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Free Stock Photos for Designers and Bloggers

If you're non-photographers, I know for sure that you, designers or bloggers, are in need of free images for your websites, brochures or blogs most of the time. I understand it perfectly as I am not a photographer either. This means we hate having to look for images uploaded by other photographers.

In this post, I will share with you some good sources for free stock photos. You can use them in whatever format you like; but remember that you should be careful in regard to copyright laws when you choose images. According to the Berne Convention, a photo is copyrighted from the moment it is taken. When the photo is uploaded onto a website and you happen to fall in love with it, then want to use it in your own product, you must cite the photographer’s name and the source.

Here are a few good free stock photos that I've collected. These free image sources usually cooperate with commercial image sites as advertising channels. That's why there are some fee-required images inserted in free image sites at times. You need pay attention to this in order to avoid being directed to somewhere else. No worries,in this article I will advise you of the sources that partner-up with commercial image sites.

If you're non-photographers, I know for sure that you, designers or bloggers, are in need of free images for your websites, brochures or blogs most of the time. I understand it perfectly as I am not a photographer either. This means we hate having to look for images uploaded by other photographers.

In this post, I will share with you some good sources for free stock photos. You can use them in whatever format you like; but remember that you should be careful in regard to copyright laws when you choose images. According to the Berne Convention, a photo is copyrighted from the moment it is taken. When the photo is uploaded onto a website and you happen to fall in love with it, then want to use it in your own product, you must cite the photographer’s name and the source.

Here are a few good free stock photos that I've collected. These free image sources usually cooperate with commercial image sites as advertising channels. That's why there are some fee-required images inserted in free image sites at times. You need pay attention to this in order to avoid being directed to somewhere else. No worries,in this article I will advise you of the sources that partner-up with commercial image sites.

Flickr flickr

Flickr sounds familiar to you, doesn't it? This is a good starting for you to search for images via its Advanced Search. From here, you can filter your searching and safely find reusable photos. You might want photos under Creative Commons license or commercial photos to get better quality, just click on the boxes.

Comfight image store is a good way to help you look for images on Flickr effectively. Clicking on "show me what Comfight can do" right underneath the Search bar and you will see the pictures as well as a Search selectors on the right sidebar. The image you select will be directed to Flickr website.

Stock.XCHNG Stock.XCHNG

StockXCHNG (SXC.hu) contains more than 350,000 photos from 30,000 photographers mainly from the US. When you click to see an image in detail, there will be a "View image license" link below the image with information about its copyright. You should read the license before deciding how to use the image. When you search for free photos on Stock.XCHNG, they will also suggest you source from iStockPhoto on the first line of the search result. iStock only provides premium photos.

When you search for free photos on Stock.XCHNG, they will also suggest you source from iStockPhoto on the first line of the search result. iStock only provides premium photos.

Photobucket Photobucket

Just like Flickr, Photobucket is popular for the photo community. There is a great pool of photos for you to choose on this source. It is also easy to search by category right on the homepage. All images on Photobucket are "non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, worldwide". You can do anything you want with the images. Please refer to the Terms of Use to get more information about the license.

Open Photos Open Photos

Openphoto images are contributed under a Creative Commons license, normally Attribution-ShareAlike. You can register and download the photo for free; don’t forget to pay attention to the required attribution information marked on every photo.

Notice that some images on the first line of the search results will lead to Dreamtime, where you have to pay a little for each image.

StockvaultStockvault

Stockvault possesses a lot of good photos that are free of charge. In my opinion, this is one of the best sources that offer really good free images. There are some basic agreements for end-users that you should take a look at before downloading any image on Stockvault. If you are satisfied with the images, you can "support/donate" the authors of Stockvault.

Like Open Photos, the first line of your search result will direct you to Dreamtime website which is not free.

Free ImagesFree Images

Just one thing to remember when you head for Freeimages: If you want to use images from the site, you are required to give a credit link back to the website. This is part of Freeimages’ survival strategy in order to be able to continue supplying images for free. Also, please look through the image use license of Freeimages before you use their photos.

morgueFile morgueFile

Smart categorization, quick selection and easy downloading are three most impressive features of morgueFile. Besides, you can also find a lot of good images on the site without doing any attribution. The morgueFile Free License told you that.

Public Domain Photos

Public Domain Photos contains 5000 photos, 8000 clip-art images, all of which are free and of high-quality, especially landscape pictures. The images are “public domain” or “no known copyright restricted”. This means you have the right to use most of the photos uploaded on the website. However, please avoid images like logos or products because they are trademarked.

Freestock Photos Freestock Photos

With more than 10,000 photos, Freestock Photos is famous for its large source of good- quality images. The images are provided free of charge under different licenses such as Creative Commons, Public Domain and custom Agreements. You are required to abide by the image license and usage terms before downloading. The license info is listed right below each image.

Free Digital Photos Free Digital Photos

When you need to find free images for website illustrations or presentations, Free Digital Photos is a good option. They allow you to download free photos in small size, usually less than 400px. If you want to use the photos for designing or printing purposes, you have to purchase. Prices range from $3 to $10 depending on the size of the image.

Photo8 Photo8

The owner of Photo8 is a passionate photographer who is contributing really good images to the community. There are some terms and conditions that you should read before using the images. Basically, if you use an image free of charge, you have to submit a link back to photo8 and acknowledge photo8 as the source of that image. If you don’t want to submit a link, you have to pay $3 for every image.

Search Engines for Free Images

If you’re interested in Free Stock Photos, you should not miss this part – Search Engines for Free Images. Basically, these search engines will help you find free images on different free stock photos. Here is the list of search engines, let’s try it:

Just to sum up, all of the above sources provide images free of charge that you can use to illustrate your articles, brochures, websites or anything like that. As long as you acknowledge the photographer and source in each image used, you are complying with the copyright laws. No worries about violations.

I always search for free images on these sources and feel pleased with the search results. But I am talking from a blogger's perspective. To be honest, if you are a designer, I think you should also consider commercial sources like iStock, Dreamtime or Corbis. They offer you more professional photos at a reasonable price.

And now, I'd like to hear from you. Are you satisfied with these sources? Leave me some comments!

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