Not everyone can afford to purchase the rights to stock images. Thankfully though, there are plenty of great websites which have free stock images you can use. When we say free, we're meaning that they don't cost you any money to use. What they will most likely have though, is licensing terms attached to each image. The licensing terms will tell you what you can and can't use the image for, whether you need to give credit for the image and where you can use it. Take a read of the article Understanding Stock Image Terminology for more information on image licensing.
Let's take a look through eight great websites which offer free stock images.
Organised by collections, Unsplash offers hand selected photos for personal and commercial use. Photo collections are varied, and there's a little something for everyone here.
Free from copyright restrictions, StockSnap offer a large variety of photo collections available for download and use.
A great advantage to using Pixabay is that they offer a range of photo sizes for downloading, so you don't need to manually resize them as often.
Handy feature with Kaboompics is that they tell you the Hex code of the main colours of the photo you are downloading.
Offers some unique and quirky photos. Reshot state they focus on quality over quantity when it comes to their images.
Foodiesfeed specialises in free stock photos of food and now we're hungry!
Gratisography is the place to go when you want "the world's quirkiest range of stock images."
A wide variety of free stock photos, some of which are not found elsewhere, can be found on the Picography website.
Remember that when using stock photos, even if they are free, there still may be terms and conditions you must follow. To learn more about this, take a read of the Business Networking NZ article, Understanding Stock Image Terminology next.
Posted: Friday 24 May 2019