Where To Find Free Stock Photos Online
It’s hard to overstate the value of visual communication. Humans have relied on it since we were pointing and grunting to communicate danger. It’s quick, effective, and gets the point across on a deep psychology level.
This is why finding the right photo for your business can make or break your success online. Stimulating photos have been proven to increase leads, links, conversions, and many other wonderful things. Online marketers today absolutely rely on visual communication to engage their target markets.
Simply put: don’t waste your time with lame photos. Companies used to get away with bad clip art and cheesy stock photos, but the ’90s are over. That ship has sailed, sunk, and carried many slow-to-evolve companies to Davy Jones’ locker.
Stock photos can be expensive, though. You can find pricey online market places all over. But before you spend your money, take advantage of these free resources for amazing photos. Here is how you find free stock photos online.
Business Stock Photos
Death To The Stock Photo
DeathToTheStockPhoto.com is a wonderful service for free stock photos of city life. It’s a great resource for small businesses who want to project a young, exuberant image. The idea is simple. You sign up with your email address, and these folks will send you ten free photos every month. Free to use, modify and adapt.
It’s easy as pie. Or cake. Or whichever one of those is easier. You won’t pay a cent for professional stock photos. The monthly batch of photos tends to revolve around a theme, so there is always something new to help you improve your website.
Search.CreativeCommons.Org is the go-to source for free-to-use media on the internet. It has been at the forefront of this movement for years, and has helped countless people find free stock photos online. In fact, you can find much more than photos here.
Creative commons gives you access to all types of art online. You can find free music for a budget film score. You can find film clips for simple montages on your website. The popularity of Creative Commons means that quality can vary, so you may have to work a bit: you might find a lot of poorly made content, but some digging can return amazing results.
Beautiful Stock Photos
LittleVisuals.co is perfect for those who work outdoors or whose business brings peace and tranquility. Sign up on the home page for seven high-resolution free stock photos every single week. The photos nearly always focus on quiet, awe-inspiring scenes. Nature, empty rooms, animals, those sorts of things.
Stock nature photos are wonderful, but Little Visuals also offers stock technology photos and industrial photos. You’d be surprised at what these photos can evoke in your website visitors.
Unsplash.com is very similar to Little Visuals in that they both focus on panoramic, emotional photos. Signing up for this service gets you ten beautiful stock photos every ten days. Much like the other subscription services, the photos arrive in a .zip file. You are free to use them however you like with no strings attached.
The stock photos you receive from Unsplash tend to be more dynamic than the photos from Little Visuals. There is more movement and activity in these photos. Unsplash’s photos often evoke feelings of excitement, wonder and mystery.
General Stock Photos
Everyone knows that Google has its fair share of Easter eggs (try googling “Zerg Rush” to see what I mean). While many of these surprises are fun and humorous, many have tangible benefits for your business. Google offers a simple way to find free stock photos online if you are willing to change a few settings. The process is straightforward:
- Perform a basic Google search for your image keywords
- Click the gear icon in the top right corner
- Change the usage rights to “free to use, share or modify, even commercially”
- Save your settings and continue browsing
Google is the #1 website in the world, so take advantage of its amazing search capabilities. Modify your search parameters as you hunt for your free stock photos online, but remember: when you find a photo using this method, always double check the terms of usage on the website where the image is located, just to make sure it’s indeed free to use and modify for commercial purposes.
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