Tired of paying for cheesy stock photos? Or perhaps you just go on google images and search images to use. You may get away with this, but it is illegal to use images without the correct copyright permissions. Luckily there plenty of website with high quality stock images that licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license. This means the pictures are completely free to use for any legal purpose. This means they can be used for both personal and commercial use. These images can be used on a website, blog, social media posts, and even printed items like books and posters all without the need to ask for permission or having links to the source.
Pexels.com is usually the first place I look for free stock photos. They currently have over 30,000 high resolution photos and every month they add at least 3,000 more. All images are licensed under CCO, high quality and searchable.
Pixabay.com is another website I visitor regularly, all images are released free of copyrights under creative commons CCO. You can download, modify, distribute and use them royalty free for anything you like, even commercially. As a bonus they also have vector graphics and videos.
Unsplash.com is another great website for free high-resolution photos. All photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer.
Picjumbo.com was created by Viktor Hanacek from the Czech Republic. He gives away his photos for free on picjumbo, although there are some premium pictures. Viktor takes all the photos himself ensure there is no copyright issues. The photo’s can be used for any use apart from redistribution.
Stocksnap.io shares nothing but high-quality, high-resolution beautiful free stock pictures. All photos are released under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) and do not require any attribution. Stocksnap curate the best free stock photos from around the web and also upload photos from select photographers in their network.
Gratisography.com has hundred of free high-resolution pictures that can be used for personal and commercial projects. All photos are taken by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions. New awesome pictures are added weekly.
Raumrot.com has over one thousand free handpicked and curated stock photos for your commercial and personal work. All images published on Raumrot are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic – CC by 2.0, meaning you must attribute the creator Markus Spiske / raumrot.com whenever you use the images.
Splitshire.com was created two years ago with the aim to give live to photographs taken over 10 years. The photos can be freely downloaded and used personally and commercially. The photos have been used on websites like The Huffington Post, CNN, book covers, magazines and thousands of websites and blogs.
Burst is a free stock photograph site by Shopify for entrepreneurs. All photos on the website are offered under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means they can be used for any purpose. As a bonus they have a business ideas section which you can check out if your stuck for ideas for a online business.
10. Google Images
I know I said at the beginning that you could have copyright problems with images from Google, but there is a way to use Google Images to find royalty free images. Firstly, search for images like usually, and then click on Settings and Advanced Settings from the dropdown. Find usage rights and from the dropdown list select ‘free to use or share, even commercially’. Now you will be shown images that you can use for personal or commercial use. To be safe visit the page of the image to check the usage rights, some may require attribution.