Eye-catching photos are essential in the online world. There are millions of pictures out there, and we need to stand out. As bloggers, it is often hard to find the time or resources to create your beautiful photos. For this reason, websites like the ones I have prepared for today’s post will help you elevate the status of your blog posts, your social media banners and much more. They all are high-quality images, and the best of all is that are compliant with CC0, which means they are free to use for commercial and non-commercial use without the need to credit the author. However, it is always appreciated and nice to give credit to the authors when possible.
As promised here is a list of sites where you can find beautiful free stock pictures to use in your blog posts and social media accounts. Enjoy!
I want to start with this site because is my absolute favourite one. I use their photos every day, not only for my blog but my clients as well. Their photos are high-quality and beautiful. You can find almost anything here.
You can download without an account, but if you do create one (you can just link your Facebook account, and you are in), you will be able to like pictures, add them to your collection and follow other users. The addition of this tools in your account makes it feel like a community, and by connecting with other users, you might be able to find pictures that you haven’t think of or even seen yet. There are thousands of images in this site sort by categories. You can also share your email address and have the team send you the latest photos.
I recommend you to search on this website; the chances are you will find what you are looking for.
Crediting isn’t required, but is appreciated because it will help the photographers gain exposure. You can add a little attribution in your posts just by copying the line they suggest you when you download the picture.
Death To The Stock Photo
They offer free photos sent to your email each month (you need to sign up to the newsletter) or a premium account where you can log in at any time and download images.
All their pictures are under “one simple license”: “Use the photos how you please, but don’t redistribute them.” They only ask you to not redistribute it or claim the work as your own.
At Splitshire you have the opportunity to download beautiful images and videos for free! And there is no need to create an account.
Here are the ways you can use their photos:
- Website or Mobile App
- Advertising Materials
- Image Placeholders for Bloggers or Websites
- Image Placeholders/Backgrounds in Templates for Sale
- Part of Template for Sell
- Social Media
- Magazines – Ebooks
- Book Covers
- Music Artwork
- Software Applications
- Personal & Commercial works
Fancycrave offers Public Domain photographs to download for free. There are two plans, free and premium, and the possibility to receive 14 free photos each week in your email, not bad!
Another fantastic site to download gorgeous pictures for your designs. All of their photos come with a CC0 License which allows you to:
- Use, copy, edit, or share that photo.
- Use it for personal or commercial purposes.
- And to do so without purchase, permission, or giving attribution to the creator of the work. While we do always encourage attribution, it is not required.
If you are in the food niche, this is definitely a great website for you. They have hundreds and hundreds of amazing photographs that will help your posts stand out.
You can download free photos without creating an account. However, if you do so, they will send you special deals from their partners and receive trending pictures. SOmething to consider 🙂
All their photos are under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, so feel free to use them however you like.
Burst By Shopify
The pictures they show on their site can be download for free (standard) or as a premium user. Premium users get to download higher-quality photos.
You can also receive new free stock photos in your inbox every week.
As they mentioned at the beginning of the website, their photos are “ for personal or commercial use, all of our CC0 licensed images are completely free to use!”
Like other sites, you can receive photos in your email every week.
At Kaboom you can receive exclusive content by subscribing to their list and download photos on their site for free.
What I like about this site is that you can get the color scheme of the photo. This is very helpful when you are building a personal brand and need to choose colors or base you picture on a specific scheme.
You can even download the picture with the color scheme!
Another incredible site that I use a lot for different projects. They have an infinity of amazing pictures.
All their pictures are under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license so don’t be scared to use it for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
As in Unsplash, you will able to like and collect pictures and see the profile of the author. The best thing is that you can also donate to those photographers you appreciate via PayPal.
Another great tool to find photos and to promote yourself as a photographer. In Magdeleine you can download pictures for free, but you can also have access to the website, Instagram and other social media accounts of the authors.
You can also see the color palette of each photo, which camera was used to take the picture and, what I think is very important, where was made.
You can even explore by the domination of colors in the picture, perfect if you need to focus on the color of yours or your client’s brands.
Definitely a site to have bookmarked for your designs.
And last but not least, Pixabay, a site where you can download free stock pictures, illustrations, vectors and videos for your digital projects.
I can spend hours on this site, they offer astounding quality downloads for free, and they come in handy when you have different projects in your hands.
All of the work they offer is under the CC0 license.
As you start using this site’s you will realize that high-quality comes with a price, massive pictures that will make your site slow. For that, there are many tools you can find to compress your images losing the less quality possible. I recommend this two tools as I use them every day. The results are great. I always recommend to upload photos that weight less than 1MB and to properly optimize them in your WordPress backend (selecting how big or small you want to show them on your page).
TinyPNG & Optimizilla
These are the 11 sites that I use the most when I look for specific and beautiful free stock pictures. I am sure you will find them as helpful as I do. Remember that if you have the chance, it is always a great idea to credit the work to their authors so they can keep creating more amazing content for us to share.