Quick Tip: Where to Find Free Stock Photography

Writing a quality blog post for your small business website is hard enough without having to worry about finding the right images. You know your visitors are more likely to click and read a post with a photo, but where do you find high-quality images that don’t cost a lot of money? We put together a few resources to help you find great free stock photography for your website.

Many of you probably just do a Google image search, grab a photo you like and use that on your website. The problem with that is you don’t have permission to use that image. This can land you in a heap of legal trouble. Even if you manage to get away with it,¬¨‚Ć you’re essentially stealing which is just bad juju.

If you find a photo you really like and want to use on your website, try asking if you can use it. You’d be surprised at how many people are honored that you like their photography and want to use it. If they say yes, thank them and make sure you give them credit for the photo (and provide a link back to their website). Of course, some will say no. Respect that. Thank them for their time and look for another image.

Sources of High-Quality, Free Stock Photography

  1. Flickr—use their advanced search to find photography that is Creative Commons licensed and available to use for free.
  2. FreeFoto.com—offers wonderful free stock photography for commercial and non-commercial use online, including blogs, social media and email.
  3. Photogen—free, high-quality stock photography for commercial and non-commercial use.
  4. Free Pixels—high-quality free stock photography and images.
  5. Stock Vault—loaded with free stock photography, graphics, textures and more.
  6. Nations Illustrated—photography from around the world.
  7. morgueFile—great stock photography with a liberal license.
  8. stock.xchng—owned by Getty Images; lots of great free stock photography.
  9. FreePhotosbank—a variety of free stock photography.
  10. FreeImages.co.uk—free stock photography requiring only attribution.

Please remember to review the terms and conditions for each of these websites and make sure you follow the licensing requirements. They usually require attribution and a link back to the website.

Do you use any free stock photography websites that we didn’t include? Share them in the comments below.

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