Images, like texts, tell a story. And combined, they bring your story to life and keep readers hooked on your content.
One of the best ways to find footage is, of course, to take it yourself with a high definition camera, making sure to capture the right angles that will help tell your story.
However, if you’re not a great photographer like me, the Internet should be your second and best choice. Although it seems like the quickest and easiest option, getting free images from the internet might not be the cheapest idea – it can cost you a fortune.
Why is it expensive to use free images online?
The answer is simple: you are not the owner and using what you do not own constitutes offense. Most free images online belong to the person who created them. These creators own the copyright to their images.
Different types of images come with varying restrictions. Below are common forms you will find online:
Rights Managed Images
These are images that are sold or paid for online and there are usually restrictions on how you can use them. One of the best choices for right-hand managed services is Getty pictures.
Royalty Free Images
These images are also paid for before you can use them, but you can use them with fewer restrictions and as many times as you want without paying additional royalties provided you meet the terms. The best examples of sites to get royalty-free images are Shutterstock, Adobe action, Getty Images etc
Creative Commons Images
It’s a good place to start looking online for images you can use. Creative Commons licenses are used to enable the free distribution of copyrighted works, but with terms and conditions that you must religiously follow.
Royalty Free Images
I would say these are the most innocuous images to use. They are not protected by copyright. Also, you need to make sure to properly credit the source as shown in the images in this article.
Where can I find free stock photos?
Here are 5 great websites for finding high-quality, royalty-free images:
Pexels is my go-to site for free photos and videos, maybe because it was the first free stock photo site I discovered. With its very precise and simple Licenceit clearly states what you can and cannot do with the images on the site.
I just discovered Unsplash and I love this site. With its irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide copyright Licenceyou can download, copy, modify, distribute, perform and use photos from Unsplash for free.
If I can’t find the photos I want on Pexels, Pixabay usually comes to the rescue. With over a million high-quality free images and videos, it’s a great alternative to Pexels. But don’t forget to read the very detailed Licence.
For personal or commercial use, all images on this site are under CC0 license and are completely free! Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licenses mean you can use the images without asking permission or giving credit to the artist. But it will be appreciated if you do.
Just like Negative Space, ISO Republic provides thousands of free high-resolution CC0 photos and videos, all free for personal and commercial use.
Now you can knock yourself out using beautiful images that will bring your content to life and also make safe choices online without breaking the law!
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