Digital Marketing Tips • Website Design

How To Find Great (FREE) Photos & Graphics Online

Rebecca VanDenBerg

by | Jun 6, 2021

There are a ton of great free and paid resources around the web where you can find amazing photos and video clips! These are perfect for helping create visual elements to use on your website, email, social media posts, and other marketing materials. When you can’t take the perfect photo or video, it’s okay to look online for stock images.

PLEASE DO NOT USE IMAGES FROM GOOGLE SEARCHES

Do not search Google for an image and post it to your website without proper permission. You may think you can get away with it, but photographers regularly do reverse searches on Google for their images and will send you a bill for thousands of dollars for using their image without purchasing it or without permission.

surfing image search on Google

BEAUTIFUL FREE IMAGES SOURCES

It is always best practice to either create your own image, download from a copyright free source or purchase a high-quality stock photo.

Free doesn’t mean it’s crap either. Using the same search as above for “surfing,” I found several high-quality photos I can use for free.

surfing search on PEXELS

Here are my go-to sources for images and video when I can’t take my own.

Free Stock Photo Sources:

Pexels
Canva
Stocksnap
Unsplash** 
Creation Swap
Gratisography
1001 Free Downloads
Negativespace
PicJumbo
Freestocks.org
Pikwizard

**Note of Caution: Because there are bad people everywhere on the internet, be aware of the license agreement and keep good records when using these free images.

Paid Stock Photo Sources:

Adobe Stock
Shutterstock
Alamy

Stock Video Sources:

Pexels Video
X-Stock Video
Openfootage.net (paid but affordable)
Videezy (limited selection of featured free videos)
Mazwai
Coverr (7 free videos every week)

Stock Graphic Sources:

giphy
Pngtree
Open Clip Art
1001 Free Downloads
The Noun Project

 

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