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Creating a catchy title and framing your Niume posts is important but when it comes to blogging you also have to consider the visual aspect.
Images, videos, links – it is all part of the ingredients of a good blog post. Nowadays people are very impatient to when it comes to reading, but if you select the right images it will make visitors more likely to read your content. However, unless you are a photographer and produce your own visual content, getting the right pictures isn’t easy sometimes.
Today we want to share with you a collection of free high-quality stock image websites for you to use in your next projects. Many of these photos are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under Creative Commons Public Domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without permission.
However, some photos may require attribution. We’ve done our best to identify which license they fall under but we still advise to your own research and determine how these images can be used.
ISO Republic provides some amazing and good quality images. The photos on the site are all free to use on personal and commercial projects. However, there are some photos in their collection that feature products or registered trademarks of companies which will require the proper attribution. Click here for their terms and conditions.
Brought to you by Leeroy Advertising Agency in Montreal (and its network of talented photographers), Life of Pix is home to some awesome high-resolution photos.
All of the images are donated to the public domain, and are available for personal and commercial projects.
The Unsplash license uses the Creative Commons Zero license, which doesn’t require credit to be given. However, they encourage giving credit to the photographer if possible, since they generously donated their photographs for use by the public.
A simple credit like ‘Photo by x’ with a link back to their Unsplash profile is always appreciated.
Gratisography is a project by Ryan McGuire that has some really nice photos that are completely free of copyright restrictions. New photos are added each week.
IM Creator, which also offers an online website building tool, put together this small library of premium-quality free photos. Attribution is required but it’s well worth it: These pictures are of the same, if not better, quality as those of paid sites.
Negative Space is modest in size, but offers a really cool search tool for you content creators: you can search for images that have space for copy on the left, right, or both sides.
On picjumbo you’ll find landscapes, technology, food shots, fashion, business, and more. And any time you find an image you like, you can try the test drive feature to preview different ways that you could use it.
What makes picjumbo rare, is that its images are free for use in templates and themes, making it an invaluable resource for template developers.
By signing up to Death to the Stock Photo, you’ll get a monthly pack of photographs emailed to you. There’s a free pack that you can download as soon as you sign up to get you started, too.
Fancy Crave was started by Igor Ovsyannykov. The site consists of completely free stock photos all taken by Igor Ovsyannykov and other professional photographers. Igor Ovsyannykov aim for these photos is to help designers and creative alike.
People can use these images for whatever purpose they please. Images divided enlist the photo, its tags, the author, and the download link. The site layout is very minimal and straight forward.
StockSnap has a large collection of beautiful and high-resolution images. It’s also having a search function and all images come with tags.
Easy to browse and searchable. It’s also given data about views and downloading of given photos, so it’s easy to find popular photos.
StockSnap adds hundred of photos weekly.
Splitshire is a hobby project by the Italian photographer Daniel Nanescu. So far he has generated over 80,000 downloads. Sign up for his newsletter to receive beautiful images you can use for your blog posts.
Pexels adds 10 new high-quality images to its collection of free stock photos every day, which currently sits at more than 2,700. With a minimum of 70 new images added every week, the Pexels library should increase by approximately 3,600 images each year.
The Pexels team hand-picks all of the images from other free image sources, including previously mentioned Unsplash. Every photo is high quality and falls under the Creative Commons Zero license, allowing unrestricted use.
Launched by nuSchool, Photype is a handy web app that guarantees to help you save time and energy.
Just like a search engine, simply enter the type of image you’re looking for and select the photo source. For example, you could be searching for photos of “people” from a stock photo library such as Getty Images or iStock.
Once all the images have been displayed, simply select one and the type of crop you’ll need. If you’re satisfied with the ‘cropping’, simply hit the ‘Get Photo’ button, and the app will direct you to download your selected photo.
KaboomPics is a service provided by designer Karolina Grabowska from Poland. She runs a small design business under the name Staffage to make a living. All of the photos on KaboomPics have been shot by Karolina personally, while her friend Bartek Chmiello takes care of the technical side of the project. All in all topics cover a wide range, while not every topic is as well equipped as others. Anyone keen on wedding photos? Yup, they are there, too.
By now you should feel relieved as there are so many free stock photos to take your blog to the next level.