Now before we get started, it really is a great idea to build your own selection of images, your own little image library that you can use for all of your blog posts, twitter, facebook leaflets and all the other aspects of your business where you need a ‘perfect’ photograph.

Sometimes though, you just don’t have the right image! It may be you want a picture of a beach, somebody working out, a picture of London or whatever else you may need.

Now you may be tempted to just Google ‘London’ and grab the first image that shows up. STOP! This image is somebody else’s property and you can and increasingly will get sued.

I’ll write another piece on this, just to give you some background, but for now, just DON’T DO IT!

Never fear though! There are places you can get free images that you CAN use for free and completely legally.

Once again, there are a few rules that you need to abide by and these are listed out on each site. Make sure you agree to the rules of each site before you use them.

So with no further ado, here’s some of the best stock sites for you:

1.) Unsplash

Probably the first ‘goto’ freebie image site. You can find it here:

Unsplash.com

This is a really well kept store of images from both pro photographers and semi-pro photographers too.

They always have a great selection of pics and can generally be counted on to have an image close to what you need.

I also love that they have their own iOS app that you can use. Perfect for browsing on the go.

2.) Pixabay

If Unsplash is number 1, the Pixabay is definitely number 2 on my list!

Pixabay.com

Now, in my opinion, it is a very close run competition between Pixabay and Unsplash.

What I’ll say is that I tend to find Pixabay has a few more ‘off the wall’ style images. Just a little bit different and unusual.

The downside is that I do tend to see a lot more heavily filtered images of a slightly lower quality.

I guess ultimately that you may get a better image here, but you may have to trawl through a few more images.

3.) Pexels

Pexels is slightly less well known and as such I tend to find that there isn’t the same scope of pictures as the other two websites.

(I have no figures to back this up, they may have more! I just never seem to find as many images here…)

However, they do offer some amazing images and have a great library of images for business. Well worth a look if you’re looking for images for your Eventbrite event or similar.

Now, I do have to reiterate, you really need to start your own image bank of images.

Using these images will get you out of a tight spot, but they all look VERY generic and they won’t make your business stand out and look unique.

You need to be starting on your OWN brand and your images should all be a part of that brand.

If you need help with your images, please get in touch: Pete@pkcreative.co.uk

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