Stock photography is important whether you have a business website or a personal blog. It sets the tone of what your visitors should expect and can show the world you’re a brand that means business. Here are 42 stock photography websites that will help you achieve all those goals and then some.
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FreePik is a great resource for getting stock photos and vectors. You’ll need to have Photoshop because a lot of their downloads come in PSD format and are watermarked. If you want to remove it then you’ll need to know how to edit.
Death to the Stock Photo is a great place to get high-quality lifestyle pictures from a talented group of photographers. They release a free high-resolution photo pack to their mailing list every month that’s kind of a teaser for the full collection. If you have some extra cash, signing up for their premium membership to get your fix of lifestyle photos isn’t a bad idea.
Iso Republic offers a large library of both free and premium images you can use for your next project. They’re more of a general stock photo provider and have very high-quality images to choose from.
AllTheFreeStock goes beyond just stock imagery. They have a vast curated collection of videos, images, music, and icons that you can use to make something amazing. The website works by pointing you in the direction of the best free stock sites on the web and is regularly updated
Je´ Shoots was created by Jan Vasek and is a repository of high-quality stock images you can use however you like. The only restriction is that you can’t resell or publish the photos as your own.
Foodies Feed, as the name implies, is all about the food. It’s basically a food lovers paradise and is a treasure trove of images for a food blog. All stages of food are represented from catching, cooking, garnishing, and eating.
imagebase, absolutely free photos. Their pictures are nicely arranged into six different categories for you to browse at your leisure. Great option to allow yourself to stumble across some gems. If you’re in a rush, just use the search bar to quickly find what you’re looking for.
stockvault has a large collection of free photos you can use however you like. My only issue with the website is how prominent their advertisements for ShutterStock are. It’s easy to get confused and accidentally click the link that leads you to the ShutterStock Payment page.
freerange has an impressive library of photos with no major theme. You can register for their service or contribute some of your own high-quality photos. You may need to do some digging to find photos that meet your quality requirements, but it can be totally worth it.
MMT was created by Jeffery Betts and is a stock photo paradise for people that love nature. Most of the photos are closeups of flowers with other types of pictures mixed in sporadically.
everystockphoto is a search engine that scans the web for free stock photos and brings you back the most relevant result based on the keywords you used. It’s important to keep a close eye on the type of license the image has to avoid unwanted trouble.
kaboompics has everything from breathtaking landscapes to food that’ll make your mouth water all in one place. Their search function is robust and they give you information about the license so you’ll quickly know if the picture is right for what you want to do.
Skitterphoto has a large collection of public domain images. They upload a single photo every day and chances are you’ll find something you’re looking for. Since they’re public domain images, there is absolutely no attribution required. When I was browsing through the website, it instantly found a few that would be perfect for one of my side projects
DesignerPics is another general stock photo site that lets you use their collection without attribution. They seem to have a secret crush on food because every third picture was of something you can eat. That aside, the search function works pretty well so you can quickly narrow down your options.
Unrestricted Stock has a huge collection of free stock photos and vectors, but sometimes it can be difficult to find the level of quality you need. Fortunately, you can search their database and get what you need with little hassle.
Visual hunt is an aggregator of stock photos. If you type in a search query, they’ll search the internet for the most relevant images. Although they say most of their search results are CC0, it’s still a good idea to double check to make sure you’re in clear waters.
Wylio allows you to search Flickr and other creative commons sources for pictures that are free to use with attribution included.
The problem with free stock photo sites is that you’ll see most of the free pictures floating around the internet. You can get around this by using a low-cost stock photo provider. Fotolia is a great option, especially if you can buy one of the larger packages. They literally have millions of pictures you can use without royalty restrictions.
Shutter Stock is another premium stock photo service that gives you a lot of options that you simply can’t find using the free stock photo websites. The photos here are really high quality, but a littler pricier that what you can find at a place like Fotolia. If you have the resources, it’s not a bad option.
I like 123RF because they have tons of high-quality images and their database is searchable. Keep in mind that they’re a free stock photo provider as well as a premium stock photo provider.
Adobe Stock has a huge repository of images that you can access for just $30/month. That price tag comes with 10 downloads from a library of millions of super high-quality images curated by Adobe.
500px is a creative community that uploads a large variety of photographs spanning everything to wildlife to party scenes. It’s free stock photo site with tight restrictions, but it’ll be well worth your time to look around and purchase a few of the premium photos.
Albumarium is divided into large albums which are equivalent to categories on other websites. You can use their images for free, but you must give attribution to the creator or risk a copyright infringement suit.
This site is a search portal you can use to browse hundreds of thousands of completely free images from around the web. If you have some pictures you want to donate to the movement, there is an option for you to upload photos as well.
Epicantus is a website curated by Daria and delivers a wide range of completely free stock photos to use any way you see fit. They update the website every week with more photos so check back often to find something you can use.
Freedigitalphotos is a little misleading, you can download a lot of free photos but they also have a premium collection. All in all, they deliver a wide range of images for you to choose from. Worth a look.
All of the pictures on Goodfreephotos are part of the public domain which means you can use them for anything. The only issue you may experience is consistently finding a lot of high-quality pics. If you have the time to search, you can unearth some gems.
Gratisography is a free stock photo website with a focus on whimsical urban images. The types of images you’ll see here usually focus on a person rather than landscapes or surroundings. What makes it even more awesome is the ability to search the entire database (you’d be surprised at how many sites don’t have that).
Life of Pix is brought to us by the Leroy advertising agency and is updated on a weekly basis. I love this collection because they have a strict adherence to quality so you know you’re getting the best of the best.
Little Visuals focuses on making larger than life photos out of the smaller things in the world. Bugs, doorknobs, pens, or anything else that is actually small. They have an amazing picture quality with an uncommon attention to detail and it’s definitely worth a look.
Magdeleine uploads a new photograph for your consumption every day. Most of them are really high quality and are captured with the eye of a seasoned photographer. You don’t have to worry about copyrights because everything is free to use.
MorgueFile partnered with Getty Images to bring you a huge collection of high-quality free stock photos. The photos are unrestricted and come with the CC0 designation. No attribution necessary.
One of my team members stumbled across Pexels about 18 months ago and we haven’t looked back since. They have a nice repository of high-resolution images that you can use completely free of charge. While they don’t have a major theme, it seems they have a consistent leaning towards high quality.
The pictures on photober are of a decent quality, but if you search you’ll come up with some true gems. Everything is free and you can use however you like. Their search could use an overhaul but it’s still a good option.
The pictures on picjumbo span a lot of different categories and include everything from scenery to recreation. The majority of them are high quality and will be a good edition to any website.
Pickupimage claims to be the largest collection of public domain images on the internet. There’s no restriction on them and they had the good sense to make their database searchable. The quality you can find is a mix of really amazing to leaving you wondering why they included it.
Picography has a small collection of curated photos that focus mainly on landscapes and urban environments. Because the collection is so small, you can count on the quality being very high.
Pixabay is a beast, they have over 570,000 pictures, videos, and vectors that can be used for anything. Your web design projects, your Facebook ads, or your YouTube video. They’re one of the few stock photo sites that have consistently high-quality offerings.
Raumrot has exactly 859 images that you can use to do whatever you want. The images span a large range of categories and you can count on high image quality.
Unsplash has a huge collection of royalty free images that you can use whenever and however you like. Their collection is not focused on any one thing so almost anyone can find value from what they’ve created. Thankfully, the library is searchable so you can find relevant images in just a few minutes.
Did you notice anything when visiting this website? If you said it looks just like Unsplash then you’re right. Resplash is the alter ego of unsplash with better speed and an improved search functionality.
rgbstock claims to have over 100,000 free stock photos that you can use to work on commercial projects. The collection is eclectic, but you can use their search function to speed up the search process.