Free Stock Photo Resources 2016 — A Mid Year Update
63 different websites and counting.
Free stock photo resources/websites are increasing, and its a good thing! While it’s unclear who really started it all, some early pioneers include the team from Death To The Stock Photo and Unsplash. From our last count, there were at least 55 different websites dishing out free stock photos to content hungry creatives around the World. Most of these free stock photo websites are run as a side hobby by photographers and/or creatives, and it doesn’t hurt that it helps to increase their profile too.
Slowly but surely however, the problem of finding stock photos comes back to haunt us again. With more websites to browse through, and within each of them Hi-Res eye candy level free photos, You — the content hungry creative, spends too much time searching for it. It is these reasons surely, that sparked the rise of aggregators. We know because this is why we built Raydar.
Aggregators are not easy to build. The technicalities go beyond awesome Hi-Res stock photos, but into the details like how do you retrieve the latest free stock photos (APIs or Crawlers), and what are the criteria that the website must meet before it can be considered a partner source. Beyond good quality free stock photos, things like stock photo keyword strength (the higher the number of accurate keywords, the better) and how the pages are structured on a code level are very important too. Then comes the aggregator site’s user interface and user experience. The website has to be fast and stable, and it must look good. Wait, have we mentioned server cost?
When you put in so much effort into building an aggregator and paying to sustain it, naturally, a question in mind will be “How can I monetise this?” While most aggregators monetise by placing advertisements, Raydar’s model is slightly different — we will soon have licensable stock photos that are more specific and tailored.
In the spirit of sharing is caring, you can find in the list below the latest list of free stock photo aggregators that we have found so far (including ourselves of course), as well as an updated list of independent free stock photo resources, just in case your stock photo requirements are too niche.
Have fun and may the creative force be with you!
What’s Unique: No ads, carefully curated partners, download from partner site.
What’s Unique: Download directly, has ads, you can donate to them if you like their site, Shutterstock affiliate.
3. The Stocks
What’s Unique: Search on original website from their site, has sponsored content like Stocksy and GraphicStock.
What’s Unique: Search on original website from their site, also has other goodies like free stock video, fonts, website templates, sound effects, etc
What’s Unique: Has ads, download from partner site.
What’s Unique: Has user submitted images, can select image size for download, Shutterstock affiliate.
What’s Unique: Has user submitted images, including paid content too.
8. Stock Up
What’s Unique: No ads, download from partner site.
Independent Free Stock Photo Sites:
- Startup Stock Photos
- Jay Mantri
- Travel Coffee Book
- Death to the Stock Photo
- Foodie’s Feed
- Je Shoots
- Super Famous Images
- Little Visuals
- New Old Stock
- Life Of Pix
- Public Domain Archive
- IM Free
- The Pattern Library
- ISO Republic
- Paul Jarvis
- Lock & Stock Photos
- Creative Vix
- Barn Images
- The Pic Pac
- Free Large Photos
- Realistic Shots
- Pickle Jar
- Good Free Photos
- Stock Image Point
- Nomad Pictures
- Vladimir’s Collection
- My Stock Photos
- XXL Stock Photo
- Negative Space
- Nobl Web
- Free Nature Stock
Edited by Keith Teo