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Sourcing free stock images for your site

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Here we take an indepth look at particular topics of interest to beginner and established webstore owners.

Sourcing free stock images for your site

Julian James

Although it’s never been easier to create your own professional quality photos, stock photography can be a quick and effective option when you’re short on time or don’t have the resources at hand to set up that perfect shot.

Typically high-res and professionally retouched, stock images can be a solid standby for Homepage and About Us banners – not to mention a great go-to for jazzing up your blog posts.

Some sites charge top dollar for their images, but there are literally hundreds of thousands of free or bargain images out there. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look – and of being discerning.

Maybe you’re in the health or tech space. Or you’re all about travel and cars. Or you can’t get enough of pets and crafts. Whatever your niche, the following stock imagery sites will have what you’re after.d

Pexels
A huge range of free stock images for commercial use. You can even modify, copy and distribute the images on this site without having to pay or provide attribution. Head to the “categories” section under the search bar for an inspired intro to what’s on offer.

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Allthefreestock
Need images for commercial purposes? Use the filter option to narrow your search to images licenced for commercial use. This database brings back results from multiple stock photo sites, so pop in your search terms and browse away.

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Pixabay
This massive database of Creative Commons-licenced images lets you filter for photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and even videos – and has a feature letting you search by image size. Keep an eye out for the occasional Shutterstock-sponsored image, denoted by a watermark.

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Stockup
The name says it all. This platform searches thousands of free stock photos across 26 different websites, making it a cinch to stock up on images for those future blog posts.

PicJumbo
You’ll find a range of free images licenced for commercial use here – but the site will also try to upsell you with a monthly account option feature and banners that lead to paid-for stock image sites, so check before you click.

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Unsplash
Hand-picked and beautifully curated, this site takes the less is more approach, with ten high-quality landscape, travel and nature shots uploaded every ten days.

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Taking stock

Stock photography isn’t always the answer – we’ve all had a laugh at those cheesy “girl eating salad” images or the ubiquitous “hands holding a tree sapling” photos – but high quality, discerningly selected pictures can help enhance your brand, engage your customers, and add some flair to your latest blog post.

Take some time to check out the above sites, and you’ll find plenty of great image options that you can add to your site.

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