I felt like taking a moment and giving focus to a website I think everyone should be aware of: Unsplash.

What is Unsplash?

Beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any project. Better than any royalty free or stock photos.

Simply put, when you need an image or photo for one reason or another, you can turn to Unsplash and find high-quality options completely free for use. Yes, it is truly free. Here is how they describe it:

Unsplash started as a simple tool for creators. The concept was born from the pain we had in finding great, usable imagery. Today, Unsplash is a platform fueled by a community that has generously gifted hundreds of thousands of their own photos.

How did Unsplash get started?

The story told by Unsplash details one of the founders having a bad experience finding stock photos that fit their need. As a result, they hired a professional photographer to get what they really wanted. When all was said an done, the founder decided to offer up the unused photos free of use. The high demand for these "throwaway" images led to the idea for the website.

What are some examples of photos on Unsplash?

You can search just about anything and get a good set of results. This is not always the best experience as it relies on accurate information of what is in the image, but it has worked well for me.

Here is a series of searches I did and the images that were returned:

"water creek"

Photo by Andy Mai / Unsplash

"pitbull smile"

A pitbull on a leash on a lawn covered with autumn leaves
Photo by Justin Veenema / Unsplash

"laptop desk"

A food blog displayed on the screen of a MacBook on a desk
Photo by Igor Miske / Unsplash

Apps and integrations

One last piece about Unsplash that I love is its integration with the publishing software, Ghost. I use Ghost to run my site here and it supports directly inserting images from Unsplash. This has greatly helped when I really cannot connect my writing with yet another picture of my dogs.