These 39 Sites Have Amazing Stock Photos You Can Use For Free

It can be insanely hard to find high quality, high-res free stock photos for personal and commercial use. A growing number of websites have amazing photos you can use for your work. Some of them cost money. Not everybody can afford those high quality photos. Fortunately most of these sites have images you can use for free.

I’ve curated a list of awesome sites that have great stock images you can use for free. You may have seen some of them already on other stock photos lists. But you will still find this list useful.

Most of the photos you will find on these sites are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. You can copy, modify, distribute and use for even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, some photos may require attribution. But they are all free to use.

1. The Stocks: The best free photos in one place.

2. Pexels: Best free photos in one place.

3. All The Free Stock: Free stock images, icons, and videos.

4. Designers Pics: Free photographs for your personal & commercial use.

5. Splashbase: Search & discover free, hi res photos & videos.

6. Startup Stock Photos: Go. Make something.

7. Jay Mantri: Free pics. do anything (CC0). Make magic.

8. Moveast: This is a journey of a portuguese guy moving east.

9. Travel Coffee Book: Sharing beautiful travel moments.

10. Unsplash: Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.

11. Death to the Stock Photo: Free photos sent to you every month.

12. Foodie’s Feed: Free food pictures in hi-res.

13. Mazwai: Free creative commons HD video clips & footages.

14. Jéshoots: New modern free photos.

15. Super Famous: Photos by Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter.

16. Picography: Free hi-resolution photos.

17. Pixabay: Free high quality images.

18. Magdeleine: A free high-resolution photo every day.

19. Little Visuals: 7 hi-res images in your inbox every 7 days.

20. Snapographic: Free stock photos for personal & commercial use.

21. Splitshire: Delicious free stock photos.

22. New Old Stock: Vintage photos from the public archives.

23. Picjumbo: Totally free photos.

24. Life of Pix: Free high-resolution photos.

25. Gratisography: Free high-resolution photos.

26. Public Domain Archive: New 100% free stock photos.

27. IM Free: A curated collection of free resources.

28. Cupcake: A photographer’s treat by Jonas Nilsson Lee.

29. The Pattern Library: Free patterns for your projects.

30. Getrefe: Free photos.

31. ISO Republic: High-quality, free photos for creatives.

32. Stokpic: Totally free photos.

33. Kaboompics: The best way to get free photos.

34. Function: Free photo packs.

35. Stock Up: Best free stock photo websites in one place.

36. Paul Jarvis: Free high-resolution photos.

37. Lock & Stock Photos: Free stock photos for you.

38. Raumrot: Free high-resolution picture.

39. MMT: Free stock photos by Jeffrey Betts.

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The Beast Out In The Wild: A 2-month field test of the Fujifilm X-T2

Sumlang Lake, Albay (Mayon Volcano) X-T2 + XF 10–24mm

TESTING

It was early May of this year when I received a very pleasant call from Manila’s Fujifilm HQ. That was when they invited me on board the testing phase of the then yet-to-be unveiled Fujifilm X-T2. The mere thought of being involved in the process was indeed a pleasure to a camera-geek such as myself.

Here’s a quick unboxing of the X-T2 Body

I have to admit, I wasn’t quite as oriented with Fujifilm Cameras at the time except for a short testing stint for the X-Pro 2. But as early as then, I could really appreciate Fujifilm’s dedication in creating cameras that their users would love. The first step of the process began with the X-T1 and everything that the users wanted to improve about it. After that, every step of the process allowed feedback from X-photographers and us other-brand-users that allowed further improvement of the camera and it’s already efficient user interface.

RENEWED PERCEPTION

Tinipak River, Rizal Philippines X-T2 + XF 10–24mm

I have to be honest. Being a photographer who started tinkering with cameras during the golden years of the DSLR era, I was resistant to the evident shift that many photographers definitely made when the so-called Mirrorless Revolution began. As a landscape photographer who has quite high standards for both sensors and glass, I had a lot of doubts about the feasibility of a smaller camera with smaller lenses competing or even topping the full-frame DSLR Image Quality. Suffice to say that now, I am one of those who doubt if Full-Frame is actually even a necessity. The APS-C sensors of these top-of-the-line X-cameras make the bulky full-frame DSLR format seem like just belly-fats to an athlete. Unnecessary weight.

SIZE DEFINITELY ISNT EVERYTHING

Bonifacio Global City, Philippines X-T2 + XF 10–24mm

In that line of thinking, let’s keep this short. I did not expect something so compact to create such a good image. More importantly, a good image with this size. In fact, as far as cameras go, especially for outdoor photographers who carry around a lot of gear to various locations, LESS IS DEFINITELY MORE. Less size means more possibilities, more flexibility, greater distances, greater heights. Less Limitations.

DESIGN AND FUNCTIONALITY

Quitinday Hills, Albay Philippines X-T2 + XF 10–24mm

The two aspects are usually independent of each other. Design usually means the exterior and over-all look of a product and functionality of course pertains to efficiency for the user. What I noticed with Fujifilm is that the two aspects seem to be embedded within each other. With the X-series Cameras, design also means functionality. Within the vintage-looking Mirrorless cameras come a very user-friendly and workflow efficient design that allows photographers to think less of the camera and focus more on the shooting. Fujifilm takes design not only as a way to make cameras look good but ultimately to make it a good camera.

Pasig CIty, Philippines X-T2 + XF 10–24mm

Within your fingers’ reach are all the necessary adjustments needed when shooting. The ergonomically placed dials don’t only make the camera look good but it allows the photographer to adjust the exposure settings without having to take his eyes off of the subject. There’s no immediate need to look at the screen menu which allows for a more reactive workflow and that means there’s less to think about when shooting.

The live viewfinder, as can be found in almost all X-cameras, can give a precise preview of what the photographer is shooting even in harsh light conditions.

Bonifacio High Street, Taguig, Philippines X-T2 + XF 10–24mm

Landscape photography and great, dynamic compositions don’t always present themselves to you automatically. Oftentimes, one would have to go high or go low to take different angles to give a unique perspective. The 2-plane tilting screen adapts to that need and gives the photographer a possibly less strenuous shooting experience.

BOOSTED POSSIBILITIES

image from http://www.fujifilm.com/

The optional vertical booster grip is best known for making the camera shoot up to 11 frames per second. While that is absolutely incredible, it does not have much application in Landscape Photography. However, the fact that it allows 3 batteries to be on board at once, seamless shooting for time-lapse and star trails is made possible. Heck, you can just leave the camera shooting there for the entire night while you sleep.

RESILIENT BUILT

Cagsawa, Albay Philippines X-T2 + XF 10–24mm

While most landscape photographs show pleasant weather, some of the most intriguing images are those taken in harsh conditions. Added to that, the travels that lead to the most amazing locations don’t always welcome you with blue skies and sunlight. A good camera, more importantly, a good camera for the travelling photographer has to withstand as much water and moisture as possible. Truth is, some of the best photographs taken of nature are often the ones taken in very risky situations. The camera has to adapt to that no matter what and the weather proofing of the X-T2 surely can take the challenge.

THE UNQUESTIONABLE PROWESS

Bonifacio Global City X-T2 + XF 14mm

There’s absolutely no need to talk about the image quality of this camera. If you were impressed with the X-Pro2, then imagine it in a buffed up body and pumped up by a vertical grip. The X-T2 brings the image quality of the X-Pro2 in a format loved by photographers who embrace fast-paced workflows. But even with that said, only the images can truly speak of its sensor. See for yourself.

*Gear used in the photos in this article: Fujifilm X-T2 body, XF 10–24mm lens, XF 14mm lens, Benro Master Filter System, Benro Scorpion Transformer Tripod*

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5 Photographers That Find Beauty in The Mundane

Written by Amy Smithers for #PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine

Happy World Photo Day!

Celebrating 177 years, today marks the invention of the Daguerreotype process developed by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. The first event started in 2010, reaching more people every year, so what better way to celebrate than to introduce you to 5 photographers that have recently caught our eye.

“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them” — Elliott Erwitt

It’s widely considered that you need the best camera equipment, training and years in art school to find the most remarkable subject matter, and create impeccable compositions. Although those factors are vital to a degree, we forget how wonderful and intriguing our everyday life is. If we change our perspective, on our camera or in our minds, we can often create something magnificent or amusing in places we never expected it to be.

With this quote in mind, we present to you 6 talented photographers that find the beauty in the everyday…

Jason Shulman

(Wizard of Oz 1930)

(Rope 1948)

Jason Shulman creates long-exposure images capturing full-length films on a single negative. A concept started as an experiment when Shulman exposed a film from his laptop to his camera.

Each photograph has a diverse outcome, Shulman explains this happens due to each director changing the scene at different paces and including a range of settings and people. Each image symbolises and exhibits a cinematic masterpiece yet remaining visually minimalistic, compelling the viewer to focus on hue and texture.

Ilse Leenders

Leenders series ‘Tokyo Monogatari’ demonstrates a visualised cohesion between modern day life and traditional culture in Tokyo. Leenders excels at capturing the simplistic beauty of portraits and natural still life in urban landscapes, exaggerating cool tones and exposure. The white architecture is complemented by vibrant greens creating a futuristic aesthetic, exploring the visual absence of traditional heritage of Tokyo.

Stephanie Gonot

(Office Lunching Habits © NEON)

(Fad Diets)

Los Angeles-based photographer, Stephanie Gonot, photographs still life objects on colourful, simplistic backgrounds assembling them in creative compositions. In this series, ‘Office Lunching Habits’ and ‘Fad Diets’ the objects are things we come across everyday without taking a second glance, but Gonot enhances the object’s aesthetic with repetitive patterns and visually pleasing colour schemes. Turning the subject matter into artistic sculpture, she masters the ability to capture beauty in the mundane.

Glenna Gordon

(Rabi Tale, a popular novelist, in the courtyard of her office at the Ministry of Information on October 3 in Kano, Northern Nigeria. She is one of the few novelists who has a “day job” in an office. Many men allow their wives to write because they can do so without leaving the house. © Blink Network​)

(A novel sits on the bedside table of a young girl in Kano, Northern Nigeria, March 1, 2014. © Blink Network)

Documentary photographer and photojournalist, Glenna Gordon, captures significant portrait and allegorical imagery of humanity and loss. Raising Stakes is a series set in Northern Nigeria focusing on love, marriage and education.

Many of the women are novelists often writing stories centered around love and relationships. Gordon’s recent work documents these stories and symbolises lives using artifacts instead of traditional portrait photography.

Jordi Huisman

Rear Window is centered around residential buildings in capital cities, displaying homogeneous architecture and neutral colour schemes. Buildings usually have simplistic and private façades since being exposed to the public, whereas the rear view conveys a more organic way of life; sometimes clutter, laundry and plants. Huisman documents the lives of people we can’t see through artifacts and architecture, exhibiting a different style of portraiture.

(See this series in #PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine Issue 11)

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Flirting with the Devil

Kenneth Jarecke/Contact Press Images Copyright 2016

I originally wrote this back in October of 2012. Not much has changed since then, except that Time’s Lightbox is now a sad parody of the legacy of what Time Magazine once stood for. Exhibit A — the piece the ran on Steve McCurry’s Valentino campaign. What the hell?

Besides that, I’m also on Instagram myself these days. You can follow me here. My excuse? It’s a good place to post pictures that I wouldn’t normally share on my website, my children like it, and it’s easy. A slippery slope I know. Easy isn’t normally the creatives friend.

This post was originally titled, Instagram, the Devil, and You. It was written in response to Time Magazine’s decision to assign photographers to document Hurricane Sandy hitting the greater New York area with iPhones and also to incorporate Instagram’s feed into their coverage.

Kenneth Jarecke/Contact Press Images Copyright 2016

When a photojournalist uses Instagram, the devil smiles. He keeps it handy, in the top drawer of his toolbox, sitting right next to true love.

Like most of his tricks, it promises the user fame, fortune and the admiration of one’s betters. Despite knowing this to be a lie, photographers, even the good ones, often succumb to the temptation.

After all, he’s the devil and knows exactly how to play us.

To be fair, Instagram does deliver a hollow sort of fame. Not the kind of Gene Smith, ready to take a beating in the name of truth, type of fame. More like the 7,200 people saw what I had for lunch and that’ll keep me feeling special until dinner, type of fame.

It delivers the fortune too, just not for it’s users. Instagram became more valuable than the New York Times practically overnight without having to pay for a lick of content. That’s 25% of what Star Wars just sold for and it took George Lucas a good thirty years of hard work to destroy that content.

As for the admiration of one’s betters… scorn, admiration, hey take whatever you can get. There’s no such thing as bad PR, right?

Kenneth Jarecke/Contact Press Images Copyright 2016

Listen, I just bring this up because once again the press dropped the ball on a huge story that impacts the lives of millions of people (No, don’t be silly I’m not talking about the presidential race). I’ve looked through the images made of Hurricane Sandy and I’m stunned by the lack of excellence.

Most of the photographs are REALLY bad. This stuff is important. It’s history. It changes people’s lives. You’re not allowed to make excuses or drop the ball, but sadly most of you did.

Maybe the editors were too busy culling images submitted by their readers. Really, I gotta say it’s sad to see the New York Times and the Washington Post begging for user generated, ahem, free content. (This just in.. A tree fell in Brooklyn!) Where’s your sense of dignity people? These are trying times and here you are stealing desperately needed content from your local FOX affiliate.

The worst of the offenders has to be Time’s Lightbox. Normally I love this site, but sending photographers out to purposely shoot Instagrams is the journalistic equivalent of stringing together an essay from a bunch of tweets. It’s shameful and you should be embarrassed. Not to say these shots weren’t well seen (which is the hardest part), just that they were poorly executed. Which is to say they fail as photographs.

Kenneth Jarecke/Contact Press Images Copyright 2016

For the record, with natural disasters you need a couple of images that show the power of Mother Nature (is it alright to capitalize that without capitalizing devil? I’m not sure). Even though it was at night, John Minchillo got a few of these. Check. Now move on to the important stuff, and by stuff I mean people and the experience they’re going through.

We don’t need more than one picture of a floating car, instead we got dozens. We don’t need to see point pictures, as if you’re documenting a crime scene or making pictures for an insurance company.

All we need is people.

Thankfully, we got a few. Chang Lee’s shot of a patient being evacuated was nice, but somehow rare. Where are the shots of babies being born by candle light and nurses manually respirating patients?

Keith Bedford had a real nice image in the Washington Post, something beyond the normal, here’s a sad person in front of devastation, picture.

Allison Joyce made refreshing images of people being people in the midst of abnormal times. Susan Walsh also had a nice one of these. Mel Evans had several.

There was a nice picture in The Daily Beast’s feed of people at a bar under candlelight, but I screwed up my notes and don’t remember who made it (sorry).

Still, overall I was disappointed by the lack of remarkable images.

Kenneth Jarecke/Contact Press Images Copyright 2016

As for you Instagramers, twenty years from now you’ll be sorry. You’ll be more sorry than I am when I look back on a picture I made twenty years ago with a 20mm lens when I should have used a 28mm.

Years from now, you’ll awake in the middle of the night and suddenly realize putting a fake border on a picture makes the whole picture fake. You’ll understand that the technical choices you made destroyed the longterm credibility of both you and your images.

Instead of having a body of work to look back on, you’ll have a sad little collection of noisy digital files that were disposable when you made them, instantly forgotten by your followers (after they gave you a thumbs up), and now totally worthless.

You’ll wish you’d have made those images on a Pentax K1000 and Tri-X (at the very least or most depending on your age and perspective), but the times you failed to record properly will be long gone.

But don’t listen to me, listen to all your Insta-friends. They love you.

All images here were recently posted on my Insta-feed.

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FlakPhoto Digest #21 — Lo and Behold • Art History for Video Games • Unfinished Art • How Not to Design a Photobook

Visual culture for curious minds / August 19, 2016

Love the way he sees → Olivier Despicht

Hey Gang! Did you miss the Digest last week? We were traveling so I hope you can forgive the outage. Lots of goodies this week and a handful of photo opportunities coming up this Fall: I’m jurying exhibitions at Houston Center for Photography and Atlanta Photography Group and curating an Instagram exhibition for the Brighton Photo Biennial — I’ll post more details here soon. And you can catch my real-time updates on Instagram. Today is #WorldPhotographyDay and Twitter is booming with love — This tweet, from the Harry Ransom Center, nails it:

Lots to look at below the fold: 4 Instagram photographers to follow, plenty of readables for your weekend coffee, an Art21 video preview and a photobook tip from the good folks at Der Greif Magazine. Finally: The Phoenix Museum of Art is again organizing an exhibition of Self-Published Photo Books. Submission is FREE — deadline is September 30. That’s all for now — Happy Weekend! 🤓

Looking for inspiration? I’m recommending photographers on Instagram every day. Some of this week’s #FlakPhotoRecs include (clockwise, from upper left): Andrea Schuh, Benoit Paillé, Kirsty Mackay and Jillian Freyer (follow them!) Submit your work for consideration by tagging me @FlakPhoto in your best images.
#FlakPhotoBooks What are you looking at this week? My pick: Der Greif Issue #9

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