27 Oct 2017

Sharing copyright-free images to help get yourself known

Posted by Catherine

Finding copyright-free pictures online is sometimes hard work. There are a number of websites dedicated to sharing photographs that can be used by anyone, but there are far more websites where images vary in price. It’s understandable: someone has to take those pictures, and why should they give them away for nothing? On the other hand, the people looking for free images may be in the very early stages of setting up their own business and have no income, or they may be working for a charity – just because they are looking for free images doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re being stingy.

If you’re a photographer then it’s worth considering uploading some copyright-free images. Often, the websites that host them allow users to make a donation for images that particularly impress them, so there’s still potential for earning a small amount from them. However, it’s also an opportunity to get your name ‘out there’ – if people like your work, they may come looking for more. Obviously it’s not wise to offer your best work for free, but if you’re good at what you do then it’s likely even your more average work is of a good standard in the eyes of other people. It’s worth a try!