Image resources like photos, vectors, icons are usually restricted for use under certain license. This blog lists resources that share images for free for commercial and non-commercial purposes without the need for attribution. This kind of license is called Creative Commons CC0 – public domain dedication.

 

How much money can free photos save your business?

The industry average is about $10 per image when buying with credits. With monthly subscriptions, you can usually get little more images for your dollars, but you must commit to paying a monthly fee.

You can save thousands if you plan to use images in your brochures, blogs, on social media, catalog or other places. Save money on lawyers. With paid stock images, you need to consult a professional that understands licensing to choose which image license you should buy and what happens to it when you stop paying.

 

List of resources with free images for personal and commercial use:

 

Burst

Great library of photos of all categories, especially shopping and business. 

https://burst.shopify.com

SkitterPhoto

Private collection of few photographers, nice quality photos.

https://skitterphoto.com

LifeOfPix

Photos organized in Gallery by category and sort by the photographer. 

https://www.lifeofpix.com

StockSnap

Free images are mixed with sponsored licensed photos from shutterstock.com. Paid images contain a watermark, so you will not mix them easily. Tag-based category system and option to sort by trending.

https://stocksnap.io

Pixabay

Photos, vectors, illustrations, sortable by orientation, size, color, transparency, and category.

https://pixabay.com

MMT

Private collection shared with the online community.

https://mmtstock.com

Unsplash

Great collection sortable by category or collections.

https://unsplash.com

NegativeSpace

Photos organized by category.

https://negativespace.co

Freestocks

Smaller categorized collection of photos.

https://freestocks.org

Is it fair to use free images for commercial purposes?

Don’t feel guilty using someone else’s work for your personal or professional gain? Creative Commons CC0 license is a community license made for sharing. If you want to give back, it is easy. Make some useful photos your self and share them with the community on the websites mentioned above. Most of them allow authors to publish under the same licensing conditions.

Recommend and share more free image sites

Share a link in the comment section, please include only sources with unrestrictive licenses CC0 or license for free personal and commercial use. We will update this blog with every good suggestion.

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