A good quality photo or two added to your article makes it more likely to be read, passed on and saved. If you’re planning to use a series of images that will illustrate a ‘how to’ article, then taking your own photos is the way to go. But if you just need a good quality free image or two that will help to make your point, then it’s nice to have a few ‘go to’ sites.
Here’s a few places to check out the next time you’re looking for that perfect photo.
- Pixabay – More than 200,000 free photos and vector graphics.
- PicJumbo – Free high-res photos for comercial or personal work
- FreeImages – Huge gallery containing over 350.000 quality stock photos
- Flickr Creative Commons – Many Flickr users offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search from this page.
- New Old Stock – Vintage photos from public archives. These are all free of known copyright restrictions.
- MorgueFile – Large collection of photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects.
- SuniPix – Royalty free stock photograph collection with over 15000 images for personal and business needs.
- OpenPhoto – An open network of photographers consisting of pictures of animals, nature, landscape, architecture, still life, and technology. Contributors have offered their images free of charge under terms of Creative Commons licensing. and terms vary from picture to picture.
- Free Stock Photos: 74 Best Sites To Find Awesome Free Images – Be sure to bookmark this page – great resource!
Be sure that you always credit the photographer with an attribution and a link.
Once you’ve found a few photos you want to use, you’ll need to resize or crop them. If you don’t have an Image Editing program installed (like PhotoShop or GIMP), try Pixlr. It’s a great free app. Even if you normally use PhotoShop, having an online app for quick edits can be a serious time saver. Pixlr Image Editor does a great job and the interface is very similar to Photoshop.
Why did I use the photo I used for this post? It’s a beautiful example of a free image…and I liked it!
Photo Credit: Natureworks