36 Best Places to get Free Images For Your Blog

This image was found in Wikimedia Commons and is considered “Public Domain” and therefore no attribution is needed.

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

– https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Wikimedia Commons

The Wikipedia for media.


2. Flickr commons

– https://www.flickr.com/explore

FlickR creative commons

Flickr is the second largest storage of images on the web and many photographers allow you to use their images.


3. Getty Images

– https://www.gettyimages.com

Getty Images

For a detailed description you can read more about free Getty Images here.


4. Photo Pin

– https://photopin.com

Photopin

This is a search engine for FlickR commons.


5. Free Images

– https://www.freeimages.com

Free Images

An image exchange site that is owned by Getty Images.


6. Morgue File

– https://www.morguefile.com

Morgue File

Image exchange site.


7. Microsoft Images

– https://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/results.aspx?qu=real+estate&ex=1&origin=HA010201923

Microsoft IMages

Microsoft offers thousands and thousands of images and clip art.


8. RBG Stock

– https://www.rgbstock.com

RGB Stock

They are dedicated to making high quality images available to those who cannot afford to pay for them.


9. Dreamstime

– https://www.dreamstime.com/free-photos

Dreamstime

They are primarily for pay images, but offer a free section.


10. FreeFoto

– https://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp

Free Foto

Over 132549 images.


11. Pixabay

– https://pixabay.com/en

Pixabay

Use of these images, even for commercial purposes, without any links.


12. Every Stock Photo

– https://www.everystockphoto.com

Every Stock Photo

Millions of freely licensed photos, from many sources, presented in a search engine.


13. Historical Stock Photos

– https://www.historicalstockphotos.com

Historical Stock Photos

Free historical images.


14. Free Pixels

– https://www.freepixels.com

Free Pixels

Grants to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use and reproduce the image.


15. Public Domain Photos

– https://www.public-domain-photos.com

Public Domain Photos

5,000 free images and 8,000 free clip art images for any purpose, including commercial.


16. Panoramio

–  https://www.panoramio.com

Panoramio

You can find location based images used on Google Maps.


17. Free Digital Photos

– https://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Free Digital Photos

Download free and premium high quality images, produced by a community of professional stock photographers and digital illustrators.


18. Ancestry Images

– https://www.ancestryimages.com

Ancestry Images

27,800 images of old and antique prints, maps and portraits.


19. Picjumbo

– https://picjumbo.com

Picjumbo

Totally free photos for your commercial & personal works.


20. Gratisography

– https://www.gratisography.com

Gratisography

ALL PICTURES WERE CAPTURED BY RYAN MCGUIRE AND FREE OF COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS.


21. Compfight

– https://compfight.com

Compfight

Another FlickR search tool.


22. Unsplash

https://unsplash.com

Unsplash

Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos.


23. Icon Finder

– https://www.iconfinder.com

Icon finder

Looking for icons.


24. Little Visuals

– https://littlevisuals.co

Little Visuals

Get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days.


25. New Old Stock

– https://nos.twnsnd.co

New Old Stock

Vintage photos from public archives.


26. Death to the Stock Photo

– https://deathtothestockphoto.com

Death to stock photos

Free monthly photos.


27. Subtle Patterns

– https://subtlepatterns.com

Subtle Patterns

Over 380 tilable textured patterns, free to use.


28. FreeRange

– https://freerangestock.com

Free Range

Photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions.


29. OpenPhoto

– https://openphoto.net

Open Photo

Photo sharing platform where contributors have offered their images free of charge.


30. Dotspin

– https://www.dotspin.com

 

Dotspin

A collection of Instagram images free for personal use.


31. PhotoGen

– https://www.photogen.com

Photogen

Quality stock photography for both commercial and personal use.


32. Superfamous Studios

– https://superfamous.com

Superfamous Studios

Los Angeles-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter.


33. Graphicstock

– https://www.graphicstock.com/freeimages/?gclid=CK3a-f3m8r0CFQWTfgodXIcA7A

Graphicstock

7 days of free unlimited downloading of images.


34. Creative Commons

– https://search.creativecommons.org

Creative Commons

Not an actual image depository, however there are links to many and information about copyright and sharing laws.


35. Google Images

https://www.google.com

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”.


36. Fotopedia

– https://www.fotopedia.com/search?human_license=reuse_commercial_modify

Fotopedia

Search people, places, subjects, hashtags…


BONUS 

Canva

Canva Simple graphic design

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.

Foodies Feed

– https://foodiesfeed.com/

Foodie's feed free food images

Jakub provides photographs of food for your brand new website, presentation, design work for your client, visual concept, wallpaper, poster…

Good Free Photos

– https://www.goodfreephotos.com

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.

 

WARNING:

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.

By |2015-11-03T17:55:29+00:00April 22nd, 2014|

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