Where can I get free pictures and images?

Images make websites more interesting and more appealing. As Carl Sagan would say, there’s billions and billions of them. And they’re easy to extract and use on YOUR website.  Bad idea.  Using others’ pictures can get you into trouble.  Fortunately, there are a bunch of sites that have images that are free for the taking.  Public domain, expired copyrights, free for personal use (but not commercial), free for anyone to use (including commercial), etc..  Some images require attrition, others don’t. Bottom line: When you extract “free” images, make sure they are free for YOUR purposes.  That said, there a multitude of sites to get free images. Some require you to sign up, others don’t.  Some sites say “free images, just give us your email address”.  As soon as you give ’em your email address, they present you with a price list. I have a special address that I use for signing-up.  I use the special email address and get the confirmation. Otherwise I don’t monitor my special email address. Remember, when you give them your email address, you are saying “in exchange for free pictures I agree to accept all the spam you and your business partners will ever want to send me”.

So here are the picture sites.  Don’t forget to read the fine print before you use any of the pictures.

Start with Google Images advanced search – you can choose appropriate usage rights

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Where can I find free public domain images and pictures?


Individual sites (some have free and paid images):

This is a good site. It has a sign-up option but no sign-up is required if you’re willing to put up with a captcha when you download: https://pixabay.com/

This has an option to sign up for a newsletter, but it’s not required: https://picjumbo.com/




Flickr is a good resource


Fair resources for photos

Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. http://absfreepic.com/


Images are pretty good but needs signup:


I received emails from other webmasters with links to their free images articles:





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