10 best websites for free stock photos

10 Best Websites for Stock PhotographyFinding the right image for your website or design project can be a challenging task.

The internet is flooded with awful stock images of business people shaking hands or studying a laptop/ringbinder/clipboard (delete as appropriate).

If this isn’t good enough then please read on…

There are plenty of sites offering paid-for stock imagery but just as many hidden gems offering top quality and original imagery free of charge. A key feature to look out for is that the imagery is legally classed with the Creative Commons public domain deed CC0. This basically means that the image is yours to use however you see fit, whether in the original form or edited in some way.

This is in no way an exhaustive list but simply my personal favourite ten (although it should be noted that the order is purely arbitrary).

If you’re serious about standing out from the crowd then bookmark them all!
 


 

1. Unsplash

This is an excellent site for sourcing images even for commercial use as they are all Creative Commons CC0 (basically public domain) and can be manipulated, cropped and distributed without asking permission.

Unsplash
 

2. Gratisography

All the images on this site are courtesy of photographer Ryan McGuire of Bells Design. He adds images on a weekly basis and all are free of copyright restrictions – all of which are hi-res and can be used for personal or commercial projects.

Gratisography
 

3. Pixabay

As with Unsplash, all images are published under Creative Commons CC0 and in the public domain. Some images will direct you to Shutterstock for paid alternatives but these are clearly marked – otherwise a great site to trawl through.

Pixabay
 

4. Splitshire

Fortunately seem people just love to give, give, give. Web designer Daniel Nanescu is one such person. Splitshire is his collection of stock imagery free for personal and commercial use.

SplitShire
 

5. Photopin

More of a search engine than other sites on this list (it allows you to search based on terms) Photopin helps bloggers find images quickly and easily. Photopin will return some results from iStockPhoto but this is understandable to keep the site up and running.

Photopin
 

6. Death to Stock Photos

Sign up to Death to Stock Photos and receive a pack of ten photos in your inbox every month. They use their own license which can be viewed on their website.

Death to Stock Photos
 

7. Little Visuals

Similar to Death to Stock Photos, this is a website that provides images via email. In this case 7 new images a week. All are Creative Commons CC0 and are truly original images that you won’t find popping up on other websites.

Little Visuals
 

8. Picjumbo

With new photos added daily Picjumbo has a wide range of categories including abstract, fashion, nature, technology and much more; totally free for commercial and personal use.

Picjumbo
 

9. Snapographic

You can use these high-resolution pictures on your personal and commercial projects for free. All pictures on the website were captured by Thomas Mühl and are free of Copyright Restrictions.

Snapographic
 

10. New Old Stock

Last but not least… a collection of vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions.

New Old Stock
 


 
So there you go… each of these sites is worthy of a browse and a bookmark. These website are rapidly becoming an invaluable resource for bloggers, web designer and creative folk.

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts – please leave your comments below.

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