16 Places to Find the Breathtaking Free Stock Photos
Visual appeal is a must in today’s world of web design and what simpler way to accomplish that than by adding some stunning, eye-catching photographs? We have all heard the idiom “a picture is worth a thousand words” and, as with every good piece of art, a good piece of photography has its price.
Now here is the good part: Yes! You can get professional grade photographs and images for your website, completely free of charge — no catch!
We have compiled a list of some amazing sites that you can get images and photographs from completely free of charge.
Let’s dig right in.
How do you make sure you never run out of content? Keep putting out more content of course! Unsplash makes sure that the site never goes stale by promising 10 new pictures every day.
You get fresh content every day by talented aspiring photographers from all around the world and it’s completely free of charge. All images are subject to the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license which essentially means that you are free to do with them as you please.
Pixabayis like a library of images. I used the word library to describe it because it has over half a million images and because they are neatly sorted into categories. Animals, sports, landscapes, people, nature, you name it, Pixabay has them all.
The site is very easy to navigate and it’s easy to jump across from one section to another. Free of copyrights, free of charge and all yours for the taking.
A project of Folkert Gorter, Superfamous is a collection of images under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, which means you can use them any way you like and they are completely free to download.
The collection of filter landscape shots and macros is really something there, and some of the aerial view photography is arguably the best short of getting in a helicopter with a photographer yourself.
04. New Old Stock
Cole Townsend is the creator of the website New Old Stock. This website publishes images from the public archive that have no copyright restrictions on their usage.
It’s a great idea and the website itself contains some really great images, such as a picture of the monitoring of the launch of the Atlantis space shuttle by NASA on 16th November 2009. Now that isn’t something you come across everyday, is it?
All credits to Ryan McGuire for all the awesome photography on Gratisography, made by Bells Design. All of their images are completely free from copyright restrictions.
With over five sections and great new pictures added weekly that you can download for your use in high resolution, Gratisography is not only a great resource for copyright free images but also a very polished website in itself. Navigation is fast and smooth and everything is neat and ordered.
Getrefe provides license free real life photos that can be all yours just by downloading them. There is much to choose from at Getrefe. Though it may feel a bit random at first, you can often find a gem in the mix.
The images are of great quality and you can just go to the archive to get all the images in a chronological order. You can add filters there to further refine your search.
07. Jay Mantri
Jay Mantri is another treasure box full of great images of high resolution and great colors. Another great thing about it is that you can find a link dedicated to travel photos on the website.
There are a lot of great sceneries and beautiful pictures of places and people waiting to be picked up from in there. You can also go to the archive to narrow down or speed up your search for your required image.
This is one of my personal favorites and it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that I like everything about this website. I like the name, I like the layout and feel of the website, and oh the search options!
Not only can you search the images by categories such as nature, animals, technology etc. But you can also search images according to the dominant colors. So if you are looking for a red, or a gray image to go along with your theme or content, then you can just search by the respective dominant color.
All images in Pexels’ archives are under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, so they are free for any kind of use, personal or commercial, and even for modifications and sharing.
Pexels uploads 70 high-resolution pictures every week and there are currently over 4,500 stock images that are completely free for downloading. It’s a great website with great content to offer and plenty of color rich variety as well.
StockSnap has an ever-growing collection of high-resolution images that are all free from copyright restrictions. Hundreds of new images are added to the site every week. One of the best things about this site is its usability.
Not only do users have the option to search for all sorts of images, they can also sort images based on their date and popularity. The week’s most liked images end up on the Trending page which makes it simpler for viewers to locate the high-rated ones from the stock.
FreeImages offers a diverse stock of high resolution images that keeps on growing. You must have noticed that most free stock images sites primarily store landscape photography. FreeImages doesn’t focus on a particular niche – it’s got everything.
The site even has a search bar fitted into it making it simple to find what you’re looking for. One of the best things about FreeImages is that each image has a detailed description about it – the camera it was shot with, exposure time and where the image was originally taken.
Professional photographers regularly contribute to Picography’s collection of free stock images. All of their photos are random shots, but it’s easy to find a diamond in the rough here.
There are literally thousands of images to pick from! Although the site has a search functionality implemented, I had a fun time simply scrolling through it.
13. IM Creator
IM Creator just might replace your all-time favorite free stock images site. It features a collection of beautiful stock images that aren’t limited to a specific niche. You’ll find all sorts of images in every category from automobiles to recreation and technology to sports.
This site’s standout feature is that every image is available in several different sizes which saves you a ton of time with resizing and cropping.
morgueFile may not have the largest collection, but you’ll find your “everyday” kind of images on this platform. The website enables users to search for images and even filters its collection based on popularity, recency, and most downloads.
Anyone who’s looking for a simple free stock photos site that lets them download images without having to sign up should definitely give the morgueFile a try.
Picjumbo has to be my ultimate favorite site (and soon to be yours, too!) when it comes to finding free stock images for my posts. Not only are all of their images free, but they are searchable too. But it doesn’t end there — Picjumbo has this really neat feature by which it lets you test drive any image you like.
What this essentially means is that prior to downloading it, you can see how it’ll look on your blog and other ways you can make the most of it. Personally, I find it useful to use high-quality images with some text on them in my posts which the site’s test drive feature lets me try out.
16. Snapwire Snaps
Snapwire Snaps has a breathtaking collection of high-resolution images that will leave you wanting more every time. the site stocks licensed and commissioned photos from 200,000 of the world’s most talented photographers. You’ll get 7 new, amazing photos every 7 days.
Although the site doesn’t have a ton of options to pick from you can rest assured that all of the images are hand-picked and some of the very best you’ll find — premium quality images for free!
Wrapping It Up
Hundreds of new, free stock images are available all over the Internet every day. The sites we introduced you to in this post are some of the best stock image sites that offer high-quality images for free. Be sure to check them out!
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Which sites do you go to for free stock images? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!