As Fred R. Barnard rightly says it:
A picture is worth a thousand words
Photos on a web site, article help to explain a point in a better way. You can use a picture for your blog post featured image, within article content, social media, etc.
However, finding licensed free images can be much of a hassle. Most of the pictures which are available for free are either with under par resolution, blurry or embarked under a watermark.
Here are some online places where you can get licensed free images to put on your website.
All the pictures on Pixabay are uploaded by Creative Commons, an American Non-Profit organization led by Ryan Merkley. It has a million royalty free photos extensively available for commercial use. Pixabay is one of my favorites, and you can get almost all type of images including:
At pixabay, you will find not just photos but videos, vector graphics & illustrations. And if you are a developer you will love Pixabay API.
Do whatever you want to do Unsplash high-resolution photos in FREE. Lately, Unsplash launched an API so if you have an idea of making an app, poster, etc.10, give a try.
If you subscribe to their mailing list, you would be able to receive ten photos every ten days overseen by various photographers. Of Course, it has a traditional search bar where you can find images to suit your preference.
Deviant Art has over 3 million users has over 3 million users and is a community-based service. You can view their images for free as long as you give them the due credits. It mainly focuses on content related to animes.
Flickr is stuffed with over 13 billion photos. After you sign up, you get an immersive access to its wealth. It provides 1000 GB of photo storage to its users. You can also edit your photos before saving. Automatic backup facility ensures that none of the photos are lost.
But there is one catch, not all the photos are licensed free. So you got to apply the filter as follows.
6. Getty Images
Getty Images are free for non-commercial website or blog but with some restriction. You can’t download and upload on your site instead you can embed the images.
Getty Images are known for quality, and you can get the photos from almost all the categories.
FreePhotosBank mainly focuses on nature, abstract and architecture. You can start using their high-quality images without having to log in.
8. Realistic Shots
Realistic shots, licensed by Creative Commons Zero is another photo sharing service. They added seven new photos every week.
9. Life of Pix
Life of pix is sorted in chronological categories in a gallery. You can also choose photos sorted according to photographers.
10. Free Nature Stock
Filtering pics based on the dominant color helps Magdeleine to stand out among the rest.
With a community of around 400,000 photographers, Snapwire posts seven absolutely new photos every seven days.
StockSnap, made by Snappa, is a great storehouse of high-resolution stock photos with over 100 categories. All the photos are released under Creative Commons – CC0 that means attribution is not mandatory.
Along with a modest search engine, Kaboompics provides us with a color palette along with the hex codes which we can use.
15. Travel Coffee Book
Running a travel blog or website? Travel Coffee Book will amaze you with the various places image.
16. ISO Republic
ISO Republic, founded by Tom Eversley, a designer, and a photographer provides several high definition images for creative personal and commercial projects.
Moment (MMT), founded by Jeffrey Betts, contains images angling mainly towards nature, cities, and infrastructure.
Pexels has a commendable directory of stock pictures and is adding almost 3000 photos monthly to its enriched already existing content.
PicJumbo, owned by Viktor Hanacek, is a well organized free stock images provider website. It contains some pretty eye-pleasing food shots.
20. Burst By Shopify
Burst is a subsidiary of Shopify, created by keeping entrepreneurs in mind. All the images are licensed under Creative Commons Zero.
21. Skitter Photo
Skitter Photo covers a variety of genres, and all the pictures are created by the owners.
22. Moni’s Photo
A unique free stock photo by Moni from the following categories.
Targeting Africa? You will love iwaria. A dedicated free African photo portal for your website/
Running a food blog? Get handpicked free food-related photos from Foodshot.
I hope this piece of write-up will help you to add royalty free images to your blog and website.