Get Free Stock Photos For Your Small Business Website
If you’re a small business owner looking to build or update a website with new graphics or imagery, you may be surprised at how difficult the task of obtaining good stock photos can be. Most of the free stuff out there is low-rez, uncreative, and hard to sort through. And professional stock photo sites can end up being expensive if you want high-rez versions of a photo.
Fortunately, there are a variety of websites that offer free stock photos that 1) are high-rez, 2) don’t require an account to download pics, and 3) don’t require attribution for use.
Here are 6 of those sites that offer free stock photos to use on your small business website.
picjumbo has a large selection of photos…just try to avoid the advertising links. The website search bar can be found in the upper right corner of the screen. Clicking on an image will take you to a page with a “FREE Download” link.
With almost a half million picture and photos, pixabay has a great variety of pics including animations, graphics and stock photos. Although the first few results will often be promotional for a paid site, everything after can easily be downloaded after entering a captcha.
Although Gratisography doesn’t have an enormous selection, the quality and variety make it worth browsing through. The creative photos on this site might not be usable in their entirety, but a portion or element found in these photos can be useful.
morgueFile has a great selection of photos that have a homegrown feel to them. Yes, some of the photos that turn up in the search results are downright weird, but it’s a great site if you want some unique photos that you won’t see on anyone else’s website.
Although Unsplash doesn’t have a vast portfolio, the photos that it does have are very professional, high-quality and artistic. This is another site where you may need to look at using a cropped version of photos to meet your needs. The generic yet artistic quality of these photos makes them perfect for using as background or header images. Note: Downloads aren’t automatic. Click on image or “Download” button to open in new tab, then right click to “Save as”.
Picography is similar to Unsplash in terms of artistic, high-quality photos (downloading works the same too). The Search function doesn’t work very well unless you use generic, single string search terms…i.e. don’t get specific. But it’s definitely worth checking out for pics to save a rainy day.
Building a website for a small business can often be done with the photos found and downloaded on these websites. When building a website, it is important to remember that you may only need a small (cropped) portion of a picture. You may also be able to work miracles by using a seemingly dull photo for a background or header image. And if an image looks too busy or doesn’t match the color scheme of your website, try converting it to black and white…it may end up accenting your site perfectly.
The websites listed, for the most part, offer photos under the license of Creative Commons Public Domain or Creative Commons zero (CCo), which means you can use the photos for private, personal or commercial use at no charge and with no attribution unless stipulated. Although a website or photographer may offer photos as CCo, they still may stipulate that the photos not be used for pornographic or criminal activity. They may also point out that the images may not be used in a stand-alone fashion, or presented as your own personal work. So as long as you are using CCo photos to improve/enhance/update a website…you’re fine. Since they often change, JoyRide Marketing encourages you to review each website’s Terms of Service before using any photographs obtained online. It is the sole responsibility of each individual to review the terms of a photographs license before downloading.