter, copy and distribute the images without any credit to Unsplash or the photographer — although it’s always a nice gesture to give credit where credit is due.

StockVault

StockVault has over 27,000 free images to choose from and download. “Stockvault’s sole purpose is to collect and archive medium and high resolution photographs that designers and students can share and use”. The quality of the photos is great, and the site is easy to use.

Pixabay

Currently, Pixabay is the first website I visit when I need a free stock photo. With more than 420,000 images to select from, there is a good chance this inventory will satisfy your needs. There are no confusing image licenses to worry about. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form — and this includes for both personal and commercial use.

StockSnap

All images found on StockSnap are free from copyright restrictions and they don’t require attribution. Hundreds of new images are added weekly and you can view them according to date uploaded and the number of views received. There is also a stream of trending photos that gives you instant access to the most popular images on the site.

Woophy

Don’t let the name spook you; it stands for “World of Photography”, as revealed by the first page of their website where there is a huge map. Their goal is, “to ultimately cover every inch of our world map with images that represent the world’s beauty and peculiarity from all different cultural perspectives”. Variety, thy name is Woophy.

Unprofound

This website distinguishes itself by grouping all of its photos by color rather than category. They also have a search engine, but they say it’s, “a half-assed search engine, but it’s not very complex. So keep it simple there”. If you are looking for color instead of content, this is the site to visit.

There you have it! five easy to use websites devoted to your free photo needs. Vary your search terms and think outside the box to find the best photos. Try some of these sites out today and remember to keep searching. You don’t know what the next search will turn up.

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41 thoughts on “Top Places to Get Free Photos for Your Blog (2018 updated)”

    1. I’m glad to hear that you will try them out. I hope they are just what you are looking for. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  1. Thanks for such amazing resource, I have a travel site and usually looks for some amazing images to use on my site. I’ll certainly search them all to find suitable images.

    1. Wow, a travel site! Sounds like you would need a lot of interesting pictures to illustrate that. Good luck! Thank you for reading and commenting!

  2. That’s some great sources to get free stock photos for your blogs and websites. Thanks for sharing such wonderful websites.

  3. Thank you for this helpful tips. I will visit these websites… I think I can find pictures that I am looking for. I like them! Great photos!

  4. Perfect! We had been using iStockPhotography which is cheap, but it starts to add up in costs. But, these sites, especially EveryStockPhoto. Perfect! Thanks so much!

  5. Thanks for this, Christine. I’m always concerned with copyright issues on pictures, so this is valuable indeed. Do you have any suggestions for videos that we can use for a myriad of different blog niche topics?

  6. Thanks for these tips! I’ve been searching for sites where I can get good photos for my blogs! Appreciate it!
    Subscribed to yours! :)

  7. Thanks Christie for this resource of free photos. The only one I knew and I use is Morgue File. Always good to have new sources of free photos.

  8. Since photos on articles help relay messages and are very effective in that regard, I’ve always used it ever since I learned how to. I sometimes pay for those pictures when I can’t find the perfect one on the free sites for my article. But those can pile up really fast, so having more sources should help with that problem.

    Thanks for sharing, this was really helpful. :)

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    Getting free photos for a blog is a big issue, you have described some useful places to get them. Very nice information.

  10. I haven’t heard about these photo directories. I have been look for some good sites that provide free photos for my blog. Thanks for the list.

  11. Very useful post christi. I have always wondered where I can get photos for my blog. I personally like StockVault form this list.

  12. Another source I like to use for free images is Flickr. They have a Creative Commons section that allows you to use (with credit to the author) the images for free.

  13. Hey I appreciate these sites. Adding good quality pictures in your blog really helps people comprehend better and make it visually appealing as well.

    Gregory

  14. Nice list. As a photographer, I generally like to use my own images. However, there is always the occasional time when you just don’t have the right shot in inventory. This will be a great place to start looking!

    Larry
    twitter: @larryphoto

  15. Thanks for this great list. I typically have just gone to wikipedia and looked up public domain photos. Found a few decent sites there. Glad to have these to add to my list.

  16. Thank you for the site list. I am always looking for appropriate images for the sites and some are really not in search engines. So these sites that you gave(Thanks) are a big help!

  17. julie"antioxidants

    just finished creating my blog for the first time, all it needs is some photo`s, your informatin and help has beenpriceless to ma, thanks a lot!!!

  18. Thanks I’m certainly going to take a look at these! The very next thing I’m going to look at for our site is the graphics/images aspect. The content if first class and I’m very happy with it but we have been a bit amateurish with the images which doesn’t do our content any justice really. So I’m going to take a look at these sites.

    In case it’s useful I just created a Flickr account and finding a great photo I liked for my next post, I just asked the photographer and asked if I gave him credits on my site if I could use it. He was happy for me to – so perhaps Flickr can be added to this list (though I don’t really know much about it yet so this is more of a tentative suggestion rather than an expert recommendation ;-))

    thanks again for a great post,
    Alan

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  20. Many thanks for sharing – it’s always a struggle to find the picture I want for a particular blog post, these will come in handy for sure.

  21. I am always looking for interesting photos for my blog posts so thank you for the recommendations. I will give another vote for Flickr’s Creative Common section. Do you happen to know if these sites ask you to link back, or are you free and clear to use the pictures without a link? Thanks again for the list!

  22. I think you forgot stock.xchng it was the first stock image site I ever heard off when I started up blogging. None the less, this is quite a useful list of sites.

  23. Thank you for sharing this.

    I am new in the industry and not the big budget so edt jligt with some free images. I will look at any of them you recommend and see if it can be used.

    again many thanks.

  24. Great information I’m so glad I found this site, now I can list this and use in the future. Thank you very much your views its very appreciative.

  25. This is awesome… prior to this I’ve been using Flickr’s Creative Commons category, but the websites that you have listed here look even better.

  26. Wow!! thanks for the list now we can have a photos into our blog without spending money..highly appreciated article thank for sharing your ideas..

  27. You’ve mentioned good sites here. About images, though: you can get them from a lot of places all over the Net. There might be some that will restrict you from hotlinking, but there are the “kind” image hosts that let you copy the image URL and use it for your site. If you’re going to do that, don’t forget to give credit to the owner.

  28. As a new blogger trying to make an impact and reading other blogs to gain knowledge I’ve come across articles which mention in the tips of how to make you blog succeed the fact that is must have pictures accommodating the content but in the same breath they mention that they shouldn’t be the same as all the other 1000 blogs on the market.

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