There's no denying that visual content is at the center of marketing and sales. Whether you're a graphic designer, marketer or sales rep, finding engaging photos and images to accompany your written or verbal messages can prove difficult. With nearly every image from the last thirty years protected by copyright, downloading images from online sources can be risky and unethical. It's easy to assume that images are public domain, but that's rarely the case, and even then, attribution may be required.
So how do you find fresh, high-quality images? Here are 10 free sources to help you create visually stimulating and impressive content.
Wikimedia Commons houses more than 21 million freely usable media files. Anyone can contribute to the site, so the offerings are broad and the site is very well organized.
Free Range Stock
With access to free, high-resolution stock photos like those posted on Free Range Stock, the free registration is worth your time.
With more than 350,000 free stock photos from over 30,000 different photographers, FreeImages offers more of a selection than other free photo sites, but the sign-up process is also a little more time consuming.
PicJumbo.com offers free photos for commercial and personal use, sorted into easy categories. However, the site lacks a search function so you may need to do a little digging to find exactly what you're looking for. If you're just browsing or willing to be flexible, this site may be perfect for you!
Media downloaded from FreeMediaGoo.com, another free photo site, can be used in print, film, TV, on the Internet or any other type of media. Selection is somewhat limited but the usage rights make this a place worth exploring.
This royalty-free gallery is a great resource for location-based photos since the galleries are sorted by geographic location. Most photos on BigFoto are contributed by amateur photographers, and no login is required for visitors to download images.
New Old Stock
New Old Stock features a collection of vintage photos from the public archives that are free of copyright restrictions. The site is a little difficult to navigate but the search feature allows users to specify what type of vintage photo they are looking for.
So HubSpot isn't a free stock photo site, but they do understand the need for good visual content in marketing. For this reason, they offer packages of free stock photos in exchange for your email address.
Gratisograpy offers modern photos that don't look or feel like generic stock photos. All photos are free of copyright restrictions and are available for high-resolution download.
Canva is not just a stock photo site, but a design resource for bloggers, marketers, and small business owners. Created for designers still learning the basics, or those who need fast, simple designs, Canva provides a clean, easy-to-use site with gorgeous, vibrant photos.
Here's to better (free) visual content!