According to copyright law, you are financially liable for using copyrighted images on your website.

It doesn’t matter if:

  • You link back to the photo source and give attribution to the photographer
  • Your website isn’t for business use/you make no money from your blog
  • You did it innocently / accidentally
  • The picture is licensed to your Web developer/designer
  • You have a disclaimer on your site
  • The photo is embedded instead of saved on your server
  • The photo isn’t full-size
  • You found it on Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/etc.
  • Another business or blogger used the photo

Unless you’ve received express permission or have legitimately purchased usage rights, you can’t post copyrighted photos. Period.

Grabbing that perfect image for your next blog post may seem harmless, especially if you’ve seen it used all over the web, but it can hurt you in a big way. Don’t you dare do that to yourself or the business you love.


While the standard advice to avoid all this trouble is “just take your own photo,” that solution is unrealistic for many businesses. Taking photos is time-consuming! Plus, you can’t always capture exactly what you want.

I understand what a hassle it is to find an excellent free stock photo, so below I’m sharing some of my favorite free image sources. And yes, all are 100% free to use commercially.


One of the greatest resources for free photos – my favorite.


A free stock photo site created by designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013. It all started when any stock photo site didn‘t want his photos due to lack of quality.

Death to the Stock Photo

Free monthly photo packs for creatives.

Barn Images

Two photographers from Latvia, Igor Trepeshchenok and Roman Drits offer you a collection of free high-resolution non-stock photography.

Foodie’s Feed

A delicious resource of free realistic food images in high resolution and free digital goods related to food.


All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications.

Jay Mantri

Jay Mantri is a graphic designer and photographer that captures amazing photos specifically for use within design projects.


Free Stock Photos and Images for commercial use.


Best free stock photos in one place. 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.


Hand-picked free photos for your inspiration.


Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New pictures added weekly. All pictures were photographed by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions.


A place to find, show and share public domain photos.

Life of Pix

An awesome community of photographers is here to share with you their best shots. Discover everyday a fine selection in the featured section. Explore at any time the best shot of our photographers of the week. Have a quick look on the latest pix uploaded.

ISO Republic

Tom Eversley, a designer and photographer from England provides exclusive free and premium stock photos for creatives.

And some more:

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