Whether new to blogging or a seasoned vet, bloggers are always in search of images to use with their posts. Images on the internet number in the billions, but each one belongs to someone so we cannot just help ourselves and use them without permission.

There are numerous sources for purchasing images, but what about that blogger’s budget? This is where some free resources can come in handy.

Below I have listed some resources where you can legally find images. Everyone knows about the big boys like iStock, Creative Commons and others, so I set out to find some lesser known sites to highlight.

Let’s start with these 10 stock image sites;

Public Domain Photos – This site boast 5000 photos that are in the public domain and listed in a variety of categories. They are free to use for any purpose and I found some really great stuff there, just be sure there are no visible trademarks on your selections and that you extend the courtesy of attribution.

Free Stock Photos – I found the photos here listed by category with links and descriptions below each. Most links lead back to Dreamstime’s free categories, where I am a contributor.

Photo RackThe layout of categories here was nicely done. You can see how many photos are in each one and the description section contains links to quickly land you on your choices. Most images here will have the watermarks removed when you download them.

Free Pixels Nearly 4000 images in 40 categories.

Free Digital Photos – After selecting your image you will find the download button for “medium” sizes in the right sidebar. Larger sizes of the same image have a fee. For blogging, the medium sizes are all you will need.

Turbo PhotoThere are only 10 categories on this site, but they have some really nice high resolution images.

Free Image FilesI found more than 1100 images here that you can browse through.

PD PhotoThousands more public domain images from all over the United States.

Free Large PhotosMore than 3000 images in a variety of categories.

The 10 sites above can provide thousands of free images for you usage. Search them when in need and remember to give credit where credit is due.

Keep Blogging!

Image courtesy of  Free Image Files.

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38 Responses to Free Stock Images For Bloggers and Web Designers

  1. Karen says:

    These are great, Jimi!

    I currently buy photos from istockphoto.com but have been looking for some quality free sites to check out. Flickr is okay, but it’s so big and doesn’t always have what I’m looking for. It’s great to have a resource like this that lists several free sites for me to check out.

    Thanks,
    Karen
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Major Benchmark Today – My 100th Post =-.

  2. Karen says:

    These are great, Jimi!

    I currently buy photos from istockphoto.com but have been looking for some quality free sites to check out. Flickr is okay, but it’s so big and doesn’t always have what I’m looking for. It’s great to have a resource like this that lists several free sites for me to check out.

    Thanks,
    Karen
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Major Benchmark Today – My 100th Post =-.

  3. Hi Jimi, most of these are new to me, so thanks for the links. I like the one you picked for this post. I’m heading over to that site now.
    .-= Ileane @ Ms. Ileane’s Blog´s last blog ..FeedBurner FeedFlare Now Posts To Google Buzz =-.

  4. Hi Jimi, most of these are new to me, so thanks for the links. I like the one you picked for this post. I’m heading over to that site now.
    .-= Ileane @ Ms. Ileane’s Blog´s last blog ..FeedBurner FeedFlare Now Posts To Google Buzz =-.

  5. Kevin Tea says:

    You’ve come up trumps again Jimi, invaluable list of resources. I never knew you could get so many images of cheese. Pain they have nothing to do with cloud computing, maybe I should start a cheese blog :-)
    .-= Kevin Tea´s last blog ..12 Great Cloud Apps To Make Your Business More Productive =-.

  6. Kevin Tea says:

    You’ve come up trumps again Jimi, invaluable list of resources. I never knew you could get so many images of cheese. Pain they have nothing to do with cloud computing, maybe I should start a cheese blog :-)
    .-= Kevin Tea´s last blog ..12 Great Cloud Apps To Make Your Business More Productive =-.

  7. Great list and wonderful resources here Jimi

    I’d like to add to your list if I may FreeFoto
    .-= Robert Bravery´s last blog ..How do you manage criticism on your blog? =-.

  8. Great list and wonderful resources here Jimi

    I’d like to add to your list if I may FreeFoto
    .-= Robert Bravery´s last blog ..How do you manage criticism on your blog? =-.

  9. They say the way to success is the power of giving.
    You have given a great lot of resources in this post and I wish you great success!

    Many thanks,
    Steve
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  10. They say the way to success is the power of giving.
    You have given a great lot of resources in this post and I wish you great success!

    Many thanks,
    Steve
    .-= Stephen Lodge´s last blog ..8 – Useful SEO Tactics Part Deux – Intermediate! =-.

  11. Mike CJ says:

    Great list there Jimi – thanks. I’ve been using Free Digital Photos for some time now, but it’s good to have a choice. I really need to get into the habit of taking photos while I’m out and about, as I’m sure I could get plenty of good stuff.
    .-= Mike CJ´s last blog ..Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes =-.

    • Jimi Jones says:

      You’re right, Mike.
      Take some photos while out moving around. Don’t wait on something to catch your eye, just shoot some images of anything.

      I keep a camera in my vehicle, often times shooting what seems to be uninteresting objects. They always look so much more interesting when you see them later and it’s a great way to build a library of images.
      .-= Jimi Jones´s last blog ..Free Stock Images For Bloggers and Web Designers =-.

  12. Mike CJ says:

    Great list there Jimi – thanks. I’ve been using Free Digital Photos for some time now, but it’s good to have a choice. I really need to get into the habit of taking photos while I’m out and about, as I’m sure I could get plenty of good stuff.
    .-= Mike CJ´s last blog ..Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes =-.

    • Jimi Jones says:

      You’re right, Mike.
      Take some photos while out moving around. Don’t wait on something to catch your eye, just shoot some images of anything.

      I keep a camera in my vehicle, often times shooting what seems to be uninteresting objects. They always look so much more interesting when you see them later and it’s a great way to build a library of images.
      .-= Jimi Jones´s last blog ..Free Stock Images For Bloggers and Web Designers =-.

  13. My favorites are sxc.hu and photoxpress.com. Looks like I have some more to check out and add to the list!!! Most of these names look new to me. Thanks, Jimi!
    .-= Erica Mueller´s last blog ..Working Weekend =-.

  14. My favorites are sxc.hu and photoxpress.com. Looks like I have some more to check out and add to the list!!! Most of these names look new to me. Thanks, Jimi!
    .-= Erica Mueller´s last blog ..Working Weekend =-.

  15. Graham says:

    I have looked at freedigitalphotos.net and even used them on occasion, but what I don’t like is that not all photos have an attribution to a photographer. So although I have to link back for free usage, I can’t name the photographer and don’t really know where the photo came from.

    iStockPhotos on the other hand may cost 1-2 credits for the smallest size photo, but they are a lot stricter on their photographers – requiring model and building media release forms to be signed and even offer cover of legal costs (up to a limit) if someone tries to sue you for using the photo later.
    .-= Graham´s last blog ..Public Holidays 1 =-.

  16. Graham says:

    I have looked at freedigitalphotos.net and even used them on occasion, but what I don’t like is that not all photos have an attribution to a photographer. So although I have to link back for free usage, I can’t name the photographer and don’t really know where the photo came from.

    iStockPhotos on the other hand may cost 1-2 credits for the smallest size photo, but they are a lot stricter on their photographers – requiring model and building media release forms to be signed and even offer cover of legal costs (up to a limit) if someone tries to sue you for using the photo later.
    .-= Graham´s last blog ..Public Holidays 1 =-.

  17. Great list here Jimi, I really must explore some of them in the future.
    Need to find an alternative as Istock tends to be pricey at times.

  18. Great list here Jimi, I really must explore some of them in the future.
    Need to find an alternative as Istock tends to be pricey at times.

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