Great Websites with Stunning Free Stock Images

One ‘rule’ of content marketing in any niche – but sometimes especially the retail industry which is, let’s face it, based in part around visual impacts – is that the addition of images to written content is almost a must. Which is great, except for a smaller retail company finding those images can be time consuming and expensive.

Of course, you could just use Google image search to find an image, right click it, download it and stick it right into your latest blog post or make use of it in other ways. But that route can be fraught with danger – seriously – if the rights attached to said image do not permit unpaid publication.

 

Stock imagery is a safe and sensible alternative to taking risks with copyright infringement, but it can be both expensive and boring. Free stock is the best option then but exactly where do you find free stock imagery that is actually worth using?

We have visited this issue before here, but some time ago and, as it always does and always will, things, and sites and services, offered online change, and since the last time we went looking a new generation of free stock sites has cropped up that are worth taking a look at. Here’s a little amount some of our current favorites:
Burst

Why it’s good:

Offers a wide range of free images for commercial use
Less usual stock photography for various industries
Very easy to navigate and search for the photos you need

Gratisography

Why it’s good:

Wide range of free images for commercial use
New photographs added weekly
Excellent if you are looking for humorous images or high contrast photography

Superfamous

Why it’s good:

Unusual, hard to find elsewhere stock images to download
Use for personal and commercial purposes
An excellent source of nature and abstract stock photographs

Startup Stock

Why it’s good:

Beautiful high resolution stock images
Perfect for a retail related website
Focuses on startup photography so the images are less likely to be used by others and fairly unique to your content.
Magdeleine

Why it’s good:

Ability to sort photography based on colors, categories
Easy to navigate system
Beautiful high contrast photographs

Stock Snap

Why it’s good:

Powerful search engine for finding stock images
Free for commercial use
Extremely user friendly interface

Picography

Why it’s good:

Fabulous lifestyle photography that’s great for blog related content
Easy to navigate system
Hundreds of photographs available for personal and commercial use
ISO Republic

Why it’s good:

Large community of photographers contributing
Easily sortable based on stock image category
Perfect images for blogs and online stores

Getrefe

Why it’s good:

Very easy to navigate
Extremely high quality stock images
City and “real life” photography that’s great for adding interest to blog posts.

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