Visual appearance plays a big part in getting your website, mobile applications, blogs, or other marketing materials ahead.
One of the elements that could create a noticeable design is photo.
But getting a good to great photos require efforts or cash.
Getting images from Google search is not an option. Those images are not copyright-free. They are either owned by an individual or a company. So, forget about it, you can’t use copyrighted photos. Period.
Another option is by taking your own photos using a digital camera or a mobile phone, but you certainly need to acquire some photography skill, beside time and energy.
If you are a photographer, then you’re good to go. But if you’re not, then you may consider paying for stock photos.
Though paid stock photos may become a solution to your needs, but it could turn out relatively expensive, moreover if you have small to no budget for that.
So, the question is, are there free images out there that you can use legitimately, without going against the copyright law?
Thank goodness there are.
Here I’m going to share free Creative Common 0 (CC0) photos which you can use for personal or commercial projects.
Despite being free, these sources provide excellent images as well. Many of them are professionally taken and also, eye-catching.
However, though you can use and modify most of the photos without special licensing restrictions, make sure to double check the term first before giving it a go.
- Barn Images
- Bucketlisty (attribution required – see licensing details)
- CreateHER Stock (email required)
- Creative Convex (email required)
- Creative Vix
- Death to the Stock Photo
- Designers Pics
- Foodie’s Feed
- Franken Fotos
- Good Stock Photos
- IM Free (attribution required – some photos have modification restrictions)
- ISO Republic
- Jay Mantri
- Life of Pix
- Lime Lane Photography (image modification is not allowed)
- Little Visuals (no longer updated)
- Negative Space
- New Old Stock
- OneLeft Media
- Photo Collections
- Public Domain Archive
- Rawpixel (email required)
- Snapwire Snaps
- Startup Stockphotos
- The Light Painter’s Loft
- The Stockpile
- Titania Foto
- Travel Coffee Book
Those are all I have for now. If you have other websites offering free CC0 photos, please let me know in the comment below. I’ll get it updated to the list.
Wahidin Wong is a digital marketer at Adkomu.com and an editor at Tobeeko.com. He is also a jazz and bossa lover.