searchingI recently wrote a guest blog over on Nicole McIver’s web page about 10 Sites which offer free images.

I can’t tell if it’s a case of Murphy’s Law or just that weird thing which happens after you notice something.  Like when you buy a new car and then all of a sudden you see the same make and model everywhere you go. Well whatever it is,  I’ve stumbled upon another excellent source for obtaining FREE IMAGES.

Before I tell you all about this wonderful resource I’ve found, lets recap what I wrote earlier.  Below is the list of resources I discussed on Nicole’s Blog.  Just the list folks, if you want to find out more please check out Nicole’s blog.

  • Fagan Finder
  • Image After
  • Free Images
  • Flickr
  • University of Colorado Garst Photographic Collection
  • Classroom Clip Art
  • New York Public Library Digital collections
  • National Library of Australia – pictures
  • Hubble Site
  • Canva

As mentioned elsewhere, if you want to use these (sometimes) free resources, you need to read the T&C of each site to ensure you can gain the correct permissions. That can be a hassle, who has got time for that.

Unsplash | Free High-Resolution Photos

hassle free

I really like this site.  Unsplash have good quality photos which can be accessed for FREE!!

Not only that all their content is licensed Creative Commons. Yep thats right you can download each photo and use them to your hearts content.  And by hearts content, I mean anything goes, you can download, copy and alter your selected photo anyway you like.  There is even a link to a site where you can upload and display your altered content. The possibilities are endless.

There is a lot of content on this site.  The home page features ten photos each week.  However you can select to look at all their content.

Searching is easy and straightforward. You are supposed to search by keyword and filter your search by topic.  However you can bring up picture just by filtering without entering a keyword.

I suspect the designers don’t want you top do this as you don’t get access to the filter until AFTER you select the search function.  Not a real problem, but it does bug me from a design point of view.

What is really cool, is that you can view your searches in both a list and grid view.  Yeah I know, a common functionality these days, but I do like it.

Some of the pictures have Stock Photo feel to it.  However there are some truly wonderful pieces of art in there as well.  I recommend spending an hour or two just looking at some great images.

From now on you will be seeing a lot of photos on future blog sourced from this site.

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