30 Day Challenge Day 5 – Resources – free photos
I’d like to share a few sites which offer amazingly high quality photos for completely free use. Tomorrow I’ll share a list of ideas of what you can do with them (even if you are not familiar with Photoshop or other editing software)
When it comes to digital images and other design resources such as fonts, “free” has a very cloudy meaning. This is due to copyright law, where the copyright owner controls what you can do with an image. If you only use an image you find online for personal uses, this really doesn’t matter, but if you ever want to publish it (on a blog for example) or use it to make money in any fashion, then copyright becomes important. The sites in this list provide free images with the broadest permissions and in most cases you can use them for pretty much anything.
I’ll list the sites here and include a brief description if they have any unusual restrictions. Many of these sites have a CC0 license, which is a creative commons method to waive all copyright. I’ve also started a resource page where I will include these and future tools I’ll add.
Unsplash – CC0 – A beautiful collection of photos, typically outdoor scenes with and without people.
pixabay – CC0 – This site has a wide variety of image types. It’s similar to stock photography sites and screens the contributors to ensure high quality.
Stocksnap.io – CC0 – I haven’t visited this site much, but they seem to have a nice selection. On my last visit I noticed several of the same images on Unsplash, so expect to see some duplication between the sites.
GRATISOGRAPHY CC0 – Eclectic assortment of photos by Ryan McGuire. They range from beautiful to bizarre.
If these are not enough, here a longer list. The other sites they list have some smaller collections, and often have more restrictive usage terms so check them carefully. Enjoy!