Free photos – where to get them?

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Where to get free photos on the internet?

More and more content published on the Internet is accompanied by photos and graphics – they enliven presentations and websites , make posts on social media more attractive , or simply attract attention. However, not all of us can afford to buy licensed photos every time, or we are simply not ready for it yet.

So where can you get free photos from ? It turns out that there are quite a few places that offer free graphics that we can use almost freely. Some of them are described below.

Is everything on the internet free photos?

At first glance, it might seem that all graphics posted on the Internet are free photos – all you need to do is right-click and select save , and the photo will be downloaded to your computer’s disk. The situation is not that simple – even free photos on FB are placed in accordance with copyright, obliging others to use them according to the author’s will. How can I find free photos for presentations, projects or posts on social networks?

FIRST OF ALL, YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT LICENSE THE FREE PHOTOS ARE MADE PUBLIC ON – NOT ALL POPULAR SOLUTIONS CAN BE USED COMMERCIALLY. THE 3 MOST POPULAR LICENSES UNDER WHICH FREE PHOTOS ARE MOST OFTEN SHARED ARE CREATIVE COMMONS ZERO, PUBLIC DOMAIN AND CREATIVE COMMONS.

What are the uses for free images?

  • Creative Commons Zero – this is the most convenient license under which photos can be shared for free. It allows not only for commercial use (e.g. as free pictures for presentations), but even for their modification, without providing information about the original author.
  • Public domain – the free photos available in it come from state institutions (eg NASA), but we can also find photos whose property rights have expired.
  • Creative Commons – images placed here for free must be signed with the author’s name and surname, as well as information about the license. All in all, these are still small obligations for the possibility of using a huge database of beautiful photos.

Free images without limits – Creative Commons Zero – where to find them?

On the internet you can find at least a few places that contain free stock photos under the CC0 license. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Pixabay – free images Pixabay is probably the most frequently used source of graphics on the Internet. Behind the popularity of the website is over a million tagged photos, multilingual service and collecting photos from other websites (under the CC0 license).Pexels is also a very extensive free stock photo that collects those licensed under Creative Commons Zero in one place.
  • Gratisography – free photos for download displayed on the website are immediately displayed in the highest resolution, without creating an account and without changing any settings.

Public Domain – Older but Free Pics

Stock photos can also be found for free in the public domain – however, we must remember to put the author’s signature under them. Due to their age, many of them are of considerable historical value.

Among the portals offering photos for free, it is worth mentioning:

  • Polona – is a completely Polish project, where you can find about 2 million photos and multimedia of very good quality,
  • NASA – the website of the American space agency, where we can find photos for free and unlimited download,
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art – each free photo posted on the New York museum website is a museum object, so we can find here items of great historical value

Creative Commons – free images to download in exchange for a signature and information about the license

Banks offering free photos under this license require information about the license itself and the author of the photo itself. In return, they offer an endless amount of free positions. The most popular are:

  • Flickr – over 300 million photos cataloged by license is the largest database of this type in the world,
  • 500px – a base aimed mostly at professionals looking for elements for their presentations,
  • Foter – the second largest photo database (approximately 200 million items). The distinguishing feature is the description generator – all you need to do is paste a code fragment together with the photo to not worry about a license violation.