As you are probably aware, there are many websites on the Internet that provide free stock photos. Some of the most popular free stock photo websites have tens of thousands of photos. Even though they have invested a lot in their search engines, the fact is that it usually takes a lot of time to find exactly what you are looking for. However, there is more than one thing that you can do to speed up this process and identify the right free stock photo for your blog, website or social media profile.

  1. Use keyword phrases, not single keywords

If you visit Pixabay, Unsplash or any other popular website where you can search for free stock photos and you use a single keyword like “nature”, you will get thousands of results. That’s why it is a better idea to refine your research by using keyword phrases that are relevant to your needs. For instance, you can search for “nature in winter”. You will get fewer results and the results will be closer to the photo you need. This approach will save you a significant amount of time.

  1. Be more specific

For instance, if you need a photo of a father and his son, don’t search for family photos or family generations look for father and son photos. If your photo is related to some location remember to add the location in the search query.

  1. Use the advanced search options

Almost every free stock photo website is providing advanced search options. The options you will find here depend on the website. Some of them are allowing users to search by color, by size, by file format, by category etc. The point is to be as specific as possible in order to get more relevant results. If you get only a few results, you should broaden your search, by removing some limitations.

  1. Exclude some words

There is also an option to exclude certain words in your search. For instance, you might be looking for photos of American cities, but you don’t want to get photos from New York and Los Angeles. Simply look for American cities and exclude the names of these cities.

By following these tips, you should be able to save a lot of valuable time when looking for the best free stock photos for your website.

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