Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to find free stock photos suitable for your business? We did too a few days ago and there was a lot of not so free ones that we came across. This is why we decided to make your life easy and show you the top 7 free stock photo sites that actually provide great quality free images that you can use for your business needs.
🤔 You may ask why you would need to use stock images when you can just write and publish a simple post without an image, right? Well, yes, you can but we recommend you add a photo to your social media posts as well. Why? It’s simple – our human brains process images 60,000 times faster than text, so using a great image for your posts is essential for grabbing the attention of your audience. Doing this will also help you get your message across easily.
👉🏻 What we usually tend to see are the two most famous paid business stock photo sites – iStockphoto.com and Shutterstock.com. If you have the budget to afford the price for the images there, you can use them instead of the free stock photo site, but if you can grab a free image, why do you need to spend money? Shutterstock and iStockphoto have a huge image bank. The only other downside, apart from the hefty image prices, is that the images are a bit too “stocky” where we see incredibly smiley people with unnaturally white teeth.
So let’s dive into our top 7 free stock photo picks to help you and your business save time and money, but still get great quality stock images.
Unsplash’s image bank consists of over 350,000 beautiful, high-quality images from thousands of contributors. There are a few restraints in terms of the overall choice of images, compared to the paid options we mentioned above, but we are sure you will be able to find what you need for your business. Furthermore, there are new images added to the site every day.
Gratisography is quite a different platform. They claim to be the “world’s quirkiest collection of high-resolution free stock images.” Indeed, the collection is much different than all the other platforms we will be looking at today. Gratisography offers “images you just won’t find anywhere else” – if you are after making your content unique and quirky this is the place for you .
This free stock image provider has a huge database of great and high-quality images. It’s very business and marketing oriented. The site is a really good option, especially for content marketers and bloggers. Additionally, Pixabay also offers free vectors and illustrations.
Pexels is one of the most famous free stock image providers out there. They have quite a large and a very well-organized collection of free stock photos. It is one of the best curated on the internet. We did not start with it as we wanted to see whether you were wondering where they were. Did we succeed?
One more great point about Pexels, before we go to number 5 is that they also provide free stock videos! A lot of bloggers and marketers use Pexels for their content.
This site offers “over 400,000 free stock photos for commercial use”. It is a tad different than all of our 4 recommendations so far, as the images are not as professionally produced and looking as on the free stock image sites mentioned above.
Stockvault is another great option to get free stock photos. Better yet, you are also able to download free wallpapers and textures. The collection is not huge but there are daily new additions and they are all quite well-curated.
PicJumbo has quite an interesting story, beautiful free stock images and a growing photo community. It is becoming one of the major stock sites where marketers and content managers find inspiration and visuals for their topics.
This is it – our top 7 free stock images. We will keep you updated if anything else comes to our minds. 😊
❗ There is an important part for you to consider when using stock images – their usage rights ❗
Almost all images on the free stock sites we have introduced today have a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.
What is a CC0? 👇🏻
CC0 essentially means that you can adapt, copy or distribute the images you download without requiring their author’s consent. You can even use those for commercial purposes unless stated otherwise. Put into simple words – you can do whatever you want with your free stock images.
You can find out more about this on the Creative Commons website.
We now have the right images for your business, it’s time to start posting them online and getting your content out there. We are here to help so why not try our helpful 24Seven Social Publisher tool for free today and see how easy it is to stay on top of your social media content game.