In our social media driven culture, one of the most crucial parts of your digital marketing strategies is to have good photos that catch the eye. But not everyone is a photographer with his or her own personal images or a designer that can whip up something quickly in Photoshop. So, most businesses tend to turn to the trusty stock photo. But trying to find a quality stock photo can present issues of its own – like needing to pay to remove watermarks. What are some of the best free stock photo sites on the web? We’ve got you covered.
Reshot has a huge library of awesome of stock photos that are perfect for startups and freelancers looking to attract a younger crowd. Reshot photos can be used commercially or otherwise without restriction.
Death to Stock
When Death to Stock’s founders and photographers Allie and David noticed the lack of high quality stock photos available to freelancers, start ups and social savvy businesses, they stepped in a did something about it. All you have to do is enter your email address and you’ll receive a batch of usable and beautiful photos every month.
Freerange employs several talented photographers in-house, but also offers a wealth of free stock images that are submitted from outside contributors. Freerange’s about us section is rather specific in saying how the high-res images are either shot ‘digitally on Canon DSLR cameras or they are a high resolution (4000 dpi) Nikon scan of an original 35mm slide’.
If you know anything about TEPSBest, you know how passionate we are about food. Being Foodies ourselves, we love the high-res images of tasty edibles on Foodies Feed. The site is basically a food blogger’s dream come true.
Unsplash makes this list simply because they are so awesome and unique. “Business person laughs at a meeting” is as boring as it sounds, and way too many social accounts share these stock photos. Every ten days, the site releases ten fresh photos that visitors have every right to do with what they please, and the images fall under creative commons.
Pay Attention to Licenses
A lot of these sites feature images or photographs that are completely free from copyright restrictions or are licensed under creative commons public domain. With these images, you can modify and distribute them without the need for permission – even for commercial reasons.
With that in mind, some of these image sites will require you to attribute the work. Before sharing anything on social media, your blog or website, be sure to double-check the licensing restrictions on images that are not your own.
While stock photos are great, don’t get caught in the “freeness” of the beautiful images. At TEPSBEST, we believe that the best way to make a statement is utilizing your own photography. But, most business savvy owners and entrepreneurs do not know where to begin – that’s where we come into play. We are equipped with professional photographers who are ready to capture what makes you different from the guy next door. Give us a call at 570-476-4000 and dial 7 or schedule a free consultation here!