The old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words has never been more important in today’s digital world. Successful Business Owners and Non-profit Organizations know all too well the importance of imagery. Post on Facebook without an image or video and your post will be ignored. Create a blog without an image and you it most likely won’t get read. Forget about using Instagram as part of your marketing mix.
Images are used to quickly and easily create an emotional connection, peak interest and get our viewers to take a look at the copy we have written. Choosing the right image to attach to your social post, blog post, or use in a print or digital campaigns is the key to getting more eyeballs on you!
There are many sources for stock photography out there, that cover just about anything you can think of. Pretty much the only barrier to good stock photography is your ability to spend some time looking for it and, and in some cases, your budget.
The good news is, we’ve found 5 great sources for business owners and non-profit groups alike that provide high-quality FREE stock photos. After reading this post and checking out the links, you’ll have access to thousands of images to use for your social media posts, your website, your business cards, your flyers . . . your everything marketing related!
Unsplash is a great source for artsy and colourful images. With over 300,000+ photos for your next project and thousands more being added each day, chances are they have a photo for your next project. All of the images that are submitted and published on Unsplash fall under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means you can use the image for any personal or commercial use. You can also alter, copy and distribute the images without any credit to Unsplash or the photographer — although it’s always a nice gesture to give credit where credit is due.
Here are some great images we found using Unsplash:
Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.
Here are some great images we found using Pixaby:
StockSnap offers thousands of images in every category imaginable. All photos uploaded on StockSnap are released for free under Creative Commons – CC0 and do not require attribution. No more hassle trying to figure out whether you can use photos for commercial use and whether you need to provide attribution.
Here are some great images we found using StockSnap:
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos. With over 40,000 free stock photos and a promise to add at least 3,000 new images monthly, you’re sure to find the perfect images for your next blog, post, or marketing material. All images are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.
Here are some great images we found using Pexels:
Burst by Shopify
Burst is a resource from Shopify that provides free stock photos for entrepreneurs. All photos are licensed under Creative Commons CC0 and can be used as you see fit. Burst was launched to help entrepreneurs make better products, websites, and marketing campaigns. Most of the pictures are original photos that were taken in-house and are themed around trending business niches — everything from DIY beard oil to Aliexpress LED sneakers. You can also find more general photographs as well.
Here are some great images we found using Burst: