7 Sites for Free (and Beautiful!) Stock Photos
... Excerpts from an article on the use of relevant images
By Leslie Belknap September 28, 2015
how exactly do you [create] a highly visual presentation?
It takes more than a simple drag and drop of the first photo you find
The photos you select must be relevant to your presentation topic, high-resolution, and captivating.
Relevancy is critical because as you would suspect, research shows that irrelevant pictures can complicate learning for your viewers instead of simplifying the comprehension process.
example, if you’re sharing stories from your experiences as a raving
sports fan, don’t try to be clever and use a photo of a rotating fan
that you use to cool your house. You might think the comedic approach to
photo selection will also be humorous to viewers, but they will
probably be confused, not amused.
addition, if you are telling a story about taking your kids to the
beach, don’t settle for an image of a child doing something unrelated to
your beach story. Go the extra mile and find an image that depicts the
situation you are describing in your story.
To create a presentation that is memorable and meaningful, your photos need to be relevant to your topic.
The resolution of your photos is also important because pixelated images will make your slides look unrefined and unprofessional.
Aim for a resolution that is approximately 1024 × 768.
This won’t work for every image, particularly very detailed ones, so
when in doubt, test your images at a few different resolutions to
determine the best size. Don’t default to saving your image at the
highest possible resolution — doing so can increase the file size
Follow Copyright Laws
you must follow the law (yes, the law applies to your presentations!).
If you break copyright restrictions, you could be penalized in a big
way, such as being forced to pay hefty fines.
To help you find interesting, high-resolution images, the list below features seven of the best stock photography sites. Each of these stock photo resources provides stunning images that are free of copyright restrictions, and also free of charge.
The fine print: It’s
hard to understand complex licenses that is why all photos on Pexels
are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means
the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose. The
pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. You can
modify, copy and distribute the photos. All without asking for
permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not
The fine print: All
photos on StockSnap fall under the Creative Commons CC0 license. That
means you can copy, modify, distribute any photo on the site, even for
commercial purposes, all without asking permission!
3. Negative Space
The fine print: All
the photos and raw files on this website are distributed under the CC0
creative commons license. That means that you can copy, modify,
distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all
without asking permission or give attribution.
4. Life of Pix
The fine print: Free High-resolution photos. No copyright restrictions. Images for personal and commercial use.
The fine print: All
photos here on www.cupcake.nilssonlee.se are licensed under the
Creative Commons license CC0, which means that you are free to use the
images without any costs. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform
the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for
permission. Although, you’re more than welcome to let me know if you use
images for a website, illustration or whatever, it’s inspiring to see
The fine print: Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.
The fine print: FoodiesFeed
is a resource of free realistic food images in high resolution and free
digital goods related to food. These all are fully available to
download for your blog posts, articles, websites, templates, mobile
apps, backgrounds or just any kind of design.
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