21 Free Photo image Libraries for bloggers


Don’t be tempted to think that just because it’s on the internet, it’s free photo  to re-use, or that people won’t notice, or that if they do notice, there’s nothing they can do about it.

A couple of web designers of my acquaintance have had very hefty bills recently for unauthorized use of agency photographs, and on the flip-side, as someone who had an entire site of more than 600 images stolen wholesale and republished under someone Else’s © tag, I promise you there are things that can be done about it, and really, why be such a jerk?

21 Best Free Photo Image Library for Bloggers

So here are just some of the places that you can find great free photo images / pictures to use legally on your growing blog or site. These sites are not in specific order.

1.  Stockock.xchng

Simply, the best. Over 450,000 free stock pictures, free for commercial use (some photographers have additional terms, e.g. you have to notify them of use). Always worth checking this one before you pay for something!

2. Amazing Textures

Wood, brick, metal and so on: useful for backgrounds. Free for NC use; $20 subscription for commerical.

3. ImageAfter

free for commercial use. Thumbnails are painfully small though.

4. FreeFoto

More than 125,000 pictures, nicely organised. Free for commercial use with link back to site.

5. Free Digital Photos.net

provides free image downloads for use in corporate and personal projects. Images are free provided you publish a credit to FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Images can be manipulated, edited, have text overlayed, or be combined. No registration is required see the terms of use for more information.

Option to buy hi-res version for print use. Small collection but good quality and particularly nice food section.

6. Free-Photographs.net

Free for NC use with attribution. Some good planes, trains and motorbikes.

7. FreePhotos.com

Free for commercial use with attribution and link back. Nice architecture section.

8. FreeStockPhotos.com

Free for commercial use with attribution. Particularly good Egypt, Israel and Near East sections.
From Old Books: scanned images from old books. Some public domain, some copyright, some free for NC use. Lovely, lovely site.

9. Morgue File

Free for commercial use, to remix, without attribution. Great source for images for redistributed website themes, for example.

10. NASA

Yes, You can use NASA  images free to use with attribution (how cool is that!)

11. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA)

Free to use with attribution. Weather, coastlines, animals and (my favourite) treasures of the library.

12. Photocase

Download credits received in exchange for uploaded pictures, or can be purchased. Some quirky and unusual shots here.

13. Pixel Perfect Digital:

Free for personal and commercial use. Large collection of textures.

14. Search 4 Dinosaurs

Pretty specialist, but great fun. Contact individual artists for permission to use images (they’ve always just said “yes” to my NC requests).

15. Stockvault

Free for NC use only, more than 13,000 photos.

16. Woophy

Pictures of “our world” (cityscapes, landmarks, geography) organised by clickable world map. Low-res images for NC use only.

17. Visipix:

Free stock Images for blogger

Image Credit : Visipix – Vermeer 1632-1675, Johannes, Netherlands

“The biggest art museum in the world”. Free with link back to author and Visipix. Has fine art as well as photos, but the ads get to be very intrusive.

18. Flicker :

A great big site full of millions of photos, many of which are free to use. Photographers on Flickr can license their images for reuse (or not); to find those that are available for republication, use advanced search

Photopin.com If you find it difficult to find out high quality images on flicker, try this photo searching website. This website basically search images that you can use directly on your website with an attribution.  The results are much much more better than searching images directly on flicker.

19.  Google Creative Commons Image Search

Google Advance Search allows you to specify exactly what you are looking for. Take advantage of the usage rights filters on the Advanced Search and Advanced Image Search pages to find web content (such as text, videos, or images) you can reuse, share, or modify. You can use operators in the search box; Find pages that are similar to, or link to, a URL; Search pages you’ve visited; Customize your search settings.

20. Wikimedia Commons

I think this website does not need any introduction, A gigantic repository of free images, sound and other multimedia files. Public domain images are not copyrighted, and copyright law does not restrict their use in any way. Wikimedia Commons images include public domain images and an huge collection of Creative Commons-licensed copyrighted work.

21. OpenPhoto

Free photo for blogger

Open Photo is a high-quality photo sharing platform created in 1998. Contributors offer their images for free under terms of Creative Commons licensing and usage conditions vary from image to image.

Here you can find out images on any specific topic, to help you to search images- there is a tag cloud like widget on this website.

Conclusion on top 22 Free photo sharing site

Though this is small collection of free photo library for the bloggers and website developers. if you know any one else listed here, kindly do not hesitate to share with us.




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11 Brilliant Comments - Join Discussion Now!

  1. Mohsin Ali says:

    Currently i am using FreeFoto but some times i can’t find the image which i want. So you have shared nice list and now i can find more free images for my blog.

  2. Jessie D. Klass says:

    I think some of your graphics on this blog are brilliant, keep up the good work.

  3. Sarah says:

    You have shared very nice list. Recently, i am using Flicker and now it is good for me to find images for my blog from these websites too….!!!

    • rakesh says:

      you can also use photopin.com to find out free images from flicker. it is one of the best tool to i have ever seen.

  4. I’ve been searching for free image websites but to no avail. Thanks for your tips. I really appreciate it. :)

  5. kakon says:

    very informative article, its helps me lots. thanks for sharing.

  6. Prajwal says:

    A perfect list of free image libraries. I use ssc.hu but find it really difficult to find the perfect image that i am looking for. Will try other sources as well from now!

    • rakesh says:

      Dear Prajwal Try photopin.com to find out your images and update me how this was useful to you.

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