Finding high quality and free images for your blog is always on the minds of top bloggers and site owners. However, when you throw in the costs of image licensing and legal issues... many bloggers will give up and just use crummy clip art and stock photos everyone already has seen a thousand times over.
Don't fret my fellow bloggers... there is hope!
In addition to the plenty of sites out there that charges insane prices for their photos and licensing, there are also many sites that offer free images for use as well. All you need to do to use these images, is know where to look and also give them proper credit on your site. If you would like to use royalty free images, we also recommend taking a look at our BigStockPhoto vs. DepositPhotos post.
Below you will find eight of our favorite sites and directories for finding high quality free images to blend with your blog content.
Unsplash offers free (do whatever you want) high-resolution stock photos to their audience. Download 10 new free stock photos every 10 days.
Super Famous Studios
Superfamous is the Los Angeles-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter. Images found on this site are available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, which means you can use the images for whatever you like as long as they are properly credited.
Public Domain Archive
Public Domain Archive offers new 100% free stock photos every single week. These images can be used for web sites, blogs, ads, video and more... and images are public domain images.
Pixabay currently offers over 320,000 free photos, vectors and art illustrations for use under the Creative Commons Attribution license. You can also share your own images and contribute to their growing directory of public domain images.
Picjumbo has a massive collections of totally free photos for commercial and personal works. Through their easy to use navigatin and site browsing, you can search for images based on category, photo type, vectors and videos.
MorgueFile is a great source for high resolution stock photos that can be used for illustration, site content or any design needs you can think of. All of the images on the site are completely free to use -- no matter if you are a designer, illustrator or have no concept of art at all!
Gratisography has an amazing portfolio of free high-resolution pictures for personal and commercial projects. All pictures featured on the site were captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design. Simply click on the image of your choice, download it to your computer and credit it wherever used.
FreeImages.com is the leading source for site owner and designer backgrounds, images and photo collections. Create a free membership and gain access to their over 400,000 image database.
The next time you create a killer blog article and need to make it perfect with a special header image or featured thumbnail, look no further than the recommended free image directories listed above.
Special thanks to DreamMachine.agency for creating this original list on their site. They threw the list together and we made it pretty. 🙂