Let’s say you’ve just started out on your entrepreneurial adventure, and you need some free images to make your company’s online presence to stand out of the crowd. But where do you find these images to use on your website, on your social media channels, or even on your blog?
We all know that stock photos can be expensive, especially if you’re just starting out and you’re running your operations on a budget. This is where free images come into play and they’re a real help not just for people who want to spend money on other branding-related services, but also for people who want to encourage young and talented aspiring photographers.
So, how do you find the best free images for social media?

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(Photo by Dan Iernutan via Roven Images)

While there are numerous website out there that offer a large array of free images, few are actually designed and tailored for your specific needs.

Roven Images is one of those website where you can explore a vast universe of images filed under several categories, such as: Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Transport, Backgrounds, Textures, Beach, Black & White, Computer / Electronics, Decoration, Editor’s choice, Food / Drink, Holidays, Industry, Interiors, Landscapes, Miscellaneous, Nature, People, Religious, Shopping, Sports and Wedding.

The list of categories just keeps on growing along with the constantly increasing number of photographers.

Think about what photos would inspire your targeted audience, the people you want to interact with your business, and start looking through the categories. After surfing throughout the provided gallery, you’ll quickly understand why an image is worth 1,000 words.

You’ve found some nice free photos online. How do you use them?

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(Photo by Keith Dixon via Roven Images)

Depending on the social networks accounts you have created, either for your business, for your website, or blog, or just for fun, you can start selecting photos and images based on resolution.

Different social networks require different images, resolutions and communication style. You’ll need different photos for Facebook covers and profile pictures, than what you would normally use on Twitter, or LinkedIn.

This is why you need to carefully search the best free images that best identify with your brand identity and the tone of voice you want to use in communicating with your key audiences.

Good photos and images can make the difference between a social media account with 1,000 followers and one with over 100,000 followers.

Why are images so important for Social Media?

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(Photo by Łukasz Rawa via Roven Images)

Social Media was formed on images and photos, and without quality visual items, social networks, as we know them today, would severely decrease in number of users, if not cease their activity for good, due to the lack of traffic they would have.

Given the ever-growing competition on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and so on, in order for you, or your business to stand out in front of the competition, you’ll need to send out your messages accompanied by high quality images. By now, this goes without saying.

If you choose regular stock photography websites, you will not come across the same photos and images as you can easily find on Roven Images. Why is that, you ask? The answer is easy.

Big stock photography websites are already overpopulated with thousands of photographers and millions upon millions of images that have been used by almost every news website, blog and business under the sun.

Everybody gets their images and photographs from the most popular stock websites, meaning that sooner or later, everybody will look more or less the same. How can you stand out of the crowd if everybody is using the same images (and sometimes even low quality content)?

This is why at Roven Images, the focus is placed firstly on photographers and on building a community of sharing their art and creations with other users online, for free. Photographers who upload their photos and images on these types of website usually upload their best works, because they want to build a name for themselves, they want to build up their portfolio, and they want to be part of a bigger community of image-photography sharing.

All photographers receive credit for their work, making it a win-win situation for all the parties involved. Photographers get to share their work with the world, and you’ll get to have the best free images online and deliver high quality content to your friends, followers and clients on social media.

We hope that these tips and tricks will help you in better understanding how to find and choose the best free images for your social media. If you’re interested in finding out more, feel free to drop us a line right here, or start surfing through the gallery for free photos that you can download for personal or commercial use.