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Lesson 5: 9 Websites to Get Free Images For Your Blog

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What if you could get free stock photos for your blog posts at the click of a button?

Pictures speak a thousand words. Images are everywhere on the internet and they add a nice feel to blog posts, presentations, etc.

Successful blogs out there don’t joke with picture usage. For example at Oasdom.com pictures on our blog posts, Facebook and Twitter pages contribute greatly to how our visitors and readers engage with our contents.

Free stock photos or royalty free images are what bloggers utilize to make their blog contents more appealing and engaging.

In this article I’ll share with you 8 cool sites to get pictures free stock photos for your blog posts. But, using pictures comes with a serious knowledge of image use policy and copyright issues

Copyright Issues

Using someone else’s photos or other content on the web without permission or proper attribution my get you into trouble.

So we’ll quickly talk about 3 common copyright categories. Understanding these three will help you understand using pictures on your blog better.

Public Domain

Images in the public domain are works whose copyrights have expired or whose creators have relinquished all rights to the works. These are free for personal or commercial use.

There is only one exception to the “free for all use” policy for public domain photos: If you’re using an image of a recognizable person, you may need to get his or her permission to use the photo.

Royalty Free

When images are offered royalty-free, this simply means that the purchaser pays a fee and can then use the image without paying additional royalties or licensing fees.

This also means the purchaser doesn’t have to give attribution. This is the model used by paid stock photo sites.

Creative Commons

Photographers who license their images under Creative Commons (CC) can choose how their images will be used by specifying a particular CC license.

For instance, a CC0 license means the owner has relinquished all rights to his or her works, while CC 2.0 requires the user to provide attribution.

Related: What photographers should know about copyright and privacy

9 Websites to Get Free Stock Photos

I have chosen 9 cool websites to visit and use their collections of free stock photos for your blog contents. Just check each website below, search what you’re looking for and save the picture

  1. Pixabay – A huge database of public domain images
  2. Unsplash -10 new high-quality photos released every 10 days. Released under the CC0 license.
  3. Pexels – Searchable database of CC0 images.
  4. Foodie’s Feed – High-res food images. Free to use without attribution; however, the may not be resold.
  5. Stocksnap – An easy to use website for free royalty images and CCO licensed images.
  6. Skitterphoto – License-free photos, free to use under CC0.
  7. SplitShire – Free photos with no copyright restrictions.
  8. Flickr: Creative Commons – Access to all Flickr photos sorted by license. This allows you to find images under the public domain, non-commercial license, attribution license, etc. Some images require attribution, so MAKE SURE you select ‘Public Domain’ to find images that don’t require attribution.
  9. Canva Photos: Canva has an extensive collection of high-quality photos and images to help both designers and non-designers with their designs.

And there you have it. 9 cool websites to get free stock photos for your blog posts and contents.