The Best Free Resources for Stock Photography
Don't Become an (Unwitting) Pirate
Creatives like you and me can sometimes be a little naive when it comes to the online world. Couple that naivety with the sheer amount of stolen content available out there and it becomes clear that it can be very easy to get yourself in trouble with regards to the media you use within your blog or website.
I used to just go to Google and use the image search options to look for photographs that were labelled for re-use, without any licensing caveats.
I thought that this would be enough to protect me and make sure that the content I used was not stolen from another person.
However, as I said before, the amount of content used without permission inevitably throws up some results that have been labelled wrongly.
This can lead to you using someone else's intellectual property without their permission.
Your lovingly crafted site or blog is now in danger. Because if the owner of said photograph ever finds out you are using their work without the proper credits, it's problem time.
At the very least you can quickly find yourself having to redo your website and in worst case scenarios, you could have racked up fees that need to be paid.
But I Didn't Know!
Not knowing does not absolve you of your responsibilities. What's that? They'll never catch you anyway? Wrong. It is a very trivial process to image search on a modern browser. Try it for yourself by doing the following:
- Go to Google Images.
- Drag an image from your computer into the box.
- There is no step 3. Google will search the web for any images that match.
See? And if you think companies and artists don't search for their content regularly, you're wrong. Everyone wants to protect their intellectual property. After all, it's how they make their money.
So you ask, what do I do to ensure I don't fall into this trap?
You have two options. You can pay for stock photography from places such as shutterstock.
But this costs money and if you are only just starting out, or it's a hobby, this can become expensive.
Luckily for you though, I am here to guide you. Because option number two is completely and utterly free.
Don't End Up Paying for Your Mistakes
Completely Free Stock Photography
I have now been working in the online space for numerous years. Over that time I have discover various free resources. Today I am going to share with you some of those resources: the ones pertaining to free stock photography.
The links given below are to the most trustworthy sites I know. You can use the pictures from there without license. It does not matter if you are using them in a personal or professional setting either. You can modify, change and use them wherever. Just don't try to sell them or pass them off as your own!
- Pixabay - This is my go to whenever I need images. I don't think it has let me down many times either! With a library nearing a million there is bound to be something there for you.
- Unsplash - This site is a lot more paired down than Pixabay. Some people will prefer the UI but I find Pixabay easier to navigate. Loads of high resolution pics.
- Pexels - Another great site. You will need to sign in to get the best out of it but everything is free.
- FFCU - Stands for free for commercial use. Pretty self explanatory, right?
- Makerbook - Last but by no means least. This site collates free stock photos from 30 sites across the web. If you are struggling to find an image, look no further than here.
Thanks for reading my first ever article over here on Hubpages. I hope that it helps you to find all the relevant, free stock photography you will ever need.