Getting Amazing Images on the Web for little to no cost for your website
Dec 18th, 2019
Getting great images on the web
Getting images for your website is a time consuming process. There is a lot of different websites out there that provide free images with or without attribution. When getting images for free without attribution (i.e not displaying image credits on your site) it is good karma and practice to give credit to the author some other way such as mentioning the photo/photographer on your twitter feed or buying them a coffee, especially if you are using several of there photos on a production site.
Best Sources of for Photos (IMHO)
Adobe Stock (Paid, Free Trial)
Adobe Stock is by far the best source for stock photos that I have come across. However, Adobe Stock is extremely expensive. I mention it here because you are able to sign up for a no obligation trial on the site, as of this writing, where you can get a dozen or so images for free.
If you are drop shipping products or intend to on your site, you can reach out to the Ali Express vendor and ask them for permission to be able to drop ship their products and use there images on your website.
You can easily get the images by right click inspect on the image, locating the image url, opening the image in a new tab and saving it your local file or cloud.
Sometimes the images are a annoying WebP format. You can very easily convert this to JPG using this free converter.
Pixabay is a very popular and well known site for getting free pictures and the my favorite of its kind. It is nice it gives you several options to choose the size of the photo, so you don't always need to use an image optimizer like TinyPNG to optimize your photo or scale it down in Photoshop or some other free online editor like LunaPic.
Unsplashed tends to skew towards the more "artsy" pictures. I tend to use this site for landing pages or other images that are less conventional and want to stand out.
Envato Elements requires a subscription, which is well worth and very affordable compare to Adobe Stock and other premium paid stock photo subscriptions. With Envato Elements you get access to photos, logos, website templates and much more. If you are a freelance developer or designer I highly recommend this site.
This is not meant as a comprehensive list. I am aware of others like Pexels and Flickr but I did not think they are worth mentioning, since I don't particularly like the images I searched for on the site and believe the above list are better options.