A shortlist of the best free stock photo websites.
When you are putting together content for your website an important aspect of communicating to your website target audience is your selection of images. Carefully taken photographs are important in portraying your ideas or sending the right message. However, hiring a professional photographer does not come cheap! Not to mention planning – both your team and the location – is time consuming. And some people just don’t like having their photograph taken. 🙂 So what to do? Get images from Google or other websites and hope no one ever finds out? That’s a huge NO NO, and I am sure you know why. The last thing you want is to be slapped with a lawsuit for using someone else’s photos without permission!
Stock images are your answer. Websites like Getty and Shutterstock provide superb stock photography. But the pricing – oh my gosh! Not friendly for many startups and small business owners. Fortunately, there is a solution – FREE stock photo websites. Yes that’s right. More and more websites are popping up that offer FREE stock photos that you can use on your website. Yes some may require you to include an acknowledgement to the photographer on your website page using the image, but frankly since it’s free, that’s not a bad thing. That said, there are some that are completely open. In the early days these sites had pretty bad images but now it seems there are many hobbyist photographers taking professional photos who don’t mind sharing their work openly if not only for the self-satisfaction that people are noticing their work.
We have put together a list of our favourite FREE stock photo websites that different members of the ProWeb team love to use. These sites we have shortlisted here offer a large catalogue and wide variety of photos. They are also easy to use with good search and filtering functionality which is handy when narrowing down to images thanks you’re looking for.
In no particular order of our favourite FREE stock photo websites are:
Collected from creators from all over the world , Unsplash has a huge collection of stock photos licenced under the Unsplash licence which allows you to use the stock photos downloaded for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.
In addition to photos Pixabay offerrs a large collection of vectors and art illustration that can be used for free.
Pexels tags all their photos and make them easily discoverable on their dicover page.
Powered by Shopify, Burst provides free stock photos with entreprenuers in mind. The majority of photos are original photos taken by Shopify, themed around common business niches.
Picjumbo has a wide varity of categories to choose from including but not restricted to architecture, animals, technology, business, fashiion , food & drink etc.
With over hundreds of images added daily, Stocksnap offers a wide range of free high resolution photos from which you can pick the one most suitable for you.
Picography has been running for 3 years now. It has a collection of aesthetic free stock photos submitted by various photographers. All photos come with a CCO license which means you can use the photos you download for personal or commercial purposes without giving attribution.
Kaboompics is one of the most popular sites for free stock images in the world. Every photo comes with a color palette with free graphics for download. Photos downloaded can bed used for both commercial and non commercial purposes but cannot be sold or redistributed.
Websites you can use for free but require attribution
Icons8 allows you to use their icons and illustrations for free but requires you to credit their site whenever you use them.
There are many more but the ones in this blog post offer great high quality professional photos, and should be enough to serve the majority of your website needs.