“If you need an image on your website, you just search for it on Google images and then just use it yeah?”
Not so quick! Despite how carefree it may seem out on the internet, you have to be a little careful when using photos and images on your website. Just because you find the perfect photo on Google images doesn’t mean you have the right to use them.
If anything Google image is like the ultimate temptation; you can look but you can’t touch!
For many photographers and designers out there, selling the rights to the images you use on your blogs and websites is big business. Which is why if you’re not careful, you could end up receiving a fine for using an image without permission.
So does this mean you’re doomed to pay for all your images from now on?
Of course not! 🙂
Here at Web123, my designers tend to pay for any images we use on our designs, however if your small businesses looking to scrape and save every single penny you can, there are some amazing sites where you can download copyright free images that are not only free, but beautiful too.
Here are my top 18 sources of copyright free images, which I’m sure you’ll love!
1) Photo Pin
Searches Flickr’s vast archive of photos which you can use, risk free, on your blogs and websites.
A license specific search engine for free and beautiful photos and home to over 21 million photos!
Another search function that trawls for blog and website safe photos from Flickr.
A selection of hand picked high definition photos. You can get your hands on 10 new photos every 10 days!
An all inclusive search engine that helps you find images you can use from a wide range of sources.
This is a little different! A selection of beautiful and vintage photos ready for you to use. I recommend you come here just to check out the scenery!
7) Pickup Image
The (self proclaimed) largest online collection of free photographs for you to find, share and love. A real labour of love.
A selection of fresh hand picked high definition photos which can be used for any and all personal and commercial blogs and websites.
7 new high res photos every 7 days. Enough said really. It helps that they are awesome photos too!
One of the first websites dedicated to copyright free images around. Check them out! They have a huge selection of photos for you to use.
A photo sharing website that specialises in sharing beautiful photos and images which have been artistically improved. Perfect if you’re looking for something with a little more punch.
A repository for free public domain images, which you can download in high definition and also upload your own photos.
“By creative for creatives”. Download a wide range of copyright free images and from past design projects that are now free for you to use.
A little project created by designers who hate the typical stock photo. Fresh, original, natural… and free!
Home to a wide range of basic images for you to use. If you ‘just’ need a simple image… this is the place to go.
A great selection of free photos. A great source for situational photos, such as people playing football, or an image of a busy cafeteria.
Whereas many of the free sites on this list specialise in photos, Pixabay like to offer a wide range of creative and artistic images which you can use on your site.
Although they are one of the biggest paid image sites on the internet today, Dreamstime have a steadily growing section dedicated to free images. Check it out today!
Phew! I think that’s all of them… I hope you enjoyed that!
Let’s chat below… Do you have a favourite source of photos or do you perhaps take your own? Comment below and let us know, I’d love to hear all about it!