Images are one of the essential elements of writing a perfect blog post. By using images that reinforce the content of your blog post, you can make it visually pleasing to your readers and they can easily connect with what you are saying.
For finding relevant images for your blog, you might be tempted to do Google or Bing image searches. But the images that these search engines will return may be protected by copyright and not free for commercial use. And by using them in your blog post, you may end up infringing their copyright. Now, the question arises – where to find free images that you can use legally in your blog?
So, in this post, I decided to share with you a list of sites that I often use for finding free images for my own blog posts. The images from these sites can be used for free in your blog, but do give proper credit wherever needed. You can check these individual sites to know more on the attribution requirements. Also I would recommend you to read the terms and conditions of these sites as these terms may change with time.
Sources to get Free Images
Unsplash offers 10 free high-resolution photos every 10 days. All these images are captured by different contributors and are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you are free to copy, modify, distribute and use the photos, even for commercial purposes like in your blog, all without asking permission.
Image courtsey: James Forbes on Unsplash.
Gratisography has a collection of high resolution pictures clicked by Ryan McGuire that you can use for free in your personal and commercial projects. And like Unsplash, these images are free of copyright restrictions.
Picjumbo offers free photos under different categories including fashion, food and nature. You can also keyword search this site to find images that you are looking for. All these images are clicked by Viktor Hanacek and are you can use them for free even in your blogs. Attribution is not mandatory.
SplitShire, by Daniel Nanescu, is his gallery of free stock photos, and he has waived off copyright restrictions from these images. On this site, you can find photos under categories like wedding, blurred, people, still life and more.
Superfamous by Folkert Gorter showcases his captured photos. These images are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, which implies you can use these images for free in commercial work as long as you credit the author.
You can subscribe to Little Visuals to receive 7 high resolution free images in your inbox every 7 days. These images are free of copyright restrictions and you can use them for free in your blog posts without attribution.
Pixabay is a repository of public domain pictures. You can search for images or browse its categories like health, business, travel and emotions to find free photos for your blog.
Image courtesy: Stefan Schweihofer
IM Free has a curated collection of high quality free images for commercial use. These images cover many different categories like food, people, fashion, education and many more. You can check individual images for the attribution requirements. Apart from images, IM Free also has icons and website templates.
Image courtesy: Dinner Series
FreePix offers free images for commercial use licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0) license. All these images are clicked by Martin Vorel and you can use them for free as long as you provide appropriate attribution.
Death to the Stock Photo is a free email subscription service that you can sign up for to receive a pack of ten high resolution photographs every month. You can use these images for free in your blogs posts, social accounts, etc.
Open Photo has a collection of images offered by various contributors under terms of Creative Commons licensing. You can search or browse its categories like landscape, architecture, autumn and many more to find images according to your need.
Image courtsey: Heather on Open Photo
All the images on this site are public domain photos that you can use in your blog and other personal or commercial projects for free.
Image courtsey: Jon Sullivan on Public Domain Photos
Unprofound has quality, stock photos that you can browse or filter by color, they are free and can be used commercially without attribution.
Image courtsey: jim on Unprofound
Freerange Stock is a photographic community, you need to register for free to download high quality free stock photos that can be used commercially. You can also search for image that you are looking for.
Morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photographs and reference images contributed by different artists. You can use these images in your creative projects, and give proper credit wherever needed.
Image courtsey: hotblack on Morgue File
Public Domain Archive has high quality public domain stock photos, that you can use for free commercially. New images are added every week.
Image courtsey: Matt Hobbs on Public Domain Archive
Last, but not the least, Pexels is a searchable directory of high quality free images. All these images are under CC Zero license and you can use them for commercial projects for free and no attribution is required. New photos are added daily and you can even subscribe to receive images in your inbox.
When I need images for my blog, I prefer to use websites that give an option to search their image repositories. And for this reason, I mostly use sites like Pixabay, Picjumbo and Pexels that let me easily find high quality photos. Moreover images on these sites are in public domain which allows me to build upon them and create images for my blog.
How about you, do you use any of these sites to find free images for your blog posts? Or did I miss your favorite free images sites? Let everyone know by leaving your comments below and keep this list growing.