Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Free Stock Photo Sites for your Social Media Images
Any social media manager or content marketer knows that one of the toughest parts of the job is finding the perfect image to accompany a post. We all know that images are one of the most important components for engagement, but unless you’re willing to pay significant costs for access to a database, trying to find great free social media images can be incredibly time-consuming.
To help you get rid of this headache, we’ve put together a list of 20 free stock photo sites that you can bookmark for easy reference whenever you’re having trouble getting the right picture.
Creative Commons Zero
Before sharing the list, it’s important to recognize what is meant with the different licensing and copyrights of images available. It can be hard to know if you are legally allowed to use or modify an image you find online for your personal or commercial uses, so the Creative Commons Zero license is especially valuable.
According to the Creative Commons website, the CC0 license “enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.”
In other words, you are free to use that great sunset shot you found under the CC0 license for any purpose, including your next Instagram campaign. Here are the best free stock photo sites we found whose images fall under CC0.