Copyright infringement is not an option today when technology allows people to conduct thorough research in a short period of time. In other words, in case you download the first image found online on your website because you thought it was interesting, you can face legal consequences. So, does this mean that we have to pay to get photos for our websites? The short answer is no. While there are advantages of buying photos for a website, there are even more advantages of getting free stock photos. With so many free stock photo websites out there, it would be illogical to pay for photos before checking them. Our advice is to visit the most popular websites of this kind and see whether you can find something interesting. This is our short list of top websites dedicated to providing completely free stock photos.
We will start this list with one relatively old free stock photo website. EveryStockPhoto comes with a user-friendly interface and lets users check the most popular daily searches on the front page. The site will provide search results in the form of thumbnails. When you open a thumbnail, you will get more information like resolution, license type, author etc. In order to use this website, you will have to register. The registration process is free and easy.
Flickr has become one of the leading photo-sharing social networks in the last couple of years. This platform is home to millions of images. The truth is that most of these images are licensed, but there are many images with Creative Commons Zero licenses too. Flickr has free stock photos in literally any category. Check the licenses of every photo before downloading and using it.
This is another example of a website that is primarily focused on paid photos. But, just like Flickr, Dreamstime has some great free photos. Use the advanced search options to look only for free photos. Keep in mind that you will have to register and sign in if you want to use this website.
- IM Free
If you want to use completely free photos, you should give IM Free a try. This website is sharing free stock photos for both commercial and personal projects. In addition to the photos, you can also use IM Free to get free buttons, icons, and illustrations.
— Michael Embry (@MichaelEmbry) 6 de mayo de 2017