Photography is an integral part of what we call design. But with so many crappy photos available on the net of two businesspeople shaking hands, not only do we find such stock images crappy but they cost a lot of money.
To make up for this image crunch, there are a lot of websites that are popping up which provide free stock images for everyone to use. In this post, we look at some of the stock images sites available online.
The great part of these websites is that they are free user rights that are available and they are free from copyright that means you can download, work, and distribute the stock images for commercial purposes.
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable, and also easy to discover through their discover page. Currently, they have over 40,000 free stock photos. And every month around 3,000 new high-resolution photos will be added.
With over 300,000 free high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers, Unsplash makes stock photography hunt fun for everyone. Being one of the largest stock photography’s available with a huge library of photos and thousands more being added each day, chances are we’ve got a photo for you.
Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright-free images and videos. All contents are available under Creative Commons Zero, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist, even for commercial purposes. You can copy, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission or giving credits to the artist.
Stocksnap is the best place on the internet to find beautiful free stock photos. We curate nothing but the highest quality images from a pool of submissions and feature them on the site free for download. All photos uploaded on StockSnap are released for free under Creative Commons and do not require attribution.
Burst is a free stock photo site that is powered by Shopify. We have 1000’s of high quality and royalty-free images available and free to download. This includes a wide variety of images ready for you to choose from and create with. We built this site to empower designers, developers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs to create stunning websites and marketing campaigns. https://burst.shopify.com/
Flickr has always been a reliable source of free images and is still is to the day. It’s important that you understand what Creative Commons license is attached to the image you are using, there are eight different license categories and not all images on Flickr can be used the same way.
Snapwire Snaps is another option that delivers free images to your inbox, adding to your supply every seven days with seven new offerings. If you are a Tumblr user you can even follow Snapwire Snaps and never miss a new photo. With a little over a year’s worth of images, this isn’t the largest online database of free stock images, but it’s definitely one worth adding to your bookmarks.