Stock Up on Free Stock Images
The brain processes images faster than text, so it’s crucial to have captivating images to grab and retain attention from your audience. What most people might do is head straight to Google Images and type in a description. However that’s not recommended because it could lead straight to a copyright infringement. Stock images are the next best thing, but they often include a watermark – and paid membership can be expensive for marketers on a budget. In this blog, I will discuss free and legal websites for you to gather your images.
1. Creative Commons
Materials in the Creative Commons allow users to share, copy, transform, and redistribute materials for any purpose, including commercial purposes. Here are a few sources that offer a section of their website’s content to be used under the Creative Commons license:
Pexels provides high quality free photos to help empower creators, artists, programmers, and designers create beautiful products and designs. They currently offer over 40,000 photos, with 3,000 hand-picked, high resolution photos added every month.
Pixabay shares copyright-free images and videos, which are released under Creative Commons. Occasionally you will find Shutterstock images that help sponsor Pixabay, but the majority of the non-watermarked content on the website is free.
Morguefile has been serving the internet since 1996, and offers over 350,000 free images “for creatives, by creatives.” Additionally, they also offer an affordable $25 annual membership with exclusive features such as image editing, and ad free browsing.
Photographer Viktor Hanacek created Picjumbo when his photos were rejected by other stock images websites. Lucky for us, Picjumbo is a free source of beautiful photographs taken by Hanacek himself. One of his photographs is even used as a default wallpaper on the LG G3.
Time for Some Images!
With this handy list of free image sources, you can now create or enhance your content without blowing your budget. Please let me know in the comments if there are websites that you recommend for free resources!