If you have a business website and particularly if you have a blog, you’re going to need images for that website. But where to get these images legally and without costing a fortune?
There are plenty of stock photography sites, some of which I highly recommend. Adobe Stock, Deposit Photos, Shutter Stock, iStock Photo are a few.
But these resources for royalty-free stock photos aren’t free and most aren’t even very cheap. So what do you do when you need good quality photos and video and simply don’t have a budget for it?
First, understand that you need to make certain you use only images and videos that are either in the public domain or have been licensed with a Creative Commons license specifically for commercial use. (I’ll talk more about Creative Commons tomorrow.)
High-Quality Free Images For Commercial Use
Below is a list of just some of the sites you can download images (and videos on a few) that are licensed for commercial use. Check each individual photo to find out its actual license and requirements for use.
- Death to Stock Photography
- Stock Snap
- Negative Space
- Life of Pix
- New Old Stock
- MMT Stock
- IM Free
- The Morgue File
- Free Images
- Public Domain Archive
- Wylio (a Creative Commons image finder)
High-Quality Video’s For Commercial Use
Below is a list some of the sites you can download videos that are licensed for commercial use. As with the photo sites above, please check each individual video to find out its actual license and requirements for use.