Pexels – Free Photos, Free Images

Pexels is a free-to-use stock photo and image platform with a good choice of high quality images operating under the Creative Commons Licence.

The images on the Pexels site are offered in well thought out categories and can be used for almost any purpose, including commercial use, free of charge and with no need to attribute the image to the artist or photopgrapher – although I believe it’s a nice gesture if you do so.

Pexels Free Images

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Until I sarted to edit The Digital Marketing Directory I had no idea jusy how many sources of free images there are. OK, some of them are of dubious quality but if you are prepared to spend a little time and have a good look round you should be able to find free images, free from copyright and other legal issues, fairly easiliy.

To make the job easier for you we have compiled The Digital Marketing Directory listing of good quality free image libraries and Pexels is certainly one of the listings in that directory – rightly so.

Pexels claim to add 100 new images every day and I’ve no reason to disbelieve them. This is not the largest image library in the world, how could it be when competitors like Getty Images and Shutterstock have been in the image industry for years? The difference is, of course, cost. If you want to cherry pick from Shutterstock’s massive archives of sensational, often legendary, images you will need a fairly big budget. Most of us would love to do that but we know that it won’t work with a smaller budget so we seek low cost, or preferably free, alternatives.

That’s where Pexels and sites similar to it come in. I never cease to be surprised by the range and quality of images available for free on many free image sites. Yes, you sacrifice choice up to a point but there are some cracking images on these sites so please do take a look before shelling out hard cash to the big name photo and image libraries.

To add to the freebies there’s a Chrome extension for Pexels although I doubt whether many people will find it that useful.

There’s nothing to lose here, nothing to buy, so please give it a try and see what you think – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Find out more about Creative Commons Licence here.

 

Pexels

Where To Find It
https://www.pexels.com/
Product Type
Free image library
Paid/Free
Free
Free Trial Available
N/A
Price
Free

Plixs.com Stock Image Library

Plixs.com is a free image library with a good choice of high quality free images that you can use copyright free under a creative commons license.

Here’s another free to use image collection that many webmasters and others will find useful. The Plixs.com collection is simply but effectively catalogued and it’s easy and quick to find the images you are looking for.

There is a growing undercurrent of rumours and anecdotes that seem to confirm that more and more image and other content copyright owners are actively looking to find cases of copyright theft so whereas a few years ago you might have got away with “borrowing” the occasional image off another website without permossion, now there’s a good chance that you won’t.

As we said in the header, as far as Plixs.com is concerned, these images are royalty free so there’s no charge for using them although they do suggest that you contact the image owner if you are unsure. If you plan to use the images commercially I would certainly recommend that you do this.

There’s a limited range of categories but many people will find what they want ion the Plixs.com collection.

Plixs.com image categories

As with all such services, it may be a case of looking around at several free image sites before you find the image you require or like. If you can’t find it on a free image site then you may have to resort to a paid service like Shutterstock or DepositPhotos where the choice will be much wider but  image costs can be considerable. There aren’t many images on Plixs.com but is is certainly one to have on your list of free image sites to check before you resort to buying images.

Check it out, see what you think and also take a look at all the other free and paid image sites in the Digital Marketing Directory.

 

 

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Plixs.com

Where To Find It
https://plixs.com
Product Type
Free Images Platform
Paid/Free
Free
Free Trial Available
N/A
Price
Free

Skitterphoto – Free Images For Any Purpose

Skitterphoto is a free to use image library with a great selection of royalty free images, even for commercial use.

Skitterphoto Free Image Library

High quality images for free from Skitterphoto

The Skitterphoto website was launched in 2014 by a pair of talented amateur photographers from Groningen and Drenthe in The Netherlands. They continued to work at their “day” jobs whilst launching the site, with their own images, in their spare time. The founders decided to make their pictures available online on their own website because good quality free photos are hard to find and they had a good selection of their own to offer.

Soon afterwards they saw their photographs popping up on websites all over the world and this motivated them to do more and create better pictures. After around two and a half years they opened up the website to enable other photographers to upload photos as well.

That’s a cool story and it’s a cool website with some glorious high definition images. The owners describe the content as “public domain” and seem perfectly happy for their images to be used for whatever purpose you require. Go fo it.

There isn’t much around for free that is anywhere near this kind of quality and I’d be proud to have just about any of the Skitterphoto images on any of my websites.

I’m not saying that paying for images is a bad thing. Sometimes we have to do that in order to get exactly what we need for a specific project but oftentimes services like Skitterphoto come up trumps and save us some real cash – thanks guys. The choice is not massive compared to the Shutterstocks and Getty Images of this world but those sites really know how to charge and are out of the reach for many website owners.

We recommend that you add Skitterphoto to your list of freebie image sites – its one of the better ones out there!

 

 

Skitterphoto

Where To Find It
https://skitterphoto.com/
Product Type
Royalty free image library
Paid/Free
Free
Free Trial Available
N/A
Price
Free

Pixabay – Free Image Library

One of the best known sources for free images – Pixabay – is a real asset to web masters and other creatives in that its contents are released under Creative Commons CC0. This means that it is completely safe to use their images without any need to ask for permission or pay any royalties. There is also no need to give credit to the photographer or artist, even if you are using them for commercial purposes, although it would be the polite thing to do.

Pixabay Free Images

Pixabay is easy to use with a simple search facility.

In addition to a really excellent selection of photographs, there are vector images and videos as well. If you are an artist or photographer yourself you can easily join and become a Pixabay contributor – a great way to get your name out there and gain some awareness for the work you do.

Pixabay images are organised into simple categories that may take a bit of navigating in order to find what you are looking for but, hey, it’s free so there’s nothing to complain about there.

Pixabay Image Categories

You’re probably thinking that all of this is too good to be true, and that’s understandable. After all, how can anyone afford to run such a service for free?

Good Question. The answer is that Pixabay do include some images that are “sponsored” from Shutterstock – probably the market leader in online paid image libraries, or certainly one of them – so if youwant one of those images there will be a fee. It’s easy to avoid those images however, they are clearly marked.

You can use the images wherever you need them, including Social Media. It’s a treasure trove and well worth checking out.

As we said, Pixabay is free and we all need images from time to time so why not sign up for an account today?

Pixabay

Where To Find It
https://pixabay.com
Product Type
Image Library
Paid/Free
Free
Free Trial Available
N/A
Price
Free

Flickr – Free images for your website

Flickr is a very popular site for finding royalty-free images and boasts of having over 13 billion photos in its library and a community of over 120 million users.

That’s a lot of photographs, and a lot of people!

Well I, for one, have no reason to doubt the good people at Flickr, and even if the above are rough estimates one thing is for sure – they sure do have a lot of images! Here’s one I found, by a photographer called Zolakoma, which I really like. Here’s the link if you want to see more of this photographer’s work: https://flic.kr/p/ag4sP7

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Flickr is owned by Yahoo and in order to use it you have yo sign up for a (free) Yahoo account. That’s all easy to do and well worth the effort because there really are a lot of very good images in there. However, if I have my super-critical hat on, there is a lot of not-so-good stuff in there too but try to bear in mind – it’s FREE.

Don’t expect a Shutterstock-like selection of top-quality artwork and images, Flickr is really all about photographs that have been submitted by its community and who do not get, or expect, and remuneration. Some of them are very good and the search facilities are very useful in finding what you want. For anyone that needs a lot of images for their blog or website, Flickr images could save you a lot of money.

You can download the images you want, for free, and use them, for free – what more could you need? If you do use Flickr images on a website, Flickr ask that you post a link back to them plus an acknowledgement of where the image is taken from, all of which is fair and reasonable.

There is a Pro version of Flickr, priced at just $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year, which gives you a few extra goodies but does not change the availability of the images that you need.

All in all, Flickr images are a welcome alternative to the library images you get from the other, paid for and often quite expensive, image libraries – why not give it a shot?

Flickr

Where To Find It
https://www.flickr.com
Product Type
Image library
Paid/Free
Paid/Free, Various Options
Free Trial Available
Yes – its always free
Price
Pro version $5.99/month.