Thursday, July 20, 2017

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3 Amazing Websites Offering Free Stock Images to Download


Quote of the day: 

We don't take advantage of our position. We keep saying no to free stuff, as we can afford it now. 
-Lukas Forchhammer 


When it comes to photography finding the right image for use on your blog or website can be daunting. On a good day most of us would make use of our own images, to tell a story or enhance a part of our social media presence or brand. But sometimes we end up with unprofessional looking images that are not as good. The wonderful thing is that there are lots of websites offering free public domain stock photography -thanks to photographers who have given then up for free. These are professional looking photos that are free to use for any purpose without purchasing any license, unlike the royalty-free and rights managed stock photos which require a license to be purchased.

With free stock photos the options are unlimited, as rather than made do with your own photos, or hiring a photographer, you can search large databases online and quickly find something that matches what you are looking for, and is especially popular with web designers as it is a cheaper and less stressful option. Popular photos on these websites include those of people, places, hobbies, pets, architecture, abstract, business, nature, food and many more.

Below are 3 websites that offer free stock photos.

1. Pexels.com

Free stock image website -Pexels

Pexels is a great website that offers free stock photos you can use anywhere and it is even free for commercial and personal use. Also attribution (setting a link to the source) is not needed. This has been my favourite go-to website for professional images that match my preferences. It has a great interface and although the images are limited, but you can always find something close to what you are looking for. And the best thing is you don't need to register to access the website.

2. Pixabay.com


Free stock image website -Pixabay

Pixabay is an enterprise founded in Germany in 2010, and it is similar to Pexels and offers a somewhat similar service -free images to use for personal and commercial use. The key difference between the two is that Pixabay also offers other media types. They claim to offer over a million high quality images, vector graphics, illustrations and free videos that can be anywhere from 7 seconds to a minute in length -both in HD and 4K resolution. However, you may find two or more videos -depending on your search term, that are provided by Shutterstock and which would require payment. But overall majority are free to download for personal use. You do not need to register to download the images on this site.



3. Unsplash.com

Free stock image website -Unsplash

Unsplash claims to be a platform with 'over 200,000 high resolution images brought to you by the world's most generous community of photographers'. The photos are again, free to use like the other websites, and one does not need to register to download them. However, after downloading a photo, the message below appears: 'Crediting isn’t required, but is appreciated and allows photographers to gain exposure'...


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So those are three stock websites that offers free stock photographs for personal and commercial use. There are many more online that you can search for if you don't end up finding what you are looking for -but with millions of photos on these sites, it's highly doubtful you wont find the photos you need. Do you use free stock websites? Do share if you know of any others that could be beneficial.

Thanks for stopping by.


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38 comments:

  1. Vielen Dank für die Veröffentlichung großer Quelle für kostenlose Bilder. Ich schätze es wirklich.

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    1. Amy, thank you for stopping by and you are welcome!

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    1. Kathy G, you are welcome indeed. Nice of you to visit!

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  3. Very helpful, Blogoratti. Thank you!

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  4. Very informative. Free sounds good most of the time. :) thanks!

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  5. thank you I only knew about one of these.

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  6. Only knew 1 of the 3, sure works for me when free.

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  7. They are all good ones. I like Wikimedia Commons too but more and more the restrictions are so demanding.

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  8. I was familiar with pixabay and unsplash...off to check the other out :)

    thanks

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  9. Thanks, this is helpful. I normally do my own photos but there are many times I don't have what I want to use.

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  10. It is a very generous idea. Thank you. So far I have only used my own photos, but should explore further.

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  11. Thank you. This will come in handy.

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  12. Yes i am shite at IT SO THANK YOU

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  13. so interesting!!

    www.fashi0n-m0de.blogspot.it

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  14. I use my own photos and enjoy the challenge of shooting to fit a topic if I don't have what I need. But these sound like very good resources.

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  15. Thanks for this useful info! I usually take my own photos, the safest!

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  16. Good to know, thank you sir.

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  17. great advices!! thanks for sharing

    xo,
    Paula
    www.blossomikebana.com

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  18. Thanks for the information, Mr. B, and while I do search the Internet for images, these are usually the free clip art variety. I do try to use my own photo images as mich as possible. Still, it's good to know these are options available.

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  19. Thank you for these valuable leads

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  20. Morguefile.com is another site that offers free photographs. No need to register and usually an attribution is not needed.

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  21. Sometimes I need good photos, Blogoratti, so thanks for sharing!

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  22. Interesting websites:)
    Have a nice day:)

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  23. That was very helpful thank-you. Book-marking this post.

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    1. ps - Peace, light and love always

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  24. i will check them out ... you have me curious. i am not familiar with any of the 3. neat-O!! ( ;

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  25. Thanks for the info. I use pixabay.

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  26. I use Pixabay a lot, but didn't know about the other two. Great info and thank you for sharing! Hugs...RO

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  27. Thanks Blogoratti - I've noted and will look at the sites. I use mostly ones from Wiki, some of my own, and some I've taken either in life or via an image in an article/book etc ... but need to branch out - Cheers Hilary

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