An image is worth 1000 words. How many times have you heard that one?
And it’s because it is true. Or maybe more than 1000 words.
When you have images in your blog posts or social media posts, engagement has been shown to go up. Think about it. When you are scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, do you read all of the written posts? Or do you scroll on by unless you see the profile photo of someone you know/like, then pause and maybe read.
But when you see an image that catches your eye, do you give it a second glance? Even if it goes with a post that you have no interest in whatsoever. You still pause and look for even half a second.
That is the power of images. That is the power of a good photo. Especially when it relates to what you are talking about. Or invokes a feeling.
So, go out and take amazing pictures for every single website/blog post and social media post you do. Go! Now!
What’s that you say? You don’t have an extra 2-3 hours a day to go out and take super amazing pictures that relate to each and every topic you discuss? Pictures that will wow your readers and get them to stop and engage with every post? You don’t have an extra 2-3 hours a day to LEARN photography? You don’t even own a DSLR camera?
Never fear, the answer is here.
Free Stock Photo Websites
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. You have a business to run. And you are learning so many new skills as it is.
Now if you are a professional photographer already, go for it. Snap away! But if photography is not your strongest suit, and you just don’t have the extra time, but you want great looking images to use, they are available.
So many photographers want to get their images out there into the world and are providing them to you to use. Below are a few (19 to be exact) websites that provide free images for you to use, as of the writing of this post. Always do your due diligence and make sure that is still the case. Most state right on the homepage, so it’s pretty easy to tell.
Pixabay is one of my favorites. I found it because my father-in-law posts his word images on here. They are pretty cool. The reason this site is one of my favorites is that I almost always find what I am looking for. The selection is huge. When you use the search bar, the top line of photos is from Shutterstock, which is a paid service. But scroll down and look at all of the amazing choices for free. And the selection is growing every day.
Another website with some amazing photos. You can search for a subject you are looking for. Lots and lots to choose from.
Like Pexels and Pixabay, Unsplash has lots of great images to choose from. You can search for what you are looking for. A lot of the images are going to be the same as on the other websites because photographers upload their images to many sites. But some only upload to one, so check them all to get what you want.
Death to Stock Photo is a little different in that you can’t just go there and search for whatever you want. You sign up for their newsletter and get 10 amazing images emailed to you each week. I just love the photos I get from them each week. There is usually a theme each week. You can have an “Images” folder in your email to store them all so you can just go to the folder when you are looking for a photo.
Ditto what was said above for Unsplash.
Life of Pix is a website by Leeroy an advertising agency in Montreal and its network of photographers. You are more likely to get an image that hasn’t been used a 1000 times by a 1000 other people. (You know that if you see that image of the woman with the sparkler one more time…)
Little Visuals is a website started by a man named Nic who was a photographer. Sadly Nic died at 26 from S.A.D.S (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome). His family is keeping all of his photos up and downloadable in the hopes of raising money to get portable defibrillators in more schools and sports areas in Nic’s memory. They ask for donations on the website. Nic’s photography is beautiful.I i recommend you check it out.
Another website run by a single photographer is PicJumbo. In other words, you are going to find original images here. Viktor Hanacek has an abundance of photographs to choose from. Go take a look and find something you won’t see everywhere else.
Love, love, love New Old Stock. This is where you will find some great vintage images from the public archives. Unfortunately there isn’t an easy way to search for anything specific, so you have to scroll through. But if you take the time to look you can find some gems that you just won’t find anywhere else.
All these photos are released under creative commons. The website itself says feel free to use them.
All photography on this site is from Jeffrey Betts. More original images to choose from. Some wonderful images to choose from. I really like his eye.
You will recognise a lot of the images from Ryan McGuire. His images are quite original. He uses photoshop to enhance some of his images. You are going to get some amazing original pictures on this site.
These two websites are for designing and creating a whole package for marketing and social media sharing. But they have images available for use on their websites. On Canva, you have to pay for some of the images, but a lot are available for free. Check them out.
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