This post has been and will continue to be, a work in progress. As a blogger, I am always on the lookout for attractive, eye-catching images for my posts. I try to take as many photos myself, but there are times that I need to resort to my handy dandy list of free stock images sites.
Before You Start Clicking!
It is super crucial for you to make sure that the images you are going to download and use are genuinely free. I’m not just speaking of free as in “no-cost,” but also “no strings attached.” There are a few different licenses I have come across.
Licenses I Look For:
- Creative Commons Zero means that you can use the photos in any way you’d like, without asking permission.
- Creative Commons with attribution means that you can use the photo in any way you want, as long as you credit the creator of the picture.
Attribution is easy to do! If you choose to use an image that has a Creative Commons license that requires attribution, add text that cites the photographer (“Photo by Mary Jones”) and be sure to include a link to her site if there is one.
Drum Roll Please…
I’m rather proud of my little list. It keeps growing, and I’ll be sure to add to it and edit as time passes, so don’t forget to bookmark this page!
- PUBLIC DOMAIN ARCHIVE
- THE PATTERN LIBRARY
- THE NOUN PROJECT
- BARN IMAGES
- NEGATIVE SPACE
- LOCK AND STOCK: it would be nice to give attribution but you don’t have to
- SKITTER PHOTO
- JAY MANTRI
- POLAR FOX
- FREE FOOD PHOTOS: provide attribution
- STARTUP STOCK PHOTOS
- KABOOMPICS: you’ll need to add the source link for these pics
- NEW OLD PHOTOS
- CANVA’S LIST OF 73 FREE SITES (some are duplicates)
Some of the sites do accept donations, and I recommend doing so if you like and use their images.
I also purchase images when needed from Fotolia (affiliate link). Are there any free image sites that you frequent?