There are a ton of great (free) resources around the web where you can find amazing photos and video clips for free online! These are perfect for helping create visual elements to use on your blog, on social media or in other content creation. When you can’t take the perfect photo or video – look online for stock images.
PLEASE DO NOT USE IMAGES FROM GOOGLE SEARCHES
Do not search Google for an image and post it to your website without proper permission. You may think you can get away with it, but photographers regularly do reverse searches on Google for their images and will send you a bill for $1000’s of dollars for using their image without purchasing it or without permission.
BEATIFUL FREE IMAGES SOURCES
It is always best practice to either create your own image, download from a copyright free source or purchase a high-quality stock photo.
Free doesn’t mean it’s crap either. Using the same search as above for “surfing” I found several high-quality photos I can use for free.
Here are my go-to sources for images and video when I can take my own.
Unsplash **Note of Caution: Because there are bad people everywhere on the internet. Be aware of the license agreement and keep good records when using these free images. Why would someone take the time to upload photos that didn’t belong to them in ht first place is sad. Read this latest mess: https://fstoppers.com/legal/photographer-legal-battle-over-unsplash-image-after-user-uploaded-image
You can create custom branded images by grabbing an image from one of these sources and upload it to Canva to make it more your own and unique too. Canva is another free tool you should consider for making graphics for your business.