Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. ~ Mark Twain
You can not use an image you find on Google Images on your website or blog!
If you do… there is a chance that someone will sue you. If they sue you it will be for way more money than you feel that they deserve and there is a good chance they will win. It is called Copyright Infringement and it is serious business.
Also be careful of my headline; Free Images For Your Blog. As they say, “there is no such thing as a free lunch”.
No images are truly free. You either pay in your own time to take them, money and buy them, or you have to give credit to the creator of the image. It might be better to call these Legal Images.
This list contains links to sites from which you do not need to pay money, or time, but you do need to pay homeage. You do this by either mentioning the creators name or adding a link on your site to the creator, called attribution.
It depends on what the creator wants and should be disclosed on each site. Some sites are monetized through advertising and do not require any links or mentions.
Most of these sites rely on a set of rules called the “Creative Commons“.
Best Sites To Get Free Images For Your Blog
(in no particular order)
1. Wikimedia Commons
The Wikipedia for media.
2. Flickr commons
Flickr is the second largest storage of images on the web and many photographers allow you to use their images.
3. Getty Images
For a detailed description you can read more about free Getty Images here.
4. Photo Pin
This is a search engine for FlickR commons.
5. Free Images
An image exchange site that is owned by Getty Images.
6. Morgue File
Image exchange site.
7. Microsoft Images
Microsoft offers thousands and thousands of images and clip art.
8. RBG Stock
They are dedicated to making high quality images available to those who cannot afford to pay for them.
They are primarily for pay images, but offer a free section.
Over 132549 images.
Use of these images, even for commercial purposes, without any links.
12. Every Stock Photo
Millions of freely licensed photos, from many sources, presented in a search engine.
13. Historical Stock Photos
Free historical images.
14. Free Pixels
Grants to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use and reproduce the image.
15. Public Domain Photos
5,000 free images and 8,000 free clip art images for any purpose, including commercial.
You can find location based images used on Google Maps.
17. Free Digital Photos
Download free and premium high quality images, produced by a community of professional stock photographers and digital illustrators.
18. Ancestry Images
27,800 images of old and antique prints, maps and portraits.
Totally free photos for your commercial & personal works.
ALL PICTURES WERE CAPTURED BY RYAN MCGUIRE AND FREE OF COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS.
Another FlickR search tool.
Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos.
23. Icon Finder
Looking for icons.
24. Little Visuals
Get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days.
25. New Old Stock
Vintage photos from public archives.
26. Death to the Stock Photo
Free monthly photos.
27. Subtle Patterns
Over 380 tilable textured patterns, free to use.
Photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions.
Photo sharing platform where contributors have offered their images free of charge.
A collection of Instagram images free for personal use.
Quality stock photography for both commercial and personal use.
32. Superfamous Studios
Los Angeles-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter.
7 days of free unlimited downloading of images.
34. Creative Commons
Not an actual image depository, however there are links to many and information about copyright and sharing laws.
35. Google Images
I know I said you can’t use Google Images in the intro… unless you make sure to filter out “Labled For Reuse”.
Search people, places, subjects, hashtags…
Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.
Jakub provides photographs of food for your brand new website, presentation, design work for your client, visual concept, wallpaper, poster…
Good Free Photos
Images by a ninja that lives in Madison, Wisconsin and likes to travel out and take photos of random things and places. This is a compilation of things and places he has taken pictures of.
This is meant to be used as a reference and is not legal advice. While these sites are all safe as long as you familiarize yourself with the requirements to use and share the images, copyright law is complex and confusing.