Free Images for Social Media

ACIA Consulting By ACIA Consulting, 18th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/25rwf-yo/
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I could not tell you how many times a week I find myself on the hunt for great photos to support the content of social media posts. I have been asked many, many times now how I go about it. So, if you would like to boost your social media posts with amazing images and without breaking the bank you might like to read where I source my images from.

Free Images for Social Media

The more of your audience’s senses you manage to stimulate, the more successful you can expect your speech, presentation, sales pitch or marketing to be.

This fact of course also applies to social media. It is well known that posts with visuals, such as images or videos, receive a higher engagement than ‘naked’, words-only status updates. Therefore you can imagine that managing my clients’ social media profiles can be very creative at times.

Besides the copy writing (yes that’s what writing the little bits of texts for posts is!) and the creation of new images for quotes etc. I could not tell you how many times a week I find myself on the hunt for great photos to support the content of social media posts. I have been asked many, many times now how I go about it. So, if you would like to boost your social media posts with amazing images and without breaking the bank you might like to read where I source my images from.


Although the title of this post says FREE images for social media, for the sake of completeness I would like to include one source in this list that isn’t free.

Photodune

As a lady you never want to show up at a party in the same dress as another woman, even less so if it is a special event. What I am trying to say with this is that if I don’t want to use an image that’s already all over the web, for recurring advertising such as blog posts, website pages and certain marketing material etc. , the small fee photodune charges is well worth it in my eyes.

They have a huge selection of great quality photos. Prices vary depending on the image size that you require. It is also nice that you can see how many times the image has been purchased.

Right, so let’s move on to my favourite free sources:

1. Take you own pictures

Nowadays you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take engaging images – you don’t even need a camera! Great results can be achieved by simply using a smart phone and a photo editing app. This way you guarantee yourself a completely unique, authentic and free image that you can use as and where you please. As they add that personal touch, they may even be more successful than generic ones. I highly suggest that you give it a try!

2. Google Images (careful!)

Google Images gives easy access to millions of photos. However, in order to avoid violating copyright I would suggest using the advanced search options (search tools) to search by usage rights, see image -->

3. Free Stock Photo Sites

For cases where taking a picture yourself isn’t an option – and the results from Google are not good enough – there are websites that offer photos that fall under the so called Creative Commons License. Flickr (a photo sharing site) is one of them and great for finding amazing images for any topic or industry.

Under the Creative Commons License however, a photographer can choose which rights to reserve and which rights to waive for the image. There’s also the choice of requesting attribution or not when the photo’s used. So make sure you abide by the rules.

As I do like to play things safe – especially for client work – I tend to stick to sites where I know which license they fall under. So here are a few of those… They mostly run under the Creative Commons License and some of them don’t even require attribution.

I do advise though that you do your own research on how these images can be used exactly.

rgbstock
StockSnap No attribution required
LIFE OF PIX No copyright restrictions
FREEIMAGES
LOCK & STOCK PHOTOS Attribution appreciated but not required
jé shoots
PEXELS Attribution and donation appreciated but not required
pixabay As this site is sponsored by shutterstock some images require fee liable licensing, so check each image
CUPCAKE.
kaboompics Attribution appreciated but not required
RAUMROT
Jay Mantri

I hope you've enjoyed this post and found my list useful.

Cécile

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Free Stock Photos, Guide, Social Media, Social Media Marketing, Social Networking, Stock Images, Stock Photos

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author avatar Retired
19th Nov 2015 (#)

I usually use pixabay as one of the easiest to use and download

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author avatar ACIA Consulting
19th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks for the tip Dean, will check it out!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks for the useful tips - siva

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author avatar ACIA Consulting
19th Nov 2015 (#)

Glad you liked my list Siva :)

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author avatar Stuart Miles
22nd Feb 2017 (#)

maybe you would like to add http://blogpiks.com - 30,000 free images with no attribution required

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