Pixabay: The best stock photos, totally free

As a product, web, app or general software developer, you’re definitely aware of the importance of high quality images and photos. They have the potential to bring a design to life. Photos can inspire, intrigue, motivate and even leave people in awe.

For those who’re not good at making photographs, or don’t have a big budget to spend on hiring a professional to do the work for them, there are a lot of stock image websites. They essentially provide you with a huge collection of amazing – and less amazing – visuals. For a relatively small amount of money, you can then acquire the rights to use that image in your designs and products.

But before you go ahead and start looking for some work on Shutterstock, pause right here. Because it’s not always the best idea to go get a load of images from a paid source like this. I’m not implying here that you should just go to Google Images and pick some photographs there, since using these might be a copyright infringement. But when you’re just designing a new product, or are waiting for approval on some specific images, it might be worthwhile to look for other ways to legally use high quality images in your designs and products.

One of those ‘other ways’ is Pixabay.

Pixabay is a website with thousands of high quality stock images, vector graphics, drawings and videos. And they’re all totally free. All images on Pixabay are rigorously checked by a large community, so only the best ones find their way to the Pixabay database. Aside from that all images and videos on Pixabay are released under a Creative Commons CC0 license. Which means that you are allowed to download, modify distribute and use the work for anything you wish. Even for commercial use, and without attribution.

Another nice aspect of Pixabay is that, since it’s community-driven, you can upload your own photographs as well, so they’re available for others to use. This way the Pixabay community gets a chance to grow, which – in turn – brings you more photographs back.

So, let’s head over there, and check out Pixabay! And by the way, I have a few images on there too, check them out here, and feel free to use them.


Note: I’m not affiliated with Pixabay in any way.


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