33 Epic Sites With Breathtaking Free Stock Photos
No matter how good your product is, you must present it in a clean, professional and most important natural way. Imagery is one of the strongest element in any form of design making an emotional connection with your customer so you should pay incredible attention to what imagery you use to represent your brand.
“Good design is good business.” — Thomas Watson, Jr.
As a designer myself, I can’t stand ugly cliché stock photos, amateur level pictures and other low-quality imagery used in any business. Luckily, I’m not the only one.
Unsplash, one of the leading distributors in the free stock photo game recently announced their updated version on Product Hunt and disclosed some mind-blowing numbers. Over 50,000 photos on Unsplash receive over 600 million photos a month.
Unsplash was one of the pioneers of free stock photos with “do whatever you want” licence, formally known as Creative Commons Zero (CC0), which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer.
Today I am sharing 33 epic sites with breathtaking free stock photos you can use for your personal and commercial projects.
Why you should use free stock photos instead of ones you find anywhere online:
- Avoid lawsuit
- Connect and engage with your audience
- Shape better brand image
- Illustrate your writings
- Increase the likeability social sharing
Important: make sure to double-check the licence of any photo you intend to use for your project. Even if the licence doesn’t require to attribute the author it’s always a nice and fair thing to do.
Unsplash — One of the greatest resources for free photos. Over 50,000 of real and honest photos contributed by talented people.
Pexels — A powerful stock photo search engine for CC0 licensed images from various sources.
Barn Images — Two photographers from Latvia, Igor Trepeshchenok and Roman Drits offer you a collection of free high-resolution non-stock photography.
Death to the Stock Photo — Free monthly photo packs for creatives. A photo & inspiration haven for creatives crushing their path.
Picjumbo — A free stock photo site created by designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013. It all started when any stock photo site didn‘t want his photos due to lack of quality.
FoodiesFeed — A delicious resource of free realistic food images in high resolution and free digital goods related to food.
Snapwire Snaps — Get 7 free beautiful photos every 7 days by Snapwire. Commissioned photos from 200,000 of the world’s most talented photographers.
BucketListly Photos — A free creative common collection of travel photos anyone can use. Brought to you by Pete R., founder of BucketListly.
Tookapic — Essentially, a platform for starting your “photo a day” project, Tookapic has a marketplace for stock photos and a huge selection of free images.
Startup Stock Photos — Simple, trendy photos of the startup environment and equipment. An excellent resource for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators & everyone else.
Skitterphoto — Amazing collection of high-quality and vivid photos taken by three skitter photographers residing in Groningen, The Netherlands.
Free Nature Stock — A project by the talented Adrian Pelletier, providing completely free nature photos of some absolutely beautiful locations, and the best part is that every single day there’s a brand new photo added.
Jay Mantri — Jay Mantri is a graphic designer and photographer that captures amazing photos specifically for use within design projects.
Life Of Pix — Free high-resolution photos under public domain, mentioned CC0 licence. Photos are provided by Leeroy advertising agency in Montreal and its network of photographers.
Photo Collections — Another free stock photo project by Vadim Goncharov. He openly invites you to use his photos on personal or commercial projects all for free.
Picography — Free hi-resolution photos with the “use them however you like” licence provided by Hidden Depth.
Peekspace — Patrick Goethe collects and curates free space photos scattered around the web.
IM Free — A curated collection of free web design resources including photos, all free for commercial use.
Kaboompics — A great place to get breathtaking free pictures for business or personal projects.
Gratisography — High-resolution photos by Ryan McGuire you can use for free on your personal and commercial projects.
ISO Republic — Tom Eversley, a designer and photographer from England provides exclusive free and premium stock photos for creatives.
PhotoStockEditor — A growing collection of free high-resolution images for personal and commercial use.
Pixabay — Another useful stock photo search engine for CC0 images with over 580,000 free photos, vectors and illustrations.
Travel Coffee Book — A large collection of beautiful travel moments available as CC0 photos.
Stocksnap — Hundreds of high-resolution images added weekly. All photos are free from copyright restrictions, meaning no attribution is required.
SpaceX Photos — Exclusive collection of promotional SpaceX stock photography available for free on Flickr.
The Pic Pac — Authentic photo packs with “do whatever you want” licence. All packs are “pay what you want” meaning you can get them for free or support the project by donating any amount of money.
Negative Space — Free stock photos added every week. All photos are released under CC0 licence.
Epicantus — Hi-resolution photos added every week by visual and UX designer and lean startup coach Daria N.
Stock Up — Dynamic free stock photo search engine with 11,233 indexed at the time of writing.
Cupcake — Photographer Jonas Nilsson Lee offers free images to the public domain. That means no attribution ever unless, of course, you want to.
MMT — Jeffrey Betts provides free photos for personal and commercial use under CC0 license.
Moveast — A collection of a Portuguese guy traveling the world and generously sharing his photos for free.
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By now you should feel relieved as there are so many free stock photos to take your brand to the next level. You might be confused with different licenses mentioned in this article, but essentially public domain, CC0, Creative Commons Zero and “do whatever you want” are the same, meaning you are free to use images for personal and commercial purposes for free with no attribution required.
To avoid any misunderstandings always double-check the licenses, and if in doubt just give credit.
What’s your favorite free stock photo resource?
Originally published at www.forbes.com on March 7, 2016.