In a previous post, we outlined 101 tools and resources you could use in all things web-related. One of the many topics we touched upon was stock images, where we gave you 5 great websites to use. Here’s a full list of a variety of websites for free stock images!
You can thank us later!
1. New Old Stock
This one’s probably different from what you might be expecting. It’s a collection of free to use photos from a different age. Boasting photos in black and white which tell the tale of time these pictures are great if you’re looking for something with a vintage feel.
2. Foodie’s Feed
Another specific one, Foodie’s Feed is (as the name implies) a collection of free stock photos of food. The site offers fantastic free photos, split into categories for your convenience. However, it also offers high-quality packages at an affordable price – perfect if you’re working on a particular project and want something a little bit more exclusive.
This one might seem out of place, but the truth is that Flickr can be a fantastic resource for certain images. By searching for images under the Creative Commons license you can find some stunning images of locations or objects. Simply find the photo that interests you and check what the uploader’s copyright rules are (such as requests for attribution).
Releasing 10 new photos every 2 weeks, Stokpic provides just what you’d expect. Great quality stock photos for you to use, absolutely free! What’s more is that the photos are categorized, making the search for the perfect picture easier!
Kaboompics offers beautiful photos for free (with extra goodies for subscribers) which perfectly capture many different aspects of life. The vast range of photos is a great place to look for images to improve your content and attract a reader’s eye.
Updated weekly all photos on Gratisography are taken by Ryan McGuire. This gives the photos a more personal touch, and the site offers a range of photos – from beautiful scenic shots – to ridiculously quirky ones. Perfect for a break from the mundane!
Jeshoots is more or less what you’d expect from a “traditional” stock photography website. It offers many photos to choose from, all neatly categorized. What’s more, is that it offers a selection of mock-ups that are free to use – all you have to do is share a tweet about it! Not bad right?
PicJumbo has a great selection of photos (all categorised for your convenience) which includes festive images (such as Christmas ones), and even mockups. The site also offers a “go premium” offer for more high-quality photos delivered straight to your inbox.
MorgueFile is a collection of photos that may be uploaded by different people. The majority of the photos are nature shots and whilst the images are free to use, the creators of the site encourage accreditation to the photographers.
“Made in Italy with love”, as the site says, these images are completely free to use without the need for accreditation. Navigating through the pile of photos is easy using the categories on the side, making finding the image you need hassle-free!
11. Life of Pix
Updated regularly, Life of Pix boasts some beautiful imagery with no copyright restrictions. The images available cover different themes, and the “submit” section allows photographers to include their work for all the world to see!
12. Snapwire Snaps
This tumblr blog holds a collection of high-quality images that may be used without any accreditation. The images included in the blog range from pictures of people to pictures of urban landscapes. So there will certainly be something for everyone!
13. Public Domain Archive
Completely and utterly free, the Public Domain Archive includes photos from all aspects of life and is updated weekly. This means fresh content on a regular basis!
14. ISO Republic
“Free photos for creatives” is what ISO Republic claims to offer, and that’s just what you’ll get! The site has categories like “urban” and “textures” which provide a different selection of photos from some of the usual stock image sites. Check it out!
15. Get Refe
Another great tumblr blog, this one with inspirational scenic images. While not necessarily easy to apply to most content, they serve as easy inspiration on a dull day and could work well as featured images for your blog posts.
16. Super Famous
Super Famous is full of stunning photographs, all taken by Folkert Gurter. The photos are free to use, providing that you give credit to the photographer and owner of the site. Epic images for epic content.
These photos are free, ‘do whatever you want’ photos taken by Jonas Nilsson Lee, making them perfect for any project. With a variety of stunning scenic shots, you could easily get lost in the collection of images as you search for that one photo!
Our penultimate one on the list is another collection of beautifully composed images of a variety of scenic landscapes along with moments from everyday life! Check it out.
Last but not least here’s one freshly released. StockSnap, is a collection of scenic photos. Of course, the album is still growing, so watch the space for more great photography!
With all pictures being licensed under Creative Commons Zero this means that the photos can be used by anyone for anything without providing any source! The site includes a search function and separates pictures into categories such as ‘art’, ‘city’, and ‘nature’.
21. Wikimedia Commons
22. A Prettier Web
If you’re looking for something somewhat girlier then this website is great for you. The owner of the site regularly uploads helpful posts, and also includes great freebie giveaways of more than just photos! Check it out for yourself.
23. Boss Fight
With 10-20 Free High Res photos for you to use on a daily basis, this is definitely one of the better sites for stock imagery!
‘Free high-quality images you can use anywhere’ is what the tagline says – and that’s what you’ll get! The website boasts a selection of high-quality images for you to use – completely for free!
25. Free Images
The name pretty much says it all! Images are free to download for users and the site offers a variety of stock images and vectors. You do have to pay attention to the copyright terms of the image you are downloading though.
Offering a variety of categories and a handy filter feature so as to filter between commercial and “all” Albumarium has many photos to choose from to fit any blog post you have. We just love their ‘dog’ section!
If you’re looking for jaw-dropping high res photos Unsplash is perfect! Whilst most images are landscapes you will find a selection of photos that, with a little bit of creative thinking, can be used in a blog post!
28. Jay Mantri
Uploading 7 new photos every Thursday which are free to use Jay Mantri provides a selection of landscapes, cityscapes, and pictures of yummy looking food! Like Unsplash this site doesn’t offer a search function so you might have to scroll through to find what you need!
29. Little Visuals
This website is full of absolutely stunning high res photos of nature and landscapes – all free to use. Sadly, the owner of the site – Nic aged 26 – passed away at the end of 2013. His family has stated that they might upload Nic’s unpublished photos in the near future. We would like to dedicate this post to Nic.
That’s it for today, but if you’re not happy with this list, you might want to look at this huge list of the best stock photo sites compared, so you can check out which ones are useful for you.
Clearly, there are plenty of fantastic websites for you to use. So next time you’re working on a project why not break the mould and use some stock imagery that is truly eye-catching and doesn’t break the bank! Just don’t forget to give credit where it’s due. Provide attribution (unless the site says you don’t need to) simply by adding the photographer’s name with a link to his or her website.
If you do have other suggestions, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments below, mention the brand name, no links, please!
Also check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of public domain photos. Appreciate it if you could add it to your list. Thanks.
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I’m emailing you today to let you know that I started http://fancycrave.com/ a few months ago. The site consists of completely free stock photos all taken and edited by me. It’s basically a collection of images from my travels around South East Asia and South America (soon). My aim for these photos is to help designers and creative alike. People can use these images for whatever purpose they please.
I do not make any income from the website. I keep things very simple. I list the photo, its tags, the author, and the download link.
Great review, I know Flickr only from the list. As far as I am concerned, free sources are full of pics with low quality.. I’d like to share a very good service with high quality themes for website creating templatemonster.com ( more than 40 thousands pics, just imagine)Thanks:)
I recently made my project http://www.digforfree.com with thousands HQ mostly travel photos. free use and download. Found this article, hopefully you and your readers will find it helpful