A picture can say a thousand words but only the right picture can help one achieve that. Finding such a picture – which not only is relevant to what you say in the article but is also legally free to use – can be a real hassle sometimes. Ask any blogger or even a professional writer and they will attest to this.
Thanks to the internet there are some ways of finding photos that are just not relevant to what you are posting but are completely free and legal to use. Don’t believe us? Well, take a look at some of the options of stock photos repositories that can help you find just the photo that you are looking for.
Google Advanced Image Search
Google is perhaps the best search engine whether you are looking for images or anything else. But the caveat here is that, by default, Google will show you the images from all sources without telling you whether you can legally reuse them or not. However, if you look closely under Search Tools and Usage Rights you can actually check the kind of photos that you want to show up. The options include things like “Labelled for reuse with modification” and “Labelled for noncommercial reuse with modification” etc. This can be quite handy if you want to leverage Google’s exceptional searching skills while still getting free and legal images to use.
Do you like Wikipedia? Then you are going to love this: Wikimedia Commons is the media wing of Wikipedia that houses thousands of photos which are all legal to reuse without any restrictions. Although, there are a ton of photos on this service, you might have to look quite hard in order to make sure that you find what you are looking for.
Pixabay.com is another service which provides free, high quality images to its users. There are over 470,000 pictures which include not only images but also vectors and art illustrations which you can use too. The only bad thing about this service is that it doesn’t provide hotlinking capability. What that means that you will have to download the image first and then upload it on the server which is hosting your website. It’s kind of a bummer but all the top notch images present on this website can make up for it.
Flickr Creative Commons
Need a Google like service that searches other stock image websites? Then EveryStockPhoto.com is the service for you. It can help you search several websites at once which means more and better result. A word of caution though: it doesn’t filter offensive images by default so you need to be careful when you are using it.
If you are looking for a excellent photos of landscapes and other natural beauty then there is no better option than FreeStockPhotos.com. It offers a plethora of mesmerizing pictures of nature and in addition to that, it also links to several other stock photos websites.
If you are after space photos then where better to look for them than NASA’s website. NASA makes all the images that it has captured available to the public so that you can use them without worrying about anything.