Having imagery on your marketing / website / flyers / business cards . . . . . etc . . . is one of the most crucial things you must do . . . .
. . . and quality free images ARE within your reach . . . you do not have an excuse!
An original graphic will sell your story . . . . a great image/emblem (your logo) creates identity.
A photograph will illustrate your message in a flash . . . . that is not restricted by lingual barriers.
A great visual trigger obliterates the need to trawl through a sea of words in a bid to analyse the relevance BEFORE reading.
The right image(s) has instant impact and will therefore grab attention and guarantee 100% focus on your article / flyer / business card / website . . . .
. . . An intriguing shot / unusual angle / bespoke portrayal can be as important as your logo in establishing brand recognition for your business. . . .
. . . So magnify your brand with some royalty free or completely free images . . .
OUTSTANDING ROYALTY FREE IMAGES
If you want outstanding . . . totally original and unique to you for a top quality result then . . . . .
I know lots of great photographers who can take some fantastic, bespoke shots for you:
. . . then there are plenty of image libraries where you can purchase great royalty free photographs and illustrations at good prices . . . .
. . . . BUT . . . .
. . . there are also plenty of places where you can get totally free images, (sometimes in exchange for a goodwill monetary donation or inclusion of a credit – if your project allows) . . .
. . . .but often under a creative commons license which means completely free to do just as you like with them . . .
COMPLETELY FREE IMAGES
It is always a good idea to look for free images first . . . . . we all like a bargain.
Over the years I have come across quite a few.
Just to be 100% certain you are not in breach of use . . . . Before you use any image anywhere, make sure you look for AND read any terms and conditions.
It is the individuals responsibility to check the usage rights of free images.
Here are 10 of the top ones, which would be a great place to start.
“All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash”
subscribe to this and get new free images into your inbox every week.
There is also a search box on the website to help find free images . . . anything from elephant to chocolate cake.
2. Refe photos
– a specific category for all the free images (http://getrefe.com/downloads/category/free/)
with an archive for the old stuff (http://getrefe.tumblr.com/archive)
and some paid royalty free images.
and lots of subject categories for you to easily find the free images you are looking for.
3. Public domain pictures
License: Public Domain
Note: If you intend to use an image you find here for commercial use, please be aware that some photos do require a model or property release. Pictures featuring products should be used with care.
be careful when you search here as there are lots of links to paid images.
But there is a large search box at the top right to help you find your free images.
Each picture is offered at both a free images download (size) and a premium paid images download
but the free images is great quality to use for printing up to A5 size on a marketing flyer or advert.
4. Pic Jumbo
free images to use on your stuff – as stated here (https://picjumbo.com/faq-and-terms/)
and a search box top right to help you find the free images for your projects.
Also a premium membership for paid images.
free images to use on your stuff.
Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects.
Click on an image to download the high-resolution version. New awesome pictures added weekly!
All pictures were photographed by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions.
free images are categoriesed in a horizontal menu just below the subtle Magic Auto Search bar (just click and type over here).
and thanks to Brian – who saw this post and messaged me about the site he has compiled specially for health and Fitness photos:
as a bonus. . .
Go with an open mind . . . . and if you don’t manage to find the totally free images you are looking for . . .
. . . . be ready to pay for great quality royalty free images instead.
ROYALTY FREE IMAGES
Royalty free does NOT mean that you don’t have to pay AT ALL!!!
It means there is a one off purchase payment and then you can use if on all your projects as many times as you like. . . .
. . . Unlike rights protected images that you have to pay for every single time you use them . . . . .
. . . so royalty free images are really still great value for the perfect image. . . .
When you purchase your royalty free images though they belong to you for use on your projects . . . so you cannot give share them with others to use on all of their projects. . . .
. . . they should buy the same royalty free images for themselves.
Wikipedia definition explains:
Photography and Illustrations
In photography and the illustration industry, royalty free refers to a copyright license where the user has the right to use the picture without many restrictions based on one-time payment to the licensor. The user can therefore use the image in several projects without having to purchase any additional licenses. RF licenses can not be given on an exclusive basis. In stock photography, RF is one of the common licenses sometimes contrasted with Rights Managed licenses and often employed in subscription-based or microstock photography business models.
Respect the paid libraries (many of which are exceptional value anyway) and value the importance of a good image . . . .
. . . . good photographs do no materialise from nowhere and we all have to make a living.
The vast distribution opportunities of a world wide web mean that images can be purchased many times and the cost is cheap. . . .
. . . as you have seen there are plenty of opportunities to get free images . . . but if the right image has a fee then PAY FOR IT . . . .
. . . . then edit and play around with your image . . . . make it your own . . . go create something unique . . . . .
. . . . establish a bespoke brand image that works together with your logo to become synonymous with your business identity.
If you do pay for an image – Always download the highest resolution that you can for the price . . .
. . . or look at the pricing structures and options before you pay so you get the best value royalty free prices . . .
. . . images can be made smaller without losing any quality . . . but enlarging that web image for a roller banner is just not going to work unless you purchased a highest resolution in the first place.
until next week –
Thanks for reading