Most small businesses don’t have an enormous budget to begin with, so spending $50-$100 on a stock photo just isn’t going to happen. Regardless of budget, stunning photos are available for FREE.
Here are some great resources for sourcing free photos to use on your blog or social media.
- Use the Creative Commons Search (you can search across flickr, Google Images, and Fotopedia) to find photos that we can legally post on your blog or social media. Creative Commons has guidelines on how attribution must be given:
- Ex: Photo: flickr user: Rob Boudon (flickr’s Creative Commons law requires a link too)
- Ex: Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco” by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (source)
Check the attribution requirements for using these photos. Websites like Pexels and Unsplash don’t require attribution, but some do.
- Pixabay – Ignore the Shutterstock photos mixed in
- Refe – People interacting with technology in a natural way
- Pexels – More abstract, outdoorsy photos
- Death to the Stock Photo – You can sign up for photos to be send to your inbox
- Unsplash – More artsy, outdoor, abstract — less tech
- Morgue File –Tech photos here can be cheesy. Might take some searching but OK source.
- PicJumbo – Photography by solo photographers
- Magdeleine – Great photos of people
- Shopify – well photographed images not found elsewhere on the web. Licensed for commercial purposes (thanks for this recommendation Ellie!).
Want help sourcing photos for stellar and cohesive brand representation? Contact me today, I can help.