Monday, March 19, 2012

Best Websites To Download Royalty Free Photos

Blogs or websites that use photos are more captivating than sites that just use plain text. When a visitor lands on a web page with a combination of text and images he is more likely to read more and stick on the page for long time. That is why it is very important to incorporate photos in your posts.

Photos can be purchased from stock photo services such as shutterstock and istockphoto. Most people download photos from Google images assuming they are free but that is not the case, the images belong to someone else. If you’ve downloaded a photo or other image from another website into your own and you did not obtain permission from the owner, you could be held liable.

Websites To Download Royalty Free Photos.

The following websites provide a catalog of photos. You can download the photos for free and use them in your website. Some have conditions such as, require registration or demand you link back to the source of the image. Beware on the terms of use before you go, copy and paste.

Free Digital Photos has deep range of photos. The condition is you link back to the portfolio of the owner and reference the image source (the owner and the website itself). You can buy the images at a price of $3 and up if you don’t want to give credit.


IconsPedia has a variety of icons and provides the licensing up front – private use, commercial OK, creative commons, etc.

In terms of use, some require a link and reference to the source, some are just free for personal use.

Public Domain Images
They have free high quality photos. Public domain images are explicitly placed in the public domain. You can use all public domain images from this gallery for whatever you want, use it freely for personal and commercial use. No back link is required.

It is not a site but a wordpress photo plugin that gives users of wordpress the ability to upload free photos while they write their blog post. It analyzes your text to provide relevant photos and tells their licensing information up front. When an image is clicked, it’s added automatically with a caption referencing the source.

Do you have any other sites you’d like to share that offer free images licensed under GNU, creative commons, or are public domain? Suggestions are most welcome!


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