by Amos Struck
Yes, I am going to tell you the 5 best free photo websites in this post.
However, you must first learn why it is necessary to use photos while developing a website or maybe for your marketing campaigns, building blogs, etc.
You must have heard this famous saying by Albert Einstein, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
It just never gets rusty because of its practical application. Imagine you are writing about the drought in Africa and want it to have maximum impact on your readers. What would you do? If it were up to me, I would search for a heart touching story.
Supposing, I am able to unearth the story of a single mother who travels several miles daily to get water for her children. Now, try comparing a piece of writing (narrating the story of that mother) with a picture of a woman carrying an infant and a water container in her arms, walking on barren land bare feet. Which would have more impact on the audience? You know the answer.
Because of the impact it has, the value of photos has increased. There are several sites where you can find premium quality images for any niche, including marketing, trade, technology, etc.
In this post, I’ll give you a list of 5 best free photo websites that you can use. Let’s dive right in!
Pexels is the most used free stock photo site, owing to the variety and quality of pictures available. It also provides free stock video clips, which can be used for various purposes like in a TVC.
Pexels offers a vast library of free photos and videos. Attribution is not compulsory, but giving credits to the photographer is always appreciated. You can find high definition images in almost every niche.
Pexels offers an unending variety of more than two million free stock photos (as of now). It really is justifiable that Pexels topped my list.
Pixabay is the second on my list, but there is one category where it surpasses Pexels.
Along with photos and videos, Pixabay also offers free vector illustration (Yes, with free-to-use vector source files).
Apart from this uniqueness, Pixabay also offers more about 1.7 million high resolution and free stock photos. They also have a quite decent and ample collection of videos.
Some experts rate Pixabay as the number 1 free photo site, and they might be right. I would say that both Pexels and Pixabay stand as equals.
With a library of over 1.5 million photos, Unsplash is the third most searched free stock photos’ website.
Unsplash has more than 50,000 contributors, and hundreds of photos get published on a daily basis. The part they lack is that Unsplash does not offer free stock videos like Pexels and Pixabay.
They offer only the best quality photos, and their stock is growing quite rapidly. You can use the images on Unsplash for free, without attribution.
Along with a huge library of stock photos, Pikwizard is really a wizard in the realm of stock photos.
The added option of basic editing and adding text overlays makes Pikwizard stand apart among many other free stock photo sites. Along with a basic free version, Oikwizard also has a fully loaded paid version.
It doesn’t have any video stocks and is solely targeted on stills. If you like to add texts and overlay filters on your stock photos, Pikwizard has just the magic you are looking for.
There are very few other sites like PikiWizard that give you multiple options to edit your pictures, so give it a shot.
RawPixel claims to have the most diverse collection of stock photos, and it is somewhat true.
So what makes it stand out?
It provides not only access to free HD photos but also vectors and “PSD Mockups.” PSD Mockups can come in so handy for your marketing and branding purposes. Moreover, the quality of the photos, vectors, and mockups is superior to other such sites.
RawPixel also has paid elements, but the best part is that whatever you pay to them (for acquiring a premium file), it all goes to the fund for the “Hope for Children” initiative.
This makes RawPixel an exceptional platform, apart from the fact that you can find the best quality stock photos on Raw Pixel.
Important Note on Licensing
Before you start using free stock photos, you must read their licensing clauses in order to use them safely.
The most common license used by free stock photo sites is the “Creative Commons Zero” represented mostly in the form of its abbreviation “CC0”. It is the license with the least restrictions and rules for using these stock photos. But is that all?
You should know about the risks attached to using these photos. Last year, there was a case where a photographer had to face legal consequences for using a photo from Unsplash.
Most sites do not really have the muscle and resources to verify the credibility of the source (from which the photo came from). In simpler words, they can not really check that every image is coming from its real owner; the one who holds the copyrights.
So, you should be careful to avoid any legal issues. Also, it is a good practice to have a clear understanding of the licensing details. If you are interested, you can take a look at this guide for safely using free stock photos.
About the author Amos Struck: WordPress and Photo Geek. Amos is a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. He is focused on providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors, and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. He is the founder and editor of Stock Photo Secrets, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. He created several software solutions in stock photography including WordPress plugins.
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