- September 16, 2014
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Blogging & Social Media
Are you looking for FREE image sources for great royalty free images?
Perhaps you are confused about what that even means.
Let’s end the confusion and find those great images.
To begin we must start at the beginning. It is time to clear up the confusion that the idea of “Free Image Sources” brings to mind.
Even more confusion is apparent when terms such as “royalty free”, “usage rights”, “digital ownership”, “attribution” and “Creative Commons” are thrown about.
So what does it all mean?
- Free Images Sources are just that. These are photos that you can use without paying any royalties. Royalties are fees that you pay for use of someone else’s property which in this case is a photo.
- Royalty Free means that you do not have to pay any party for the use of the property. Do note that the owner still owns the copyright to the merchandise.
- Usage Rights refers to the rules governing the use of a product which in this case is the rights for using something in which you do not hold digital ownership.
- Digital Ownership refers to proprietary rights over virtual assets.
- Attribution refers to giving credit to the person who owns the rights.
- Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
Now that you understand the terminology, let’s go hunting for some Free Image Sources.
- Morgue File
- Free Digital Photos
- Google Images (click on: search tools, usage rights, labeled for reuse)
- Free Range Stock
- Free Photos Bank
- Public Domain Pictures
- Your own Photos 🙂 As in take some photos 🙂
This is exciting stuff. You now understand how to find and use free images, but you want to personalize it. How do you do that?
For example, Canva is a simple, drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online and free to use. I really think it is apretty great. There are also paid accounts so click on over there (and to PicMonkey too), play with the free editing tools and then decide if you wish to pay for the upgrade.
After all this if you really do not want go through the efforts of finding the right picture, editing it and making sure that you are using it properly then consider using a virtual assistant to help you, or a service such as fiverr.
Keep in mind that the placement of a photo in a post can drive up your social media shares by as much as 50% so do not skip this important step.
Do you have great resources to add to this list? Please comment below so we can keep the resources up to date. Thank you.