Pictures are growing in popularity and is now more than ever an integral part of web design. Many website owners and bloggers are using stock pictures, but unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing terrible stock images of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are a lot of these stock photos tacky, but some of them cost money!
Luckily for us, there’s been a growing number of websites with beautiful stock photography popping up all over the web and the best part is a lot of them are free.
In this post I have made a list of awesome websites for free stock photos.
Quick Note About Licenses
Most of these pictures and photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. What this means is that you can copy, modify and distribute them, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
What you must take note of is that some photos may require attribution. We have done our best to identify which license they fall under but we still advise you to do your own research and determine how these images can be used.
So, let’s dive into our top picks for free stock photos.
Unsplash has a collection of free high-resolution photos and according to a lot of people has become the best source for stock images.
Unsplash releases 10 new photos every 10 days and they’re released under the creative commons public domain license.
StockSnap.io has a big selection of great free stock photos and high resolution images. One feature that is very nice in this site is the handy search feature that makes it easy to browse through the thousands of images and photos available. The site also tracks views and downloads so you can find the most popular photos available.
They add hundreds of images on a weekly basis and all photos are released under creative commons public domain.
Gratisography offers a lot of high-resolution pictures and photos for free that you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New images are added weekly and are free of copyright restrictions.
When you sign up with Little Visuals you will get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days. Images are all released under the creative commons license public domain dedication.
Splitshire is a collection of awesome free stock photos by web designer Daniel Nanescu. The photos are all free for personal and commercial use.
When you subscribe you will get a image pack of 10 photos within a certain category delivered to your inbox every month. The goal of Death to Stock Photos is to bring you a variety of options in which to use for your mock-ups, blog posts or social media.
Death to stock photo uses their own license which you can read on their webpage.
Life of Pix add new pictures every week. It is a resource created by the LEEROY creative agency offering free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions.
Picjumbo is a collection of totally free photos for your commercial & personal works and is updated on a daily basis. They cover a wide variety of categories including abstract, fashion, nature, technology and much more.
Superfamous is the Los Angeles-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter. You can use the work for your own purposes, including commercial use. The only requirement is that you credit the provider. They feature various collections including aerial, biological and geological.
IM Free has a collection of free resources, all for commercial use. Since the images are curated from various sources, some photos may require attribution.
Photo by Kevin N. Murphy
Getrefe has a collection of free mobile photos for your personal or commercial use.
This is a collection of vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions.
Images are public domain and free from copyright restrictions. You will get 7 free photos every 7 days.
Lock & Stock Photos are the works of AJ Montpetit. He’s giving back to the open source community by sharing his photographs under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareALike.
Jay Mantri posts some really nice photos with a variety of different themes. There are 7 new photos released every Thursday under the Creative Commons CC0 license.
Here’s another few good sources worth a mention.
As you can see, there is a fantastic growing number of great resources for stock photography out there. These websites have become a blessing for web designers, bloggers and creative people, people like you and me. If you are in need of some images, then browse through each of these websites and incorporate them into your own blogs and projects.