One of the most difficult hurdles of blogging or creating visual content for your brand is finding high quality images that can be used to create great visuals. This was especially true when I first began blogging and starting my business, but fortunately, in recent years this has changed.
There are now several places to find free high quality stock photos to create stunning visual content. Here are my top three.
Pixabay is a service that offers free high quality images licensed under the Creative Commons Public Domain. Images may be edited and used throughout the web for both personal and commercial purposes, without permission or attribution.
Unsplash offers free high resolution images licensed under Creative Commons Zero. These images may also be edited and used throughout the web for both personal and commercial purposes, without permission or attribution. Images can be downloaded from their site, and if you sign up for a free membership, 10 images will be sent to you approximately every 10 days.
Death to the Stock Photo
Death to the Stock Photo offers both free and paid versions. A percentage of their membership fees fund creative projects, which I think is pretty cool. These high resolution image packages are sent directly via email once a month. They are licensed under the Photograph End User License, which is slightly more complex than the other Creative Commons Licenses, so you should read it. Essentially, you may reproduce the images and display them across the web, as long as it is not claimed as your own or claimed that Death to Stock is endorsing your brand. Images also must not be used in pornography, hate speech, etc.
For more information on creating amazing visual content, see the BlogHerU posts from January – just scroll down the page!