You have to be VERY careful when using images online, I have known multiple people that have been sued for thousands of dollars because they used an image they found online and did not have permission to use it. There are SO many resources that are legal, some free and some paid, but how do you know?
Here is a quick tutorial video on using google to find legal images that you can use for free.
I still always recommend giving credit to the artist. The images on my site are all my own imagery- but when I work with clients if they don’t have authentic photos- We use some of these resources to develop their brands style, if you search there are very cool stock images out there that can represent you perfectly.
(I am not an affiliate of any of these sites- just sharing them for your reference)
Paid image sites that I use often are:
Free Image Resources: Some of this list was from a blog post on Medium
- Canva Photos: A great photo resource of free and premium photos
- Scatter Jar: Delicious free food photographs for creatives
- Stock Up: Best free stock photo websites in one place.
- Pexels: Best free photos in one place.
- All The Free Stock: Free stock images, icons, and videos.
- Unsplash: Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.
- Splashbase: Search & discover free, hi res photos & videos.
- Startup Stock Photos: Go. Make something.
- Jay Mantri: Free pics. do anything (CC0). Make magic.
- Moveast: This is a journey of a portuguese guy moving east.
- Travel Coffee Book: Sharing beautiful travel moments.
- Designers Pics: Free photographs for your personal & commercial use.
- Death to the Stock Photo: Free photos sent to you every month.
- Foodie’s Feed: Free food pictures in hi-res.
- Mazwai: Free creative commons HD video clips & footages.
- Jéshoots: New modern free photos.
- Super Famous: Photos by Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter.
- Picography: Free hi-resolution photos.
- Pixabay: Free high quality images.
- Magdeleine: A free high-resolution photo every day.
- Snapographic: Free stock photos for personal & commercial use.
- Little Visuals: 7 hi-res images in your inbox every 7 days.
- Splitshire: Delicious free stock photos.
- New Old Stock: Vintage photos from the public archives.
- Picjumbo: Totally free photos.
- Life of Pix: Free high-resolution photos.
- Gratisography: Free high-resolution photos.
- Getrefe: Free photos.
- IM Free: A curated collection of free resources.
- Cupcake: A photographer’s treat by Jonas Nilsson Lee.
- The Pattern Library: Free patterns for your projects.
- Public Domain Archive: New 100% free stock photos.
- ISO Republic: High-quality, free photos for creatives.
- Stokpic: Totally free photos.
- Kaboompics: The best way to get free photos.
- Function: Free photo packs.
- MMT: Free stock photos by Jeffrey Betts.
- Paul Jarvis: Free high-resolution photos.
- Lock & Stock Photos: Free stock photos for you.
- Raumrot: Free high-resolution picture.
- Bucketlistly: A free creative common collection of travel photos.
Here is additional information about why using your own blog post images are so much more powerful than stock images from the Elegant Themes Blog “How to create your own images”
I also shared this blog post in January:
A tutorial on an super user-friendly online image creator Canva
If you have a go to resource that you use, that is not listed please share in the comments area below!