We’re constantly seeing a web that’s more and more…well, visual – more video, more images, and more of a personal favourite that sits in-between video and images, the mighty animated GIF.
Thankfully, this means there’s an increase in the quality of photography – cameras are always improving, and “everyone’s a photographer”, so to speak.
BUT – if you’re a business or blogger who doesn’t have a library of great images, you’ll be looking around for some to use, for free. ‘Free for non-commercial use’ is fine for sharing on a personal website, but for businesses basically anything you do has a commercial angle.
For bloggers or small businesses based in Chester you can find some great quality (really, they’re fantastic) photos of Chester here, at Unsplash – unsplash.com/search/chester
There are only a handful of photos there at the moment (it’s a community of photographers where images are self-submitted), but that will grow (it’s a popular tourist city).
Search Popular Sites Using ‘Commercial Use’ Settings
Here are some other ways to find free images of Chester for commercial use:
search.creativecommons.org allows you to set some criteria (check the boxes next to “I want something that I can use for commercial purposes, modify, adapt, or build upon”) and enter a keyword (e.g. “Chester”). This tool searches popular photo-hosting websites (including Flickr).
Google Images is often a place where less-scrupulous people steal images, but there are some nice settings that allow you to find images people have tagged for anyone to use commercially. Enter your keywords, then click on Tools > Usage Rights and select “Labeled for reuse” or “Labeled for reuse with modification”.
Good luck in your search!