So you’ve written a great informative article for your audience, full of helpful tips, but now you need an image to support it on your website and for social media.
When you do a search it often comes up with American looking images that just don’t cut it with your brand or website feel. They’re just not good enough. You need something that is more relevant to your UK based audience and you don’t want it to look like you’ve borrowed the image from a site 2,000 miles away.
So where do you turn?
Well, you can either ignore the need and just let the article speak for itself, But you know that a social media post with a picture gains 39% more views than 1 without. Plus your website expects a picture to go with your blog post – that’s the way it was designed.
So, here’s a list of 8 free picture libraries to search for that perfect picture to bring your blog post to life. We’ve researched them ourselves and, at the time of writing, they are all free for use for social media and blog purposes.
Scroll through the list below to find the images you need. Some are quirky, some are traditional, some are quite random, but from the choice of photographs and pictures available within them, there will be something for you – I’m sure.
“Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects, free of copyright restrictions.”
A quirky selection of photographs with a basic search function. Just scroll through the photographs and click on the one you want. It then downloads on to your machine for you to use.
New pictures are added weekly and are high resolution, so plenty big enough for social media and blog posts.
“Discover over 1.3 million images and videos shared by our generous community.”
One of the biggest of free photographs. Pixabay has a huge selection of images to choose from. Not only photographs but also illustrations, vector graphics and videos.
With a built-in search facility, a quick search often throws up 10’s of results to choose from. Some have an American feel, but there are plenty that don’t.
“Download free photos to fuel your next project”
Burst is a royalty-free collection of photographs from Shopify. They are free to use either online or offline and it’s constantly expanding. Plus you don’t need to have a shoplift account to use them.
you can search with keywords or explore them from the home page. Aimed at businesses and business needs there is a great selection under such themes as Teamwork, Planning, Entrepreneur etc.
There are lots of free images taken around the world available to use, but there is also a premium version you can subscribe to for a monthly fee if you wish.
The images are more European, rather than American, so if theses relevant to your business and brand I suggest you have a good look through picjumbo.
“A free stock photo community where photographers & artists can share their own photos and artwork with people from all over the world.”
An eclectic mix of images from various artists and photographers from around the world who are happy to give some of their work away for free. The quality of the images varies, with some very good, whilst others deserve their ‘free’ tag.
There is a search available, just make sure though that you don’t click on the premium images that also top and tail the free image results.
“Beautiful, High-Resolution Free Stock Photos. For personal or commercial use, all of our CC0 licensed images are completely free to use!”
A great selection of professional royalty-free photographs for you to use in your blogs and social media. The images are organised in categories, but there is also a search available for finding the exact picture you need.
The photographs could be from anywhere in the world, so perfectly suitable for UK use, it’s only when you get in the transport section you notice the emphasis on American vehicles.
“Free stock photos // Mockups // Articles”
A selection of high-quality photographs. All royalty free and ready to use in your commercial projects. The images are sorted in to categories and are generic enough to used or passed as being UK based.
“Best free stock photos in one place”
If you only search one site make it this one. It curates images from the other top royalty free sites on the internet, so you can be sure of a great selection and high quality.
There is a broad selection of UK, American and European images, so you will have to have a look through, but then it is going for a good around world based approach.
There are plenty of images of people, so if that fits with your brand, then this is a good place to find images of people doing things, alone or together.
“Uniquely free photos. Handpicked, non-stocky images. Yours to use as you wish.”
Set up by a group of creatives, the aim of reshot is to provide high-quality images from new and emerging photographers, with a slight twist. They choose images based on the way the world is viewed by the photographer. If you need something slightly different or with a slight quirkiness, then try reshot.
NOTE: About the screenshots
All the screenshots displayed on this page for the various photo sites are the results of a search for ‘Office’. This gives you an idea of the style and quality of images each free photo site has to offer.