Despite that we’re living in the age of digital photos, it’s not easy to find non-copyrighted photos that suit our needs. Most of them are low resolution, poor quality, and copyrighted, which simply means that they can’t be reproduced under any circumstances. Of course, thousands of thousands of high-quality stock photos are available out there. The problem is people hate stock photos as hell. So it’s best to avoid using them as much as possible.
In essence, finding photos for blog posts or projects is a daunting task and sometimes a pain in the neck. Fortunately, that pain can be killed once and for all with the following list of 5 places for finding non-copyrighted photos.
Check these places out!
Unsplash, a project of Crew, has become the fountain of top-notch photos, which are works from its contributors (yes, you can join the contributors’ community and submit your own photos to the site). Photos on Unsplash are free for commercial and personal works. With the handy search function, finding suitable photos is just a breeze. You can search photos by keyword or filter them by subject. New photos are added to Unsplash on a regular basis.
Bonus: If you were supposed to create something creative but you got stuck or needed to be inspired, check Made with Unsplash—a place that showcases cool things being created with photos from Unsplash. Besides, you can always submit your artwork at this link.
2 samples of photos from Unsplash
Just like Unsplash, Gratisography offers a slew of non-copyrighted photos. Gratisography is made possible by Ryan McGuire, an avid photographer who loves to take colorful and positive photos. Every week he adds new high-resolution photos to the site.
2 samples of photos from Gratisography
Photo Collections is a project of Vadim Goncharov. The site offers beautiful photos in resolution up to 6000×4000 pixels. Currently, photos on Photo Collections fall under these categories: Nature, People, Animals, Industrial, and Architecture.
2 samples of photos from Photo Collections
picjumbo was founded in 2015 by Viktor Hanacek. According to Viktor, picjumbo has been created for this very reason: stock photo websites didn’t want his photos. Needless to say, we have to say thanks to those stock photo websites because photos taken by Viktor are elegant and free for any use.
2 samples of photos from picjumbo
Now comes the go-to resource every time I need photos for my blog posts. Briefly, Compfight is a search engine that helps find photos on Flickr by keywords. Below are some quick notes:
- Most photos on Flickr are licensed under a type of Creative Commons licenses. It’s advisable to check a photo’s license before using it for your purposes
- Read this short FAQ page to know how to use the filters as they help you find photos more accurately
- Beware that photos at the top of every search results page are stock photos from Shutterstock
So there you have 5 places that provide a multitude of non-copyrighted photos. If you know other similar places that complement this list, please let me know in the comments.