Great Sources of Free Images for Social Media

November 3, 2014 by

Free Image SourcesThe image you choose can make or break your social media updates, blog posts and other content. But, finding the right picture to accompany your post can be challenging.

Not only do you need to find one that complements your post and grabs readers’ attention, but you also have to make sure you are free to share the pic. You can purchase stock photos, but that could take a bite out of your budget and even then, the choices are not always ideal.

When you know where to look, you can find professional, attractive photos that are free for you to use. The following are one dozen resources for high-quality images that you can use for all of your social media and content marketing needs.

unsplash

 

Why We Love It:

Every 10 days, Unsplash releases 10 new, high-resolution photos that you can use in any way you want. The photos are published under Creative Commons Zero, so you can use them, modify them and share them without requesting permission.

Searches and Downloads:

There is no search feature, so you’ll have to browse to find the photo you want, but you can subscribe and have the 10 new pics emailed to you each week.

pixabay

Why We Love It:

Images at Pixabay are published under Creative Commons Public Domain deed CC0, so you can use and modify them without asking permission or paying attribution, even on social media. You can donate to the site by clicking the Buy Us a Cup of Coffee button, if you choose.

Searches and Downloads:

The site includes a helpful search feature and you have the option of downloading various sizes of each photo. Note that sponsored Shutterstock images may appear at the top of your search results, which are not free to use.

freeimages

Why We Love It:

As the name implies, FreeImages.com offers a collection of free to use stock photos. There are a few restrictions, so be sure to read the Image License Agreement, although these are mostly limitations on selling the images or using them in a manner that is uncomplimentary to the photographer.

Searches and Downloads:

The site features a basic and advanced search feature, which can help you find the perfect photo. As with Pixabay, you’ll want to avoid the premium results if you are looking for free pics.

picjumbo

Why We Love It:

Another resource of images you can use in virtually any manner, PicJumbo only restricts users from selling the images or publishing them in another stock photo collection. You can donate through the site and photographers appreciate attribution, whenever possible.

Searches and Downloads:

The two primary methods of finding images on this side are browsing categories or selecting tags. There is a search box at the top of the page, but this actually takes you to a sponsoring (and not free) site.

freepixels

Why We Love It:

FreePixels has a library containing thousands of free to use stock photos. There are some restrictions, such as reselling photos or using them as part of a logo, so be sure to read the Terms of Use.

Searches and Downloads:

You can search for keywords or browse through categories and subcategories. For instance, the Food and Drinks category features subcategories such as Sweets and Cakes or Fruits and Vegetables.

gratisography

Why We Love It:

Ryan McGuire of Bells Design takes all of the photos on Gratisography and they are all free of copyright restrictions.

Searches and Downloads:

There is no search feature on this page, so you’ll have to browse through the high-resolution images to find something you like, but perhaps one of them will inspire you. In addition, you can follow Bells Design on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ or subscribe via email to find out when new photos are added.

death to stock photo

Why We Love It:

Death to the Stock Photo offers artistic vignettes of daily life that are ideal for blogs, social media and other content marketing purposes.

Searches and Downloads:

There is no search feature. This site is unique in that you must subscribe (for free) to receive a “pack” of digital photos each month. In order to access all past photos (and get an additional pack in each email), you have to upgrade to the premium subscription, which is $10 a month.

sumall

Why We Love It:

Although they are known for their social media analytics tools, the SumALL blog is also a terrific resource for social media images.

Searches and Downloads:

There is no search feature, but you can narrow the results by selecting the type of images you want to view, such as illustrations or photos, as well as the categories that interest you, including social media, content marketing and mobile. You can download an ecommerce package, as well.

dreamstime

Why We Love It:

DreamsTime is a stock photo site that is not entirely free, but they do have a section of free pics.

Searches and Downloads:

Check out the category tabs across the top of the page or use the search feature to find the right image. You must register for a free membership in order to download the photos.

freerange

Why We Love It:

The photos on FreeRangeStock are ad-supported, so photographers make money when visitors click on advertisements, which allows them to offer photos at no charge. You cannot resell the photos, but you can use them without attribution for your social media and blog posts.

Searches and Downloads:

The search feature allows you to choose between matching all terms and matching any terms. In order to download images, you must register for a free account.

imagebase

Why We Love It:

The tagline for ImageBase is (absolutely free photos), and they go on to explain that they pictures are free to use for blog posts, magazine articles and social media.

Searches and Downloads:

You can search the gallery or browse through categories, which even includes PowerPoint slides.

unprofound

Why We Love It:

Built by designers and photographers, Unprofound provides completely free images you can use for any purpose.

Searches and Downloads:

You can browse random images or search using keywords, but another cool way to search is by color. Click one of the color blocks at the top of the home page to view a collection of photos in that color family. You can download without signing up for anything.

pexels

Why We Love It:

With more than 1800 photos in its current collection, Pexels publishes only CC0 licensed photos that they select from free sources. Sign up for instant access and keep looking, because they add dozens of new high-resolution images weekly.

Searches and Downloads:

There is an easy-to-use search box at the top of the page. You can also browse new or popular photos.

skitterphoto

Why We Love It:

Licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal License, the images on Skitterphoto are free to use and modify without permission or attribution. If you have an eye for highly artistic images, you will love the photos available here.

Searches and Downloads:

There is no search feature available, but you can browse categories, popular images or new photos. No registration is required to download.

life of pix

Why We Love It:

With new photos added weekly, Life of Pix is a free source of high-resolution photos with no copyrights restrictions donated by the Leeroy Advertising Agency in Montreal & its network of photographers. They have a second site dedicated to free video, as well.

Searches and Downloads:

There is no search feature available, but you can browse nearly a dozen categories. No registration is required to download.

 

Do you have a favorite resource for free photos that can be used on social media? Share it with us!

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