Good royalty free photos can be hard to come by especially when you need some for your business. You can’t just go out and take one from someone else’s website, that’s basically copyright infringement. And you don’t want that when it comes to your business reputation and website; not to mention that you may be blacklisted by Google for stealing content, and that’s never good.

You could hire a photographer and get some shots done for you, but that can be very costly and takes time to do. Sometimes you may be able to take a photo with your phone — but is it good enough? Do you have good lighting? Do you have a clear vision of what you want to take a picture of? Does it represent your brand?

Well, if you just want a quick, good photograph, there are myriads of them on the internet—all you have to do is look for them. But you do have to consider the legality of downloading photos that aren’t yours, the license and such. You are using for business after all—you wouldn’t want to get yourself into a sticky lawsuit, would you?

That’s why we put together this list of the 10 best websites for find royalty-free photos. And they all have free photos to download too. Just check at their licensing agreement first, and make sure you know the limits of usage for each photo before you start using it.

  1.     Gratisography

Created by artist Ryan McGuire, the photos here are quirky, cute and high-definition. See their licence agreement here.

  1.     Skitterphoto

Skitterphoto is a website dedicated to providing free photos to anyone in need of them. The photos come from quite a number of photographers from the Netherlands. The site claims that the photos aren’t restricted, but please check the full legal terms for yourself, as terms can often change.

  1.     Pixabay

Founded by Hans Braxmeier, Pixabay is a website full of thousands of photos available for download. Just type in your key word of choice in the search tab, and you’ll have your photos. To understand their terms, click here.

  1.     Picography

A top source of quality photographs, Picography has been providing photos to internet users for over three years now. See their terms before you go on a downloading-spree!

  1.     Pexels

Pexels’ 40,000 photos come from their community of photographers. By showcasing their work, the founders of the site are determined to help artists, designers, writers and creative people in achieving their goals. See their license in this link.

  1.     Negative Space

Just like the professional photographical term, Negative Space allows other people to shine by providing HD, top-quality photos for free. Their license allows anyone to download, use, and distribute their photos, but please read it for yourself, as these things can change.

  1.     Freerange

The photos from Freerange are taken by their own photographers, from their own archive, or contributed by their community photographers. See their licensure agreements here.

  1.     Iso Republic

Iso Republic provides quality photos of almost anything you might need. They have over 3,000 photos in their archive. Their photos are free of restrictions, but again, read their terms before you start downloading images.

  1.     LibreShot

Photos in LibreShot are all from Martin Vorel, free for personal and commercial use. Though his photos are free, there are some considerations you might want to see in his terms.

  1. Life of Pix

Life of Pix provides a community of photographers that provide you with thousands of free, downloadable photos. Click to see terms and conditions for their use.

The above list of the 10 best websites to find royalty-free photos was put together with small businesses in mind. Often as a small business owner you wear many hats and don’t have the budget to hire a photographer or buy expensive stock photography. You will need some time to do your searching, and ‘time’ is also something that business owners are short on, but it’s worth the effort. It’s a good way to end the day on a friday afternoon. Be sure to bookmark this blog for easy reference, as we may add some more in the near future. Happy hunting!