When it comes to getting images for your blog, safest is a LOT better than sorry. Copyright laws are strict and will be enforced. If you want to read about a blogger who slipped once and got caught, you can find that here. One small mistake can be costly so this is an area you need to educate yourself in.
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Having said that, this is disclaimer time. I’m not a lawyer. What I’m sharing today is how I mange image copyright across my blogs. Most people who put photos on the internet will licence them under Creative Commons. You can find the Australian specific page about Creative Commons licencing here.
With the “better safe than sorry” perspective in mind, I only use images that fall under one licence category on my blogs: CC0. (That’s Creative Commons Zero.) You can read more about it here, but is the category that means you can do whatever you want with the images, including use them for commercial works. These are the stock photo websites I use on my blogs.
10 Free Stock Photo Websites
Pixabay is a really good website and has over 400,000 photos – so if you need an image quickly, then this should be your number one go-to. Pixabay is also the source of the stock photos used in WordSwag, so that’s another great tick for them.
PicJumbo is gaining in popularity but still unused enough that your photo won’t look like everyone else’s. My favorite feature is that they have a “test drive” of their images where you can get ideas on how to use them.
Pexels is another really good general stock photo website, though I am starting to notice their images in a few places, which means it’s gaining in popularity. While this isn’t overly negative, it is something to be aware of if your brand relies on imagery heavily for uniqueness.
Unsplash have beautiful, high-resolution images. Be aware of the file size when using them – they can make the size of a document blow out pretty quickly.
Picography and Unsplash are fairly similar in design and quality of images, though they do have different images!
A heads up when using Magdeleine: only a section of their website is CC0. Keep that in mind when searching and make sure that you comply with the licence on each image.
Don’t be fooled by the name, cupcake isn’t for foodies but is gorgeous.
Gratisography is a bit more designer-ey (technically term, folks) than most of these other sites.
Life of Pix
Life of Pix is probably the site I would describe as more vintage in style than the others – it’s not a niche of theirs that I can see, but that’s how the photos come across (at least in the times I’ve used them).
Last, but very far from least, is FoodiesFeed. Warning: do NOT go to this site if you’re hungry. As the name suggests, FoodiesFeed is a stock photography website for foodies.
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What free stock photography websites do you use? Share below and help out your fellow bloggers.