It’s hard enough creating content without having to worry about finding the perfect image for your blog post, website, or presentations.
And the big question is always, “where do I find free high quality photos?”.
Ideally you don’t want to break any licences and have any watermarks spread across them. And you also want to have the flexibility of modifying them to your needs and use them for commercial purposes.
However you’re probably asking yourself whether it makes much sense to put so much effort into finding that perfect image to complement your content. According to the following data gathered by MDG Advertising the answer is: YES!
- 94% more total views on average are attracted by content containing appealing images than content without.
- 67% of consumers consider clear, detailed images to be very important and carry more weight than product information, full description, and customer ratings.
- 60% of consumers are more likely to consider or contact a business whose images appear in local search results.
- 37% increase in engagement is experienced when Facebook posts include photographs. This is consistent with research by Dan Zarrella of Hubspot.
- 14% increase in page views are seen when press releases contain a photograph. (They climb to 48% when both photographs and videos are included.)
Below you’ll find some fantastic sources for free high resolution images.
What started as a side project for the folks behind Crew, has now become the go-to place for designers, bloggers and developers searching for free high-resolution stock photos. Want to hear about the history of Unsplash? Check out their blog post: How Side Projects Saved Our Startup
2. Arthur Weill
Inspired by Unplash, Arthur Weill uses tags to help you find the perfect image.
Captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design, these high resolution picture are free of copyright restriction and can be used for personal and commercials projects.
4. IM Free
A nicely categorised collection of images where you’re guaranteed to find something for your next presentation.
Web designer Viktor Hanacek, created picjumbo when he struggled to find high quality photos for his project. Hanacek offers his own photos to download for free, where you’ll have a wide selection of full quality photos (mostly 3888px wide) to choose from.
If you’re on the hunt for some stunning nature shots, Folkert Gorter’s photography is worth checking out. Based in Los Angeles, Gorter lets you freely use his photos for any purpose as long as appropriate credit is provided.
Launched in 2001 as an alternative for expensive stock photography, freeimages has a collection of over 400k photos on their website.
With five high quality photos published daily and taken from trusted sources like Unplash and Gratisography – you’ll easily find a compelling to use. Pexel feature over 1300 photos, all of which can be used without attribution and for any legal purpose.
Built and run Paul Aikman, Armin Solecki and Grant MacLennan from Glasgow, Scotland – Frame is the perfect place to find images for your product mockups. All images are free to use for commercial purposes, unless stated otherwise by the author.
Another resource for product mockups is Placeit. The service is ideal for when you want to see your application in action. All you need to do is send a screenshot or URL of your app (or website) and Placeit creates device mockups for you.
11. Jay Mantri
Every Thursday designer Jay Mantri publishes seven stunning photos. All of which are available for download and can be used freely for personal and commercial purposes.
Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments which website is your favourite for high quality images.