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Top Three Sites for Free Professional Photos

I love Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash. There I said it. What’s so special about them, you ask? Well, let me tell you about these wonderful, magical sites for online photos.

If you look at this website, in every post – including this one – there’s an awesome, professional-looking photo. Now, I can snap a shot on my Samsung Galaxy, but I’m no photographer. And neither are most bloggers (although there are some show-offs who are good at everything).

The internet would be a mighty desolate place without eye-catching graphics to catch the eye and break up the writing. And as it’s said, “A picture’s worth a thousand words.”

So a problem arises for website publishers: where to source professional photos?

Where To Get Photos Online

If you have the money, there’s no shortage of online photo stores: Shutterstock, iStock, Dreamstime, AP Images and Depositphotos, among a gazillion others. Those are great places to look when you need a specific image or other graphic. But they’ll cost you – and tomorrow you’ll be back for more. Many of them have limited use, and a bunch require paid royalties to the photographer. (And rightfully so!)

Enter Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash. Every photo on there is free, downloadable without any site login, available for use in any form for any reason, no strings attached, not even to mention the name of the photographer. Dang!

Now, that is generous, my friends.

So far, every photograph you see on this site is from one of the three amazing sites I just mentioned. They may not always be, but for now, these gorgeous photos suit my needs and my budget. The images are high quality, the inventory extensive, and the interface ridiculously simple to use.

I’m so thankful for each awesome photographer who’s contributed their work to these sites. You’ll see credits at the bottom of my posts, to give attribution. If you’ve got a few minutes, hop on the links and go check out their other work.

The internet is filled with White Hat and Black Hat warriors. Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash are definitely some of the good guys.

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Photo by Alex Azabache on Unsplash 

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