The Buffer blog recently answered a question its readers ask frequently: Where can you find free stock images that are cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content?
It’s a question with a lot of different answers and caveats. Nearly every image created in the last 30 years is still protected by copyright — a protection that gives virtually every author the exclusive right to use or reproduce their work. But you can find a public domain photo, use a Creative Commons image that might need attribution or even create your own image from scratch.
Buffer’s detailed and comprehensive answer begins with a short description of the differences between Creative Commons and public domain images, then breaks down over 50 free sources in the following areas:
- Searchable photo sites
- Free-form photo libraries
- Photo search tools
- Create-your-own image tools
- Embeddable media
The post is definitely one for the bookmarks!