Fortunately, finding beautiful images has never been easier – or cheaper. You can, of course, purchase stock photos from any number of services. However, if you are on a limited budget, you can now get great photos for free. These are some of my favorite sites for finding fantastic free images.
Morguefile is my first stop when I am hunting for a photo. The quality of the images is excellent, and you don’t need to jump through hoops to download. No registration is required. You are allowed to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt images. Attribution is not required. Like most other sources for free photos, Morguefile prohibits use of any photo in a stand alone manner. However, unlike other sites, you are free to use photos for commercial purposes (e.g. the cover of your book).
|Spilled Milk by Alecsandro Andrade de Melo|
|© Jamie Wilson | Dreamstime Stock Photos|
Dreamstime has over 790,000 images. It’s a little harder to search than either Morguefile or Stock.xchnge, and registration is required. But once you figure out how to use this site, there are riches to be had. Attribution and a link back is required. The maximum number of copies allowed for free images is 10,000.
Freerange has an eclectic mix of photos, from abstract paint spatters to squirrels. They post their newest photos on the first page, which makes for an interesting introduction to the site. You can search by category, and by most popular and newest. You must register to download. Commercial use is not allowed. Freerange shares revenue from ads on its site with photographers who submit their photos, which is a nice gesture.
|Alien Worlds by micromoth|
123RF has over 20,000,000 amazing royalty-free stock photos. That's right. Twenty million. Not all of them are free. So you have to make sure you click on "Free Stock Images" on their home page. All of the free photos are low resolution (72 dpi) and small, which is perfect for blogs. There is a trick to using 123RF. The free photos have an expiration date, so under the search bar, click on "Browse all free images." That will take you to a page that has images that are about to expire. (Trust me, you will want all of them.) The site requires registration, which is simple to do - and well worth it.
8. Free Digital Photos
|Image Credit: FreeDigitalPhotos.net by Apolonia|