It’s easy to find beautiful royalty-free photos to use on your website or blog. But these often come at a price, and if you’re a tiny business or just starting up, it can get expensive.
So I thought a list of sites where you can get photos for free would come in handy! But…
Remember to check what you are allowed to do with the images
Please note that, although you can use the photos on these sites for free, you need to check the usage rules of each site carefully:
– Sometimes you need to credit the photographer, website or both
– Sometimes you don’t need to add a credit at all, but they would appreciate a mention on you website
– Sometimes you have to get permission to use the photos in certain ways and places (e.g. for morgueFile you need to contact the photographer if you want to use a photo in a blog post, but not if you’re a designer or illustrator using it in your own work)
– Usually, you can’t incorporate the images into your logo
– Some photos can be used for commercial use and others cannot
– Some sites allow you to modify their images, others do not
– Most allow you to use the images on your website but some don’t allow you to print them onto mugs and t-shirts etc
Here’s the list of free stock photo sites
dreamstime.com/free-photos (note: only some of the photos on this site are free)
Please do let me know if I’ve missed one and I’ll add it to the list.
Finding photos you can use commercially on Flickr
Flickr is a photo sharing site and only some of the photos there can be used for business purposes. You need to make sure the photo has a Creative Commons License and can be used commercially. To do this…
1. Go to Flickr.com
2. Click on the search magnifying glass to get the Advanced Search option
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page
4. Tick the Creative Commons and ‘Find content to use commercially’ boxes (and if you intend to modify or adapt the photo, tick that one too)
5. Click search an you will only be shown those photos you can use commercially with a Creative Commons license. There’s more on what Creative Commons means here.
So there you go – lots of free photos!
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