WHERE TO FIND BEAUTIFUL, FREE IMAGES
The secret to a captivated audience on your website, blog or social media is not your copy or content (well okay, it is in part) – but what really draws attention and keeps attention is your imagery. But it can be so hard to find beautiful free images to complement your message. Often the perfect image can come with a hefty price tag – but don’t even contemplate using an image that you haven’t purchased and that isn’t royalty-free. The price tag that will go with that if you’re caught is even heftier!
So where can you go to find the perfect image you need that doesn’t have a huge price tag attached? I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 stock photography sites. The images on these sites are gorgeous, professional, and best of all – FREE!
Unsplash has a HUGE range of beautiful, high-resolution images that you can access quickly and easily. Searching for images is simple and downloading the image is as easy as clicking on the down arrow on the image. While crediting isn’t required, all downloads come with a suggestion to credit the photographer, and it even provides the exact information you can enter to credit them.
Check out unsplash at www.unsplash.com
Boasting over a million stock images, Pixabay is a big player in the field of stock photography.
It’s simple to find images on this site, the homepage search field simplifies the process. Once you find an image you like, click on it and download it by selecting the ‘Free Download’ button next to the image. Simple!
You can find Pixabay at www.pixabay.com
Although not as big in the field of stock photography as Unsplash or Pixabay, Pexels is a great source of stock images.
There is a definite ambience to the majority of images on the Pexels site that provides a moodiness that you won’t necessarily find with other stock photography. It won’t appeal to everyone, but for those it does – you’ve found yourself a great stash of images.
Check out pexels at www.pexels.com
With over 300 million free images, Foter is a definite player in the field of stock photography. As soon as you land on the homepage you’re provided with a number of search options – use the search bar or browse the preset categories.
Once you’ve found the image you want, you can download in a range of sizes. It’s important to check the licence on these images, particularly for commercial use. The side panel also provides the details of the attribution required – simply copy and paste the text to your webpage, or blog.
You can find Foter at www.foter.com
I love love love Kaboom Pics. The images are amazing and the functionality of the site is brilliant. Search by category, search by keywords or search by colour.
When you find an image you love, hovering over it bring up two options – show more or download. Download is pretty self-explanatory. The ‘Show More’ option is brilliant – it provides you with the option to download in various sizes, provides you with other images from the same theme or photo shoot and (my FAVOURITE) part, gives you a complimentary colour palette WITH the hex codes for the colours – BRILLIANT!!!!
You can find Kaboompics at www.kaboompics.com – if you’re anything like me you’ll have this site bookmarked in no time at all.
So there you have it – my top 5 FAVOURITE FREE IMAGES sites. If you can’t find an image you love on these sites – you’re probably going to have to pay for it.
Check out my blog on creating your own social media graphics. You can use the perfect free images you find using these sites to create the perfect social media graphics.
With that said, my go-to paid photography site is Creative Market. Actually, I love Creative Market for a whole range of things – but that’s another blog altogether. Check out creative market at www.creativemarket.com