15 Places To Find Free Stock Images Without Watermarks

Beautiful high resoltion free stock photos for blogs

Update 16/12/2015: I have added another interesting option that I only recently found out. Read on for more information.

So you’ve just made a website and have nice shiny new blog, but there is 1 problem, you want to find free stock images without watermarks because your pages are full of boring text and you have just spent all your money on hosting.

(NOTE: if you don’t care about my wonderful writing and just want the cheddar, check the table of contents for the main list of free stock photo websites →)

Unfortunately for you, no images means your readers can’t be bothered to put on their sharing hats and pass your lovely posts around like the village… (insert whatever you want here).

The problem is, that whenever you search the internet for stock photos, the big boys like Getty, iStock Photo, Shutterstock et al seem to show up and give you serious depression from looking at the insane prices they charge.

Just look at the front page of Google from the keyword: stock photos

to Free Stock Images Without Watemarks can be tricky

You know that you’re in trouble when the average Cost Per Click (CPC) that Google is charging per advert is $25.59 and the entire above the fold section is plastered with the buggers!

However, be not intimidated by this selection of crazily priced stock image vendors, for Harry Vs Internet is here to help you out.

Why?

Because we’re best friends of course.

If you are looking for the Highest Quality photos, I use Deposit Photos. Click Here to check them out.

Depositphotos

Also, I want to help you out as I have found some really great websites over time that offer free stock images for commercial use.

In fact, when I first started out blogging, 1 of may main issues was finding high quality free stock images that represented what I was trying to explain.

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Why is commercial use so important?

If you have started a website with the idea of making money form it, then that is considered commercial use and you need to make sure the images you use have this clause.

Luckily, all the websites on this list are available for commercial use, so you can use them to your hearts content.

What about attribution?

I will admit that some of the examples in this list may or may not need attribution, (usually the photographers name and a link), but I work on the basis that when in doubt, just give attrition.

If that is an issue, just look out for the websites that I explicitly state that no attribution is required, otherwise assume that it is.

I will also explain on further detail about attribution & the different licenses on offer, at the end of the post.




So let’s begin:

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15 websites offering the best Free Stock Images Without Watermarks


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Pixabay

Pixabay
My Favorite that I use 70% of the time for my blogs

Pixabay is my go to website for free stock images for blog posts and…well just about anything else you want to use them for.

This can include:

  • Photo manipulation
  • Printed material
  • Graphic Design
  • Anything else you can think of!

They have a really great selection of stock photos to choose from and a little extra which I will get to in a moment.

The images they have vary between profession and amateur, but on the whole they are wonderful and you should be able to use them for most of your image needs.

I use them extensively myself for my PBN’s, graphic  design work and also my main money sites. In fact, most of the featured images on Harry Vs Internet come directly from Pixabay!

As I previously mentioned, they also offer a nice little extra which is that you can search for vector images.

Now,

This may not be useful if you are just looking for free stock photos for a simple blog post, but if you are doing some graphic work and need a quick vector file to manipulate in Adobe Illustrator, then you can often find something usable here.

Make no mistake, Pixabay is mainly for stock photos, but you can find some basic vectors in a pinch.

Finally, my favorite part is the search function.

This may sound simple, but if you are working on many things at once and don’t have time to manually crawl through 1,000’s of photos of vegetables or whatever your niche is; the search box can soon become your best mate.

Keep in mind that Pixabay is completely free, so the search is not as advanced as you will find on the mental money stock photograph websites, but it is more than adequate and To be honest they give way more than anything free should give!

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Pexels

Pexels Free Stock PhotographyAre you looking for super high quality free stock photos for your arty, farty website, or maybe even a hero image?

Then you should head over to Pexels and check out their offerings.

Honestly, these are some of the best photos I have seen regardless of what you actually use them for. Pexels offers a nice, big selection of incredibility high resolution free stock photos for use in most situations. I have used them in the past for some graphic design client work with great success and they didn’t cost me a penny, (as is the theme here!).

To give you an example of the sort of quality you are dealing with here; check this out:

Pexels Free Stock Photography example
Bear in mind that this example is not high resolution because I have reduced its size for the purposes of site speed

Notice the license that this photo comes with and just let that sink in for a bit.

This was expensive photography not that long ago, but we can get it free. Right now. $0. Amazing!

They have a search function which is great for the same reasons I have explained already and also some easy categories for fast inspiration.

Unsplash

This one aimed directly at landscape fans, and what a selection of absolutely stunning landscapes it has!

Unsplash add 10 brand, spanking new images every 10 days (1 a day), and they are free to do whatever you want with. They are super high resolution, so if you are going to use them for websites, you might want to consider reducing their size a bit.

How do you do that?

Well, for all of my images on most of my websites, I just use plain old Microsoft paint! I use the Adobe suite a lot trust me when I say that it is quicker and easier to use Paint. You don’t need to be an amazing graphic designer to reduce the size of images.

I digress though.

Unsplash is very nice and provides a ton of gorgeous images that are free to use however, there is no search function and you have to scroll quite a bit to see all their shock images. There is also just 1 size that you can download which is massive.

But if you’re cool with that, then Unsplash is great option for you to check out 🙂

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MorgueFile

Morgue File Stock Photos
The name is apparently popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues. Basically a reference site, but sounds a bit morbid to me!

This one is probably the simplest option on the list but make no mistake, they offer some lovely photos for the price of breathing air.

MorgueFile offer really nice photos and a variation of all sorts of different images that you can choose from.

It has a search function and you can really find anything from pens to landscapes. A nice feature is that it tells you whether the image is suitable for printing or not which is more important if you are going to see it for a brochure or poster, rather than web design.

LittleVisuals

I haven’t been using LittleVisuals for long and not very often, but they offer a nice selection of free stock images without watermarks to use as you see fit.

They have a nice extra which is if you sign up for their email list, you will receive 7 high resolution images in a zip file, every week.

I like them because they have a very nice logo and I trust a website with a good logo. And yes I understand that my logo is shit, but don’t you judge me >o

UPDATE: It seems that the fellow who was running LittleVisuals has sadly passed away so I am not sure where that leaves this site, but they still do have some great images for free in their archives.

I suggest leaving them a small donation for the Hand on Heart Charity who provide defibrillators. I don’t really know the details but it might be nice to have a look.

New Old Stock

New Old Stock Free Images For Your Website
Nice looking logo, matching the style of photos they offer

This is one of my favorites on the list, but a website that I under use way too much.

They have some luscious looking old timey photos from a wide selection of different places including:

  • Government agencies
  • Real estate
  • Old photos found in someones basement etc.

What does this mean?

Basically you can find photos of real things that are now free from copyright and therefore free to use as you wish to.

There are so many free images here to look thorough you are pretty sure that you will find something. This is again, is a scroller without a search function, but in this case that actually works to its advantage.

You gain some serious inspiration and may even come up with new blog posts just by scrolling through the many free stock photos they have.

Skitterphoto

Beautiful high resoltion free stock photos for blogs
An example of a photo from Skitterphoto

An interesting addition to the world of free stock imagery, is Skitterphoto.

Interesting, why?

Well all of the photos they have on their website have been taken by just three photographers. Many of the others on this list are merely compilers of free photos, (which they are all very good at), but Skitterphoto actually takes each image individually which is something that I think deserves a rather hefty amount of respect considering the amount and quality of photos they have!

IM Free

Nothing to say here apart from A-Ma-Zing!

IM Free is a full collection of serious images for serious people. Everything is free, but attribution is required. However when you see what is available, you will understand why and be very happy to credit their creators.

My advice is to:

  1. Visit site
  2. Get lost
  3. Get some inspired inspiration
  4. ???
  5. Profit

OK so point 5 comes with the disclaimer that you might not profit.

The point is, that you can do all kinds of things with these items not limited to purely blogs. Many people who use this site (or so I am told), use the free high resolution images, icons and templates for client work or must for their own pleasure.

GRATISOGRAPHY

Gratisography free stock photos
Gratisography – where all the images a completely gratis!

I love the layout of the website for a start and I personally think that if someone makes and effort with the packaging, the product must good! Call me a sucker and a slave to my impulses, I won’t cry too much 🙁

Anyway,

As I said, the website is great, but the images are even better!

Created by a chap by the name of Ryan McGuireGRATISOGRAPHY is full of some really professional Free stock photos that range from simple but elegant inanimate objects, to very emotive living subjects.

Jay Mantri

It has to be said, I have never used this site before and only recently found it when doing some research for this article!

Updated every Thursday, Jay Mantri offers some beautiful free images that you do not even need to provide attribution for. What a lovely fellow.

Mainly wide angles and close ups of fairly simple things and landscapes, the images are super high quality and most of them look like photos that a pro would sell for thousands to glossy magazines.

I don’t have much use for these particular photos for my current projects, but you should certainly head on over and check them out because I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

Public Domain Archive

Set up by a chap called Matt (I presume he has a surname?). He has set up a large repository of public domain images free to use by the general public for no cost whatsoever.

More of a library of free images i.e. stored in 1 location, Public Domain Archive is full of a wide mixture of different subjects, ages and styles to choose from.

I found this one a while ago and have used them fairly extensive for client work and also for just when I want to mess around on PhotoShop. It relaxes me to manipulate photographs, like little pawns in my grand quest to…Oh sorry, I drifted away there for a moment.

Anyway…if you are looking for some stunning free photos to use on your website, I highly recommend checking them out and having a look.

Picograpghy

A very simple, bare basics site that contains some high resolution photos that are free to use and without attribution. Whilst they may not have as much choice as the others here, you will still be able to find something for your project if you look hard enough.

Picography features random images by a collection of pro photographers in a random order. The random order is what puts me off a little, because I never usually have a lot of time on my hands and just want to find what I want quickly.

However, I still check through every now and then to see if there is anything that really catches my eye, and that is the main point for a site like this I think. Spend 5 minutes scrolling through and you never know what you may find.

Free Images

You can’get more on the nose with the name of this site!

It really offers up a huge collection (387,906 at the last count), that you can use to you hearts content!

Some of the images require attribution on case by case basis, but they are all free of charge. Free Images also offers up a very nice style of categorization and search which makes life for a busy fool such as me; much easier!

Free stock images from Free Images
Cats, because…internet

SuperFamous

Very high resolution free stock images without watermarks, SuperFamous is full of some really nice photos curated by a team of designers by trade.

Now, I son’t use the fastest internet in the world, but I found that the site was a tad jittery and might be off putting for some. However I would like to just say that this could have been an issue on my end so please don’t let that discourage you from visiting and seeing if there is anything you could use for your own site.

The actual images are very Instagram style (but high res), and look really nice.

I don’t have use for this style of photo myself just yet but I as you know, I am starting my own fully fledged authority site and i may very well head over to SuperFamous and use some of their free images for that project.

Picjumbo

A pretty large collection of high quality stock photos that are free to use and don’t even require attribution for most photos.

Created by the designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013, due to other stock images websites turning down his own images. It now boasts 2,660,922+ photos downloaded since its inception.

You will have a massive section to browse, including vector images & videos, all fully searchable and lovingly categorized.

They also offer a paid for PhotoShop Plugin to access their entire database directly from Ps. I don’t have this plugin myself as I prefer to just browse at my leisure and have slowed down on the design client work for the time being.

However, it is only $11.99 and if were to start designing for clients once again, I would seriously consider using it myself and I would encourage any aspiring designer to consider it too…by speeding up your workflow, you can really start to make real money.

Picjumbo offers a really nice collection of food & drink shots, so if you are in the health, fitness, nutrition, restaurant etc niche, then this should be your go to free stock photo website.

Getrefe

Calling all hipster, calling all hipsters, this bad just might very well be for you!!!

I’m kidding, this is for anyone really. Anyone who loves free, non attribution required, high resolution stock photos without watermarks that you can use anywhere for anything!

Getrefe is a very basic tumblr blog that offers absolutely 0 frills, and is just a pure scroll and see kind of site.

However, atop that basic frame sits some truly lovely free images for use on your blog or design work, and arguably the most “stock” of them all.

They look great and are very neutral, in the sense that they are generally non niche specific which can be a blessing really if you are just looking for a good looking stock image for free that you can pop into your blog post without hassle!

The British Museum Flickr Page

The British Museum Flickr…wait what!?

Well as it urns out, the British museum has decided to open up their entire catalog of images under a Flickr Commons license.

This means you are free to use and manipulate any image free of charge and for commercial reasons.

Why is this so great?

As of writing, they have 1,023,714 Photos on their Flickr profile.

I’ll say that again; 1,023,714 Photos!’

Honestly that is a crazy amount and they are all historical and beautiful. I am in love xxx

You can find their Flickr Page Here.

A quick note about Attribution & Licenses

I want to finish off with general information about the different licenses surrounding these free stock images and what you can actually do with them.

For example, you may be tempted to just do a Google Image Search and pick the first image that you find. However this could land you in some serious hot water if the owner of the image has not given the correct usage permissions.

The 2 main licneces that these websites offer, include:

  • Creative Commons zero: Meaning that you can use the free photos however you see fit, commercially or otherwise and you don’t have to ask for permission, or do anything apart form download the image.
  • Creative Commons with attribution: Means the same as creative commons zero, but with the added regulation that you credit the creator of the photo in the way they ask, usually their name and a link. But make sure to check for specific instructions.

To be honest, most of the free stock photo websites here are creative commons zero, but even having to add some attribution is no problem seeing as you have access to thousands of high resolution free stock images without watermarks to choose from!

I hope you found this useful and if you think that I have missed any websites out, feel free to let me know in the comments 🙂

How Design Affects Your Website

How Does Design Affect Websites
How Design Affects Your Website
Planning: measure twice; cut once!

As you may or may not know, How Design Affects Your Website can be from a number of different factors.

From buying a product on impulse, based upon flashy packaging, to trusting a company based on the colors and logo it uses.

For me, I just enjoy good design the same as all of you do. We just appreciate good looking things and enjoy pleasing aesthetics.

In web design, my personal preference is with Flat Design.

To that end, I enjoy things that don’t tread down the uncanny valley too much; but still portray a sense of realism that we can connect to.

One of my personal hobbies, is using Adobes’s suite of design tools most notably Illustrator, and design things that catch my eye.

Background

I recently watched a film called “Ex Machina” and kind of fell in love with its simple, but powerful aesthetic. In fact the last time I really felt like that about a film was with one called “Gattaca” and also one that I think some of you should be familiar with: “Fight Club“.

What I want to do is share some posters for both Ex Machina and Fight Club, in order to give you an idea of the type of design I am talking about.

What has this got to do with anything?

Well, it’s a bit of weird route I took to this post, but bear with me…

When I created Harry Vs Internet, I used a theme made by the amazing Thrive Themes called FocusBlog.

Now:

I quite liked the look of it, but a couple of years ago when I first started blogging, my first thematic love was with the Genesis Framework. I kind of had a bit of lovers spat with them when I decided that their their themes were a bit too boring for me!

However, I kind of missed the point with Genesis and its creator; Studiopress.

The idea behind their themes is a simple, but highly efficient framework that is the engine of the entire site, and an elegant theme that you merely drape over the engine to make it look nice, i.e. a child theme.

You can customize and tweak the child theme to your hearts content, and if you are pretty au fait with HTML & CSS, then you can rejig things around quite a bit to suit your needs.

Anyway, I digress…

After trying a few different themes from various different providers and not really digging the style, I found Thrive.

Many internet marketing blogs have also fallen in love with them and use Thrive Themes exclusively throughout their sites: www.authorityhacker.com to name just one.

It looks great, it looks clean and it works perfectly in unison with Thrive’s suite of Plugins, (which you can use on most themes, including Genesis).

My main issue with it really, was that I just was not comfortable with its blockiness and I didn’t really want to invest the time in creating a super fancy static homepage like the Authority Hacker guys did.

For me, I prefer simple and elegant which is what led me back to Studiopress and genesis.

The first site I really created properly using the Genesis framework, was a real estate website for my wife: www.kkcrealestate.com.

I used a free child theme called Equilibre, and tweaked it around a bit to get it looking as it does now. It’s smooth, looks professional and works as it is supposed to do.

A few days ago, I checked out the blog of the main man behind Studiopress: Brian Gardener.

His blog is clean and very pleasing to the eye and I thought, “yes I forgot about Genesis”.

I logged back into my Studiopress account and downloaded the framework, (you need to purchase the framework separately from a theme), and then downloaded the Executive Pro theme that I had previously bought, and installed it on both this site and my brand new authority site.

Result:

I think they both look great and now work really smoothly.

After installation onto Harry Vs Internet, I had to do a bit of moving stuff around to get rid of the leftover Thrive stuff, but it seems to be fine now.

Quick tip: If you are using a caching plugin, remember to clear the cache after any significant changes, otherwise they won’t show up. This was my facepalm moment!

How Design Affects Your Website?

Good design will always improve the way a user interacts with anything, but you also need to aware of just how:

  • SEO – Basics of onpage optimization should be followed, not only to help the search engines understand what your page is about, but also to help your readers to be able to navigate it correctly.
    • There are differing points of view about what is most important, but the overall consensus nowadays, is that you should really make the greatest effort to keep your real, human readers on your website. Today, factors such as the ones below have a huge effect on how you rank and more importantly; how you stay in position:
      • The amount of time spent on your site
      • Bounce rate
      • Pages visited per session
      • Ratio of returning users to new visitors
    • Good design will keep your readers on your site for longer and will keep them wanting more.
  • Conversions – Let’s be honest here, the main reason why most people start a website is to make some money in the hope that they will be able to quit their horrible jobs and live in their underwear all day. Conversions are what make this a reality. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Affiliate conversions
    • Email signups
    • Click Per Action conversions
  • Sharing – The more shares you can get for your site, the more traffic you will get. If a share for a particularly good piece of content is well timed, then you may get flooded with a large amount of traffic. Shares can be from:
    • Social sharing
      • Facebook
      • Twiter
      • G+
      • reddit
    • Comment mentions
    • Forum, Q&A sites
    • Or even the holy grail…links from websites in similar niches

There are really a whole raft of other ways how design affects your website, but those listed are some big ones.

Let’s tie this up in a neat little bow

I’ll be honest with you, this post took a bit of a U-turn.

I started writing it last night when I had already had a few Beer Lao’s, (I live in Laos BTW), and I was in a designer-y kind of mood.

However when I woke up, I read through it again and thought to myself that design actually is super important to everything in our lives, including making money on the internet. So, I wrote some more.

This is really a very, very brief overview about how design affects your website and I will be writing a much more in depth post about it, and even make a little cheat sheet about the best methods to make people love your website even more and by association, you as well.