In this post, I’ll be sharing my three favorite free stock photography sites. I’ve used sites like these professionally for over 15 years, and while a google search with pull up an endless list, the quality is not all the same.
If you’re looking for images to use on your Blog or Social Media, there are tons of resources out there, both paid & free. It’s important to understand that while it’s easy to jump on Google images, pick a photo and call it a day – you run the risk of getting called out and having to shell out money. Stock photography companies scour the internet looking for illegal use of their content. Once they discover an image being miss-used, you will get a bill and run the risk of legal action.
There are three types of stock photos:
- Royalty-free: An image you buy once and own forever, you can add it anywhere you’d like, as many times as you’d like without any limitations.
- Rights Managed: The best way to think of this category is as an image rental. Your price is based on variables like size, where it will be used, the region it will be featured in, and the industry it will be used for.
- Editorial: An editorial image is essentially a Rights Managed image with TONS of restrictions. It is an image featuring news or events, and can not be used for advertising or to promote a product. Professionally, Getty images is my personal go-to for editorial images.
Below are three of my favorite free Royalty-free stock photography websites.
As a closing note, in some cases, the websites will ask for photographer credit to be listed. It’s not always a requirement, but my personal feeling is that if you can you should. The same was that we spend time and energy on a project, they have spent time and energy on editing a photo. It does not weaken your content to give credit, in my opinion, it strengthens the credibility and integrity of the author.
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