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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.
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!
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 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 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.
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.
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.