Do you struggle finding images and photos for your PowerPoint presentations, blogs, etc.?
Would a list of sites be useful?
Then this list is for you!
A picture is worth a thousand words. This is why all top bloggers use them to grab attention and effectively convey their message.
For example if you search for business, lots of images would show up that you have seen on other websites. But if you search for a niche-specific search term, you would find images that are not overly used.
The world of free stock photos can be a difficult one to navigate.
If you're choosing to go the free route--and really, why wouldn't you?--it can be confusing to know how you're allowed to use the photos, and what (if any) attribution is required.
In case you're unfamiliar with copyright categories, here's a brief overview of the three main types:
Public Domain--Images in the public domain are works whose copyrights have expired or whose creators have relinquished all rights to the works. These are free for personal or commercial use. There is only one exception to the "free for all use" policy for public domain photos: If you're using an image of a recognizable person, you may need to get his or her permission to use the photo. Some sites offering such photos will already have obtained a model release, so if in doubt, consult the license agreement that comes with the image.
Royalty Free--When images are offered royalty-free, this simply means that the purchaser pays a fee and can then use the image without paying additional royalties or licensing fees. This also means the purchaser doesn't have to give attribution. This is the model used by paid stock photo sites.
Creative Commons--Photographers who license their images under Creative Commons (CC) can choose how their images will be used by specifying a particular CC license. For instance, a CC0 license means the owner has relinquished all rights to his or her works, while CC 2.0 requires the user to provide attribution.
CC0 is the most flexible license by far: "CC0 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."