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3 Royalty-Free Photo Websites

Saturday, 17 September 2016
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I dunno about you guys, but when I think of royalty-free photos, I think of Shutterstock. And when I think of Shutterstock, I think of a bunch of images I really don't want to use on my blog - awkward, fake posing, and images that don't really reflect reality or capture something special. Without a doubt, I prefer to take my own images for the blog, but I know in some case people don't always have the time, nor do they always have the means to take photos they're happy with. 

I began delving into the world of royalty-free images when I was researching such websites with quality images to use for book covers if I was ever going to self-publish - something that hasn't been very high on my to-do list for quite some time now. I found a handful of sites I loved, but unfortunately after my laptop crashed in 2014, I lost all my bookmarks and thus had to try and track down the royalty-free photo websites I once loved. In this post, I'll be sharing three websites with you that give you beautiful imagery that isn't going to cost you a penny. If I ever find the remaining sites I used to enjoy, I'll be sure to make another post! 


From cake, to flowers and landscapes, to cats, Pexels has you covered for a whole host of differently styled images. Each is of the highest quality even in its largest size, and each is available for a free download. There's no limit to how many you can download a day. After each download, Pexels will ask if you'd like to donate and support the photographers, but you don't have to if you don't wish to. Plus, with a handy search bar, finding what you require is simply a click away.

3 royalty free photo websites free to use photos blog photos stock photos pexels freeuse jay mantri help for bloggers tips and tricks

3 royalty free photo websites free to use photos blog photos stock photos pexels freeuse jay mantri help for bloggers tips and tricks

You can find out the details of their license and donate to the website here.


Much like Pexels, FreeUse showcases heaps of varied images, so the chances are you're probably going to find something to suit your post, or whatever you choose to use the photos for. Again, there's no limit to what and how many you can download. On the initial landing page, the search bar isn't visible, but just click the 'more' button at the bottom and once the page refreshes, a search bar will appear in the top right hand corner. Alternatively you can utilise the labels on the photos you see. 

3 royalty free photo websites free to use photos blog photos stock photos pexels freeuse jay mantri help for bloggers tips and tricks

3 royalty free photo websites free to use photos blog photos stock photos pexels freeuse jay mantri help for bloggers tips and tricks

You can find the details of the license here.


I'm always baffled that, as a Tumblr site, the photos on this website don't have more notes. The landscape photography is incredible. I don't know much about the person running the website - he has links to his social media but not to an actual 'About' page which would be mighty helpful. Without a search bar, the site is a bit more difficult to navigate but it's worth taking advantage of the 'archive' page, where you can see the photos by month. Expect lots of land- and cityscapes. I really do love the work here.

3 royalty free photo websites free to use photos blog photos stock photos pexels freeuse jay mantri help for bloggers tips and tricks

3 royalty free photo websites free to use photos blog photos stock photos pexels freeuse jay mantri help for bloggers tips and tricks


You can find the details of the license here.

So, that's three of my favourite royalty-free websites, and as I said, if I come across the others I used to enjoy, I'll definitely be writing a secondary post. I hope you guys found this helpful, and if you have any of your own RF websites, then let me know in the comments!

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