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Social Media Savvy: Finding free stock photos and graphics

Brittany Alward
Special to the Bonanza

If you're in a position where you find yourself making a lot of graphics and blogs, then you've probably run into a common problem.

You're on a stock photo website that you thought was free, you've picked out the perfect image … but then bam! It turns out that perfect image is way outside your budget.

Next time, try out some of our favorite stock photography websites:

1. MorgueFile: Morguefile has a great, searchable database of photos that are absolutely free. You can pick the size, download them without any risk to your computer, and at no cost. morguefile.com/

2. Pixabay: Pixabay offers multiple ways to search for stock images. My favorite feature is the search for vector graphics. This site does require you to signup but the greater majority of photos do not cost money. pixabay.com/en/photos/

3. Canva: Canva is an amazing free graphics maker in general; allowing you to add photos, change fonts, and layer graphics. They have tons of free photos that you can add to your graphics directly in the program. Some of their best photos are priced at a dollar but for specific graphics, this is well worth the investment. creativecommons.org

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4. Free Stock Range: Free Stock Range is a searchable database with lots of photos to choose from. Once you make an account, the photos are free. freerangestock.com/new_photos.php

5. Image After: Image After is a free, searchable, stock photo website that does not require any sort of registration. You just search for the image you want and then download that image. imageafter.com/

6. Raumrot: Raumrot is a little different. It is not as easy to search because it is broken down by categories instead. However, it is still useful because the photos they choose to showcase are all very high quality and there is no sign up required. http://www.raumrot.com/10/

7. Flickr: Did you know that you can search Flickr by a creative commons license which you can specify is for commercial use? The only catch to Flickr is that most artists ask you give photo credit. flickr.com/creativecommons/by-2.0/

8. Foodie's Feed: If you are looking for stock images of food specifically, this site is perfect. The images are gorgeous and easy to download. There is no sign up and no catches. foodiesfeed.com/

9. Public Domain Archive: This is a good site to keep an eye on as it continues to grow. The photos are 100 percent free for use. You can use a search bar to search or search by categories. And you do not need an account to download any of the pictures. publicdomainarchive.com/

10. RGB Stock Photos: I'll end with one I consider the best. This website does require registration but it only requires a username and email. It is fully searchable, has a great variety of photos, and is completely free. rgbstock.com/

Brittany Alward is a Marketing Coordinator at Out and About Marketing. This article first appeared on http://www.outandaboutmarketing.com.