8 Solid Free Stock Photos Websites
If you’re a frequent reader of our website, you’ve probably noticed that we use stock photos on a regular basis. I try my best to find relevant images which will benefit your reading experience. I’ve recently received emails from people asking me where they could find 100% free stock photos for their projects.
Today we gathered a solid collection of royalty free image websites. As bloggers, designers, students, teachers, and business owners we need stock images to make our life easier. Paying every single time you need a royalty free image is a pain in the butt. Fortunately there are tons of online resources that allow you to save money while receiving some of the best stock photos on the web. They say ‘The best things in life are free.’ I would have to absolutely agree.
Before jumping into the list, I must say that search.creativecommons.org is very helpful for beginners. If you don’t want to worry about bookmarking or keeping track of the websites listed below, then by all means go ahead and use this as your number one tool for finding free photos for commercial use.
To help you find royalty free images, we’ve collected a few prominent resources you should consider visiting. Every single site mentioned below allows you to use their images 100% free for personal projects. If you’re planning to use an image for commercial purposes, be sure to fully read the license and rules the author of the photo provides.
Public Domain Images
All public domain images can be used for commercial purposes. Please be careful not to use photos containing logos and products which you have no rights to.
Here are some great public domain photo websites.
During my research for the best sources, I came across many ‘free-stock-photo’ sites. Not wanting to confusing you with 40-100 different websites, I decided to eliminate the low quality resources and only leave the best websites for you to use. I tried to collect websites that allow you, the user, to download images for commercial use. I found too many websites with low quality images, tricky download rules, and personal use only licenses.
I created this list for my personal use. Seeing how much it benefited my life, I decided to publish a post about it. I don’t wish to waste my time or yours. The free photo websites you’ll find below are 100% worthy of you bookmarking them for future use. Enjoy!
Everystockphoto.com is a search engine dedicated to finding free photos. They index and search millions of freely licensed photos across the web and provide you with a simple user experience. The website is very straight forward. Simply search for a unique keyword, and you will be presented with related search results. Once you find an image you like, be sure to read the license terms, located in the right sidebar, before you download.
Stock.xchng is probably the most talked about resource for downloading royalty free images. Nonetheless from time to time, people ignore the fact that you have to read the license terms presented with the images. The license usage is located in the right sidebar in the ‘Photo details’ widget. What I love most about SXC, is that it’s fast, stable, and secure. Searching for images is fairly straightforward and their unique community is constantly active. The website contains over 350,000 quality stock photos from 30,000+ photographers.
Freedigitalphotos.net provides free and premium stock photos. Their free image download requires you to acknowledge that the image you’re using is from them. The free image sizes usually range from 400 x 250-400px. Technically their domain name is misleading. However if you’re running a website and need small thumbnails for your website, Freedigitalphotos.net is a great resource.
Unspash was created by ooomf.com, which is an online marketplace for creative talent. Out of the goodness of their hearts they created Unsplash. On the website you will be able to download high resolution images and do whatever you want with them. The website publishes 10 new photos every 10 days. I’ve been using a few of their images for some of our articles on the site.
Pixabay is your worry free source for high quality free images. They only publish public domain images. This means that whenever you download an image from their website, you don’t have to worry about reading licenses. Every single image on the website can be used in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use, without attribution.
Compfight is a bit different. Compfight is an image search engine using the Flickr API. It’s ideal for people whom are searching for inspiration based on keywords. I searched for cars, and received a visually pleasing page of results. If you wish to download images free for commercial use, you can easily do so by clicking on the commercial tag in the left sidebar. I found that most of the images require an attribution.
Created in 1998 by Michael Jastremski, Openphoto is a niche photo platform for artists, developers, teachers and students. Every single image on the site has some sort of Creative Commons licensing. Be sure to read the usage conditions before you download.
Morguefile was created by Michael Connors in 1996. The website contains over 216,558 free photos. Just like Pixabay, Morguefile allows you to download royalty free images to use in creative projects. Please keep in mind that their portfolio section contains copyrighted images, so be sure to only use the free photo section. If you do decide to download from the portfolio section, you must read the creative commons license.