Death to Stock Photography: The Free Image, Photo and Pattern source to rule them all
Another list I’ve been maintaining and extending for a while — now imported and updated for Medium. I’ll be adding some graphic examples here to the list over the next couple of weeks.
When building this list, I looked deeply at each site and was continually surprised by how good the photography was.
You don’t have to settle for clichéd crud — with a couple of minutes work, you’ll find something that transcends your opinion of what’s available.
IMAGE META SEARCH
Use Google for your free image search, naturally!
Excellent one-stop shop.
Flickr free image meta search.
Use Bing too!
Search engine for free photos
Creative Commons image search.
Image meta search engine.
Search by CC license type on Flickr.
Another great source of images.
Search 500px by the type of CC license.
List of resources and meta search facility
Meta search for CC0 (free) photos.
DO WHAT YOU LIKE FREE IMAGES
Several hundred totally free images.
Many Creative Commons images on here.
Lovely images, totally free
Excellent images, creative commons.
Superb images, all creative commons.
Vintage photos from public archives, totally free.
Lots of good images, no restrictions.
Lots of good images, no restrictions or CC.
10 free photos every 10 days. Nice stuff.
4k+ free patterns, fabrics, textures. Useful.
As it says — free and subtle patterns.
Nice Creative Commons images.
Free illustrations and schematics.
Free if you give photo credit.
Some free photos and resources.
Lots of lovely cliched startup photos your clients will love and their customers will hate <grins maliciously>.
Royalty free nature photography — great stuff too.
CC photos for free.
Free high res CC images.
Free CC images, high res.
7 new photos a week — nice food photos!
Some great free photos from Montreal.
Minimal restrictions (no resale) — food photography!
Architecture, Fabrics, Texture — great stuff — no resale but unrestricted.
Creative commons textures, surfaces, backgrounds, patterns — great stuff.
16k images. No resale but unrestricted.
1k+ images. Completely free.
500+ images. Completely free.
5K free photos.
Lots of free photos.
Free — some really cool stuff.
Curated public domain photos.
Minimal photos, no restrictions.
New photos added weekly, all CC0.
CC0 images — lots of them!
Yeah — huuuuge photos, all free CC0.
Large range, CC0 so all free.
Search for CC0 images.
2 free images each day.
Completely free images — some excellent.
Big source and nice grid view of images by category — all completely free.
Nearly 1K completely free images — very nice landscapes.
Public domain photos — free.
Curated CC0 freely usable photos — nice idea!
Vintage public domain stuff.
Some very nice closeups and background type photography.
CC0 and completely free images — high res.
Free photos, by collection.
Awesome travel photos, all free.
CC0 licenses so completely free.
Leftover pics of the world, unite.
Free CC0 images
Completely free high res images.
CC and free.
Some stunning images, drip fed!
2.4M images, minimal restrictions.
100k images, minimal restrictions apply.
Wide range of images, minimal restrictions.
1K+ images, very minimal restrictions.
500+ images, minimal restrictions.
372k images, credit required for source, can be modified.
27k images, credit required for source.
27k images, credit required for source.
63k images, some restrictions.
See some of their good stuff!
Abstract, architecture, fashion — free apart from resale.
Some restrictions — many categories.
7 free photos, every 7 days.
App which inserts your website into videos or screenshots. Really impressive way to have people ‘looking’ at the ‘chosen’ website on a mobile phone or monitor. Just so crazy and easy I had to include it, despite the high res versions not being free!
Crowdsource photography and get people to take pics locally!
BAD STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY
This keeps me going in the long winter months:
My own linkfarm at:
Citizen Stock - Images of real people (not models) - some royalty freelinkli.st
Why Presentation and Context Are Crucial to E-Commerce Product Photoslinkli.st
Women Proud of Their Two Apples, Men Laughing Alone with Cellphoneslinkli.st
And these motherlode sources:
This is my collection of the best websites to find free photos, icons and patterns. If you'd like to suggest a resource…www.sitebuilderreport.com
It can be insanely hard to find high quality, high-res free stock photos for personal and commercial use.medium.com
If you are searching for some free photo databases, you may find it difficult to find such sites which contain images…smashinghub.com
I've noticed a (very welcome) trend lately where sites provide top quality, non-stock, photos up for free on a regular…wefunction.com
After such a good response to my previous post, I've found 13 more sites that offer high quality, completely free…wefunction.com
AllTheFreeStock.com is a curated list of free stock 📷 images, 🎼 sfx and 📹 videos. Find all the best free stock…allthefreestock.com