The process of locating free stock photography has always been a grueling task. Only recently have multiple resources popped up online offering freely-available high resolution photography at the click of a button.
Note that many of these resources use the CC0 license which allows you to download, edit modify, and publish without attribution. These are the most public domain photos you can possibly find and they’re collected in many of these websites free of charge!
Just be sure to check the photo’s license before downloading. Not all photos are CC0 and different rules can apply to different items.
PhotoPin helps bloggers find photos for their blog and makes adding them to their post fast and easy.
Just search for any topic using the search box, preview the photo, and click “get photo” to download the photo as well as the proper attribution link.
Compfight is an image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. They utilize Flickr’s API for images.
My favorite free photo resource is Pexels because of the high-quality uploads and consistent publishing schedule. Their layout is phenomenal and the search feature works as expected.
I can’t find anything bad to say about Pexels and I highly recommend it as a Creative Commons photo resource.
FancyCrave makes the promise of publishing 2 new stock photos every single day. The site is formatted like a blog so it does take some scrolling to go through everything. But you can also sort content by categories like architecture, food, nature, tech, etc.
StockSnap is a very well-designed stock photo website. It features an impeccable search bar with a quality user experience.
New photos are added frequently and they all fall under the CC0 license(ie. completely free). You can sort photos by date, views, downloads, or even sign up for an account to save your favorites.
Gratisography is a unique resource because all photos are uploaded by Ryan McGuire. He’s a photographer that has decided to release free high-res photos online to help the community and get his name out there.
New photos are added weekly and all come in HQ resolutions.
Magdeleine is a newer stock photo resource with some incredible content. All photos are hand picked with 1 new photo every day. You can sort by CC0 or attribution license, but all photos are free to use with lax terms.
I only recently found Free-Images.cc and already love the site. It has a bustling design with quality photos uploaded weekly. All photos come in a Creative Commons 0 license and are organized by tags + categories for quick perusal.
All photos from Realistic Shots can be used for personal or commercial projects. Seven new photos are published every week at high-quality resolutions. The site uses lazy-loading so it’s easy to scroll through photos on a whim.
Pixabay offers both free photos and videos under the CC0 license. At the moment the site offers over 540,000 items of varying topics and degrees. It’s the best site to find not only stock photos, but illustrations and videos as well.
Negative Space places a lot of focus on tech and digital stock photos. These can be great for startups and digital publications that need free photos for their content.
Granted the site is an overall stock photo gallery with a whole lot more than tech content. Try searching for images or just browse to see what’s available.
The fantastic service FindA.Photo is more like a repository and serach archive. All photos are completely free under a CC0 license and labeled with various tags. You can search by date, source, keywords, or even colors found in the photo.
Unsplash was one of the original free CC0 stock photo websites based on Tumblr. New photos are added constantly by users and photographers alike. Their motto is “10 new photos every 10 days”. If you want quick updates you can subscribe for e-mail notifications when new photos are released.
cc0.photo is a newer blog made specifically for public domain photography. Content is updated daily with fresh new photos for download. You can search through over 15 different categories and all images are completely free under the CC0 license.
Stokpic offers a mix of both premium and free content. New photos are uploaded sporadically but the site already features a tremendous library of content.
You can sign up for the free newsletter to get updates every 2 weeks. This is a fantastic way to stay on top of new releases both free and premium.
FuriousCamera is yet another fantastic blog promising a new hi-res photo every day. It uses the same blog-style layout as many other Tumblr photo sites and still seems fairly new with a growing audience.
Alana is a phenomenal website with some enthralling stock photos. Everything on the site is free to download and use in any project either personal or commercial.
The design is also super easy to use with a brilliant search feature and thumbnail photo layout. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re likely to find something on Alana.io.
Epicantus is a simple Tumblr blog offering free hi-res photos every week. Since Tumblr can be difficult to keep up with I recommend following the RSS Feed if you want instant updates.
Cupcake is a nice little resource created by Jonas Nilsson Lee, a photographer based out of Sweden. Cupcake is his free resource where he releases CC0 photos for the design community.
As a Tumblr blog, Crow The Stone is not perfect as a search repository. It does offer great photos in high resolutions but only flows like your typical blog design.
Thankfully it has lazy-loading so you can just keep scrolling to find more and more great photos.
ISO Republic is an incredible source for high-quality stock photos. The design is easy to use and offers a clean experience searching for whatever you need. It has been online since 2014 and continues to publish fresh content every week.
These resources should offer more than enough room to find top-quality photos at the best possible value – free!
Some websites offer subscription updates while others behave more like search engines. Find the sites that best serve what you’re looking for and be sure to bookmark them. You never know when you’ll forget a site and it’s good to have links readily available.
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