Top 10 Sources To Find Royalty Free Stock Photos
Research shows that 6.5 people out of 100 click on your Facebook posting.
Tell me if the stats isn’t pathetic. As a social media marketer, getting traffic from social media is like finding the highest quality gem among the other gems.
But with a little tweak, you can easily improve your Facebook (or any social media platforms) click through rates. Yup, tweaking the images you are sharing on these platforms.
After all, posting the right images could increase your follower’s engagement rate, right?
Here are some questions for you:
- Are you using those stock images you could find on Google images?
- Or maybe, copy and paste images from other blogs?
- Do you have a specific requirement for when searching for images?
Here’s the truth; the majority of the people (including the old me) prefer to do the easy way. That is to find images directly from Google, right click and save. Problem solved, right?
Trust me, this is one of the mistakes businesses does on social media. You need to picky, demanding and above everything, particular to details.
Here are my photo selection strategies:
- It has to be high definition
- Bigger in size (usually over 1,000 pixels)
- Enhance and modify the photos on Canva or Photoshop
- Optimize the photo size to save space
Here’s another trust me ‘thing’. Most people would throw in the towel even before reaching #2.
The above is just an example. I am not going to preach why I do that or how I do that. What you will find in this article would be the top 10 sources to find royalty free stock photos.
If you need high-quality photos and fast, Flickr is one source you need to use.
There are 1 million photos uploaded each day on Flickr and there is absolutely no way that you can’t find a good stock photo for your blog post.
How to find royalty free stock photos on Flickr?
Use the advanced search feature. Fast, easy and light-weight.
You can’t wish for anything better than that!
Here’s an example of how you use Flickr advanced search:
You can choose from a series of license such as:
- All creative commons
- Commercial use allowed
- No copyright restrictions
If you are looking for really good and royalty free stock photos, Shutterstock may just be the best choice for you.
Used by thousands of marketers daily, you know that photos found at Shutterstock are just that good.
The downside? It costs a little money.
What I really love about Shutterstock are:
- Unlimited usage
- Editable (a big advantage here)
- Commercial use
- Simple pricing
- 100% royalty-free
Some people say that Shutterstock is a little overpriced. What do you think? Remember to leave a comment below to discuss!
3. Getty Images
A good alternative to Shutterstock. Enough said.
Personally, I feel that the photos on Getty Images fit my requirements more than others. But that’s just me right?
Why do I love Getty Images? The answer: Options, options and more options.
Now, the bad part about Getty Images? The prices are pretty insane.
Getty Images is really useful if you are looking for serious photos for your upcoming monster project. Careful when buying as this could easily burn a hole in your pocket (or your marketing budget for the matter).
4. iStock by Getty Images
Another big time player in the royalty free stock photos that offers interesting pricing structure. In terms of pricing, I wouldn’t say they are the cheapest and they are more towards the middle-class type.
Through my experience, photos purchased by iStock has better end results compared to other photo sources. You can easily find photos that have editing done instead of the plain stock photo feeling.
I don’t use Big Stock that often but it is still one of the highly recommended royalty free stock photo sources around today.
Compared to other photo sources, they only provide videos and images. And in terms of pricing (yup, it is really important right?), they are priced slightly higher than the rest of the pack.
There are 6 different packages that you can choose, which starts as low as $79 per month.
As of today, Fotolia is one of my favorite sources to find for royalty free photos and it has over 37.7 million stock photos which you can choose from.
One feature that I love about Fotolia is the ability to sort and find photos according to your requirements (or simply use the pre-determined settings).
Fotolia uses credits as a form of purchase and each credit costs approximately $1. Of course, buying more credit at any given time and you’ll automatically entitle for a discount.
123RF is a popular source to find for royalty free photos. The advantages using 123RF is the different plans to fit your requirements and budget.
For example, you can opt for monthly subscription or on demand purchase (purchase only when you need the photos).
If you are looking for a source to purchase large quantities of photos, you can reach out to their support team for a specific quote.
Unsplash is my newest go-to site when I need to find some awesome royalty free photos.
And guess what? It’s completely free!
You can do whatever you want with these photos and no credits needed to be given (however, it is always a good practise to provide credits).
Since this is free photo source, there would be 10 images once every 10 days. Download, save and use them in anyway you want … without burning a hole in your wallet.
Another excellent source to find royalty free stock photos … and doesn’t cost you a dime.
For me, Gratisography is slightly different from Unsplash as each of the images are more vibrant in colour, having the ‘fun’ effect and have better graphical effects.
Grastisography doesn’t have a schedule for releasing photos and therefore, new photos will be uploaded after getting approval from the moderators.
Morguefile offers free high definition photos
Last but not least and if you still can’t find the right stock photos, head over to MorgueFile.
MorgueFile is a source that provides royalty free photos at no cost to you.
MorgueFile is slightly more professional outlook and excellent if you are looking for photos for projects or business usage.
At the moment, it has over 370,000 stock images that you can choose from (and downl0ad).
Which is your favorite source to download royalty free photos?
As a recap, using the right stock photos could easily produce better image effects and at times, it can boost more readership and traffic as well to your website.
Do you have any particular source when it comes to finding royalty free stock photos?