A picture can make the look of your blog, website or social media feed great. A picture can tell the whole story of your blog, that's why all top bloggers (New bloggers too) utilize picture to grab attention of their viewers and effectively convey their message in wide range.
Many top bloggers and websites uses paid image repository. In that case, they have paid for the rights to use the picture. Their rights and responsibilities are clear, no attribution is required.
If you are new in blogging industry and have decided choose the free Option (why wouldn't you?) - it can be quite a confusing option for you, like, How to get free images for your blog? Am I allowed to use the Image! What attribution is required, if required. In that case, You should know the copyright categories.
Here's a overview of the three main copyright categories:
Public Domain: The copyright for the images under this category has expired and these are free for personal or commercial use. Some sites are offering such photos, so if in doubt, consult the license agreement.
Royalty Free: It simply means, if you want to use images under this category, you'll need to pay fees to use the image.
Creative Commons (CC): It means, the owner of the images can choose how their images will be used by specifying a particular CC license. If you see CC0 License, the owner has relinquished all rights to his or her works ( “No Rights Reserved” ), while CC 2.0 license requires the user to provide attribution.
The CC0 license was released by the non-profit organization Creative Commons (CC). Get more information about Creative Commons images and the license on the official license page.
1. Pixabay :It has huge database of public domain (Creative Commons CC0) images. You may download, modify and use them royalty free, even in commercial applications and attribution is not required.
2. Pexels :All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.
3. Unsplash :
They release 10 new photos in every 10 days under the CC0 license.
4. Good Free Photos :You will find great location-base photos in this site under the CC0 license. Photos are taken by the owner of the site.
You will find vintage photographs which are now in public domain.
5. New Old Stock :
SplitShire is a huge collection of photographs by Daniel Nanescu released under CC0 license.
6. SplitShire :
7. Photogen :Images are under CC0 linces, redistribution of the image is strictly restricted.
8. Foodie's feed :Great spot for food bloggers. You can get free realistic food images. You just need to share on facebook to get the download link.
9. PhotoPin :PhotoPin helps bloggers find photos for their blog. It uses the Flickr API and searches creative commons photos.
10. Gratisography :Images of this site were photographed by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions.
Don't forget to check the terms & condition before using picture of any site. Now the next battle is to find great suitable image, which is up to your choice. All the best !