In a perfect world we would all be photographers extraordinaire armed with only an iphone and natural light, however capturing professional looking images that grab your audience’s attention isn’t always that easy.
Here at Social Tap we recommend our clients invest in a quarterly photoshoot with a local photographer to stock up on high quality images of their business, and we also share our secret weapon – the 7 best websites to find royalty-free images to download and use again and again.
These are our favourite and most used free stock image websites… in no particular order. You can thank us with gin.
Unsplash offers more than one million high resolution photos to use anywhere for free. We love their mix of moody cityscapes, intimate home captures, and stunning nature scenes. Images are submitted by photographers all over the world, and you can create a free account and save ‘collections for future reference. You can offer credit to thank the photographer, but it is not compulsory.
Pixabay is a community of creatives and photographers sharing their images copyright free, and features brighter tones and colourful illustrations. The site does encourage you to make small donations to photographers, but in no way is this compulsory.
This is a great site and offers heaps of fun portraits, nature and city scapes, and images that are just waiting for your next social or blog post. You won’t have trouble finding something to help you stand out online, while also working with your brand.
Free Images offers stock images that are more traditional than creative, such as those on Unsplash or Pexels. All images are high resolution, and there is a large free collection, as well as a paid collection listed alongside.
Hosted by Shopify, Burst offers curated collections especially to help ecommerce sites create content and populate their sites. It also has a section to inspire ideas for starting an online store, all of which are inspired by the thousands of product and industry driven stock images.
Kaboom is offering stunning high resolution images, but with a slight difference. All photos are created and uploaded by one woman, who shares her thousands of images for free online. You can search by locations, photoshoot, colour tones, and subject matter.
Life of Pix
Life of Pix offers images a little left of centre with stunning portraits, international locations, and plenty of unexpected settings. If you are looking for images that will stand out on a social feed – these are the way to go!