Sometimes not all of us bloggers can take our own photographs, and that’s exactly why stock photo websites exist!
There are paid sites which allow you to purchase the image you need at a particular size, as well as free sources that allow you to use their photos for personal and commercial projects. Today, I’m going to focus on the free stock photo sites, but first, a quick note:
A note about licenses
License terms apply with free stock photos. The images are usually licensed under creative commons, which means that you can modify, copy, and distribute the work (even for commercial purposes) without having to ask for permission.
You cannot sell them. There are some sites or particular images that might require you to add an attribution of some sort, so always be sure to check the permissions of the images you want to use.
I’ve done my best to list the general license terms beside each site below.
Free Stock Photo Sites
Unsplash – 10 free high-resolution photos posted every 10 days. Licensed under creative commons.
DesignersPics – Great styles of photos for blog posts. Creative commons license.
Magdeleine – Hand picked stock photos. Can search by license type, creative commons or attribution.
StockSnap.io – Offers an amazing selection of free images under the creative commons license.
SplitShire – Free stock photos by a photographer/web designer. Creative commons, accepts donations.
Gratisography – Amazing high resolution and totally unique photos by Ryan McGuire, licensed under creative commons.
New Old Stock – SUCH a cool site. Real vintage photos from public archives. Free of copyright restrictions.
Picjumbo – Lots of free stock images licensed under creative commons.
Snapwire Snaps – 7 free photos every 7 days. Creative commons license.
Little Visuals – Sign up to get 7 free images to your inbox every 7 days. Creative commons license.
Stock Vault – Photographers and designers share their photos, for free! Non-commercial use.
Life Of Pix – Free stock photos by a Montreal design agency. New photos added weekly, creative commons license.
Kaboompics – Free photos for personal and commercial use.
Death to the Stock Photo – Sign up for their mailing list to get free stock photos emailed to you every month. Creative commons.
Superfamous – Free beautiful high res photos. Creative commons but requires attribution.
Startup Stock Photos – Totally free. Go make something. Blog style site. Creative commons.
IM Free – Newer resource for stock photos, graphics, icons, and more. Creative commons license, some attributions required.
FreeImages – Used to be StockXchange. Free stock photos, check each photo license.
Getrefe – Free mobile and real life photos licensed under creative commons.
Free Nature Stock – Photos uploaded daily, focused on nature. Can use however you want.
Stokpic – Totally free photos for commercial and personal use.
Re:splashed – Really nice collection of HD images. Lots of landscapes and city pics. Creative commons.
Stock Up – Search the best free stock photo sites in one place.
MMT – Blog format free stock image site by Jeffrey Betts. Creative commons license.
Camarama – Stock photography from public domain. Creative commons license.
Pexels – 5 new high quality photos daily. Creative commons license.
ISO Republic – Free high quality photos for creatives. Blog style site. Creative commons license.
SkitterPhoto – License free high quality images.
Jay Mantri – Photographer offering free photos. 7 new photos added every Thursday. Creative commons.
The Pattern Library – If you’re looking for a cool pattern, this is the place!
You are sure to find the perfect photo with this list of sites! Make sure to check out our blog post on how to use stock images correctly.