Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash compete with paid stock photos from popular websites like iStockphoto.com (Getty Images) and Shutterstock.com. You can find pictures of almost everything at the latter – but at a juicy price.
Stock photography is a field of photography where images get produced in stock. The opposite of stock photography is, therefore, contract photography.
Now there are good alternatives with Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash.
Apart from the fact that the photos are free, there are some things to consider when embedding and copyright identification.
Unlike many paid stock photo providers, Pexels focuses on actual photographs. The pictures are usually already processed or show already beautiful and in a form brought motives.
I like this very much, and bloggers should be much more satisfied with it, as they mostly look for meaningful pictures. There is also the possibility to load the images in different formats.
All in all, the offer still needs to be completed here. However, on the whole, it is surprisingly extensive. Therefore, there are matching pictures for many topics, whereby nature and random holiday shots in high quality determine the platform. Especially for smaller niche topics, it is still challenging to get the right image.
This site has a vast database with 1.6 million high-quality images. Pixabay is more business-oriented than a provider like Unsplash, which is often helpful for bloggers.
Another significant advantage of Pixabay is that it offers free vectors and illustrations. However, what is a considerable disadvantage of Pixabay is that anonymous owners do the upload. So there is the danger that the uploader doesn’t have the appropriate licenses.
Additionally, we are annoyed by the appearing Shutterstock, which should attract people to their offer. It annoys us, but we understand that such a platform should generate income.
With over one million free high-resolution images from over 150,000 photographers, Unsplash is our favourite in our listed group of three.
The photos are of the highest quality, and thousands of new images are added daily. The chances are excellent that you will find what you are looking for and get a superb snapshot for free.
You can use the pictures for non-commercial as well as commercial purposes. Unsplash grants you an irrevocable, nonexclusive, worldwide copyright license allowing you to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos for free. This license includes commercial purposes without permission from or attributing the photographer or Unsplash.
Image Source Control
Why is it not always a good idea to use such free images? The main reason is that the originator cannot get verified on these platforms.
Some foolish people may upload photos that do not belong to them. It is said that there have been photographers who intentionally and anonymously uploaded their pictures on such a platform and then waited until enough people used these photos on their websites.
Then the photographer had these users warned by a lawyer and collected a lot of money.
But even if the uploader is the originator of the photos, some uncertainties can lead to trouble. For example, people are visible in many of these free stock photos.
Using such pictures can be tricky because a warning costs USD 1,000 – 2,000. We recommend using the WordPress plugin Image Source Control so that you at least have the original link and have an excellent opportunity to prove that you “actually” acted correctly.
We prefer to pay for something and have decided to use the StockPhoto Secrets – 99CLUB. TIt is cheap, and the library contains a lot of natural images.
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