As a blogger, marketer or a social media enthusiast you are supposed to add ‘aesthetically pleasing’ images to your content to make it more engaging, the best way is to add stock images or even memes should do the trick. If you:
- Think stock photos can cost a fortune.
- Are not a MEMELORD.
- Suck at taking nice photos (looking at my hoax self.) Well, here’s a very helpful article Asjad wrote if you’re looking into improving your photography skills.
- Don’t have the time to roam outside and take your own photos.
Here I’m providing the links to all free stock photos that were in my personal stash for a long time, in order to ‘
Instead of googling images (You need to stop doing that) which mostly are not in high resolution because they’re indexed from websites which optimize their images so the webpage won’t take much time to load.
Many of the websites offer photos which are released under Creative Common License means that you’re allowed to edit and use them for commercial and non-commercial purpose but you can’t redistribute them. With that out of the way, let’s get this list rolling.
Taking the first place in this list, it got an extensive library of photos which doesn’t consist cheesy photos of two businessmen shaking hands over a table
Licence: Free to use anywhere for both commercial and noncommercial purpose.
The Big P’s in stock photography industry like Pexels and Pixabay are also a great source to look and can be used for commercial/non-commercial purpose while looking through dozens of photo libraries you can find the perfect photo from here. Pixabay has got 1 million stock photos and more are added each day and Pexels adds about 70 photos to their collection every month so you can easily sift through their collection and find
Pixabay also has an application available for iOS and android.
First I was just distracted by how pretty their site is, rose gold
Royalty free photos can be used for both professional and business purposes without any attribution.
A Japanese free stock photo site providing content more geared towards Japanese culture. This website requires you sign up to a free account to download photographs which are also licenced under CC0 1.0 universal.
Photo AC also provides free fonts, pictograms, map images and illustrations too.
Offers 10 images free on a weekly basis when you give them your email address. The images can be a perfect match for any of social media campaigns and you’re allowed to use any of the images in your inbox as long as you don’t redistribute them.
I am both saddened and inspired by reading his site’s tagline.
This website link makes all the above links obsolete because instead of opening up different websites and cluttering your browser this one lets you search from different websites letting you stay on this one tab and apart from providing royalty free images, also offers videos, mockups, icons and fonts too.
Quirky photos taken in HD that can produce some quality blog posts, Ryan McGuire, a famous photographer created this website to distribute his work freely.
Images in this website are perfect for banners and backgrounds and the pattern images are submitted by independent artists. Just check this site once, you won’t regret it. I’m drooling at all these pattern designs they’re all gorgeous!
The images from this website is used by magazines like The Huffington Post, CNN and even on book covers.
New Old Stock photos is an antique website which got mostly black and white photos and it can be great for historical and vintage projects.
Other websites worth mentioning:
- Fancy Crave
- Superfamous Images ( Abstract and close up images of rocks and other natural stuff taken in High definition.)
- Free Images
- Finda (A search engine for CC0 licensed stock photos.)
- Life of Pix
- Startup Stock Photos
- Foodiesfeed and
Foodshot(For food bloggers and startups out there.)
- Public Domain Archive
- Morgue File
Though these are all great site and you’re bound to find an image of your liking in any of these but you should be careful that it should reflect your project’s mood and not be overtly cheesy and should also engage web users.