There are few things more potent in this world than an image. Images can tell us so much without using a single word. They are a crucial part of news and media and can communicate an enormous depth of information.
Including an image within an article or a video can transform the way your audience perceives it.
Thanks to the internet, we now have access to an enormous range of all different kinds of images from different periods of history. We can use search engines and databases to find the perfect image for almost any application or context.
Depending on what you are trying to achieve with the use of an image or images, you may prefer to find an existing image instead of trying to create your own. There are many websites now available which exist to store and provide access to a massive range of different kinds of images.
We have compiled a list of 10 of the best websites for images based on extensive feedback and testimonials.
Pexels is a site run by users. Anyone can upload an image to Pexels, and the site’s administrators choose images of the highest quality to add to the searchable database. The search function lets you find images based on their size, location, and subject, among other parameters.
Pixabay offers one of the largest free collections of images that are available on the internet today. There are millions of public domain images that are available on the site, which vary in quality, size, and subject.
At the time of writing, the Dreamstime database is the most extensive collection of free images available on the internet. Dreamstime also offers image editing tools, which allow users to customize the images they find.
Flickr offers a substantial range of high-quality, free images for public use.
Freerange requires that users register (for free) before gaining access to its database, but it’s worth it to be able to use the many high-quality images that the site hosts.
The range of Gratisography’s images is smaller than those of other sites, but they are always high quality and quirky compared to typical stock or public domain images.
All of the images available for use on Unsplash are free and have been donated by experienced photographers.
Free Images has an extensive database of free images available for use. Users can search for an image by size, resolution, and theme/s.
Picjumbo is a site that hosts images taken by the photographer Viktor Hanacek. Not all of the images are free, but most of them are, and all the images on the site are of very high quality.
Despite the somewhat morbid name, morgueFile is a site that hosts a massive range of free images that can be used both commercially and personally without restrictions. The site offers a feature which lets you save the images you come across, in order to access them later.