Stock Photography Resources

The appearance of a website can be greatly enhanced by quality photographs and images. Fortunately, there are a number of resources online that will help you to find quality photos to use on your website, and some are even free.

The following websites provide free stock photography:
Stock.Xchng
FreeImages.co.uk
FreePhotosBank
DreamsTime

YotoPhoto.com is a search engine dedicated to helping users find free photos.

However, free is not always the best option. Sometimes you can drastically increase the quality of the photography by paying as little as a dollar for a picture. The following websites offer very low cost stock photography:
Stock Xpert
I Stock Photo
Fotolia
DreamsTime
Big Stock Photo

If you are a designer that uses a lot of images, you can get a subscription at the following websites and download unlimited photos:
Shutterstock
Comstock.com
Ablestock
Jupiter Images
Photos.com

With the resources listed above you can give your website professional-quality images for very little cost, or even free.

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  • anthony, July 16, 2007

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention two of my favorite stock imagery sites, istockphoto.com and luckyoliver.com. Istock offers free weekly images as well as some great video, Flash, and vector content for a reasonable price. Lucky Oliver is also an inexpensive option. Although they don’t have as many images, the search interface alone makes it a winner. A free stock site i use is morguefile.com. Again, not quite as robust as some, it’s a great place to start

  • Vandelay Design, July 16, 2007

    Anthony,
    Thanks for the feedback. You’re right, istockphoto.com is a good resource as well. I think I’ll add that to the list. I’m not familiar with Lucky Oliver. Thanks again for visiting!

  • Kenngyadams, February 6, 2008

    Historical Stock Photos.com is a good place to get free pre-sized images for use in blogs, forums, mail, etc.

  • John, March 10, 2008

    I use shutter stock, so far it is pretty good!

  • filtv, March 18, 2008

    ~ 3000 free pictures at http://freeFOTO.ca/. Creative Commons-licensed photos with keyword search. You can use the images free for websites and blogs with attribution.

  • theimage, September 17, 2008

    how about “real” agencies, not just those which rip off photographers?

  • 3D pixs, December 1, 2008

    Stock images are no longer limited to strict photography. Our agency proposes royalty free 3d images and cliparts. These enable even more stunning designs.

  • FX, February 8, 2009

    Wow, thanks for the resources. I bookmarked all of them. I am always looking for new sources of quality material to enhance my website. Thanks again.

  • stockphoto, March 5, 2009

    Good article. I’ve wrote an article about dutch stockphoto websites here:

    Stockphoto websites

    Regards,
    Mark

  • Photography Business, April 16, 2009

    Nice list. Just a note that the best stock agencies for users (ideally great images for free) are not always the best stock agencies for photographers. :)
    Erick

  • I hadn’t ever heard of Yotophoto…thanks for the tip!

  • Vera Volsanska, May 2, 2009

    I (as many others do) contribute my pictures to Public Domain Pictures website you can see my portfolio on http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/browse-author.php?a=87 All pictures are public domain, so you’re welcome to use them for any purpose completely for free :-)

  • Pavel, May 12, 2009

    Good list. I am using some of them sometimes.

    From myself i may add co-photo.com as a resource with free images and designbeginshere.com as the one with a big list of similiar resources.

  • 4design, July 15, 2009

    There is still a very good resource that is worthy of getting to your list: http://www.bluevertigo.com.ar/bluevertigo.htm

  • I agree with the first guy. Glad to see you added istockphoto to the list. My business has used that site often, and its great. Though as a photographer, the proliferation of great free/inexpensive stock agency causes me to wonder about the future of the profession.

    But that’s change.

    Erick

  • arenacreative.com, October 22, 2009

    Also check out http://arenacreative.com for creative RF stock images (graphics, vectors, AND photos) the collection is small, but since you are buying direct from the artist here, the prices are reduced. I sell this same collection under the rest of the above listed microstocks as well, in case you already have credits.

  • Stock photo agency, October 28, 2009

    good list and i used them a lot..

  • Peter, July 2, 2010

    @Anthony: I was sad to see LuckOliver shutdown. I think my favorite right now is StockFresh.com. It is started by the same guys that launch StockXpert before it got sold.

    @theimage: I have heard this opinion from many people that somehow microstock is ruining the industry. Just like other “disrupters”, microstock is changing an industry, not ruining it. We don’t cry to much because companies that made film have to find something else to do. I used to be a wedding photographer charging big bucks/per photo. No I “charge” little buck, but sell them all over. Just a thought.

    As for photos, I find a lot of sites getting more expensive. I try and use http://www.imagetrail.net that lists a couple of sites and search from one place. They recently added StockFresh images. Its only natural as the agencies get reputation and time, they will raise prices to keep the photogs happy.

    Just my thoughts.

  • Valeriy, August 5, 2010

    Maybe it worth include Photl.com to the free stock photo sites list and 123RF and Depositphotos.com to the paid services list. These sites are very interesting in their categories.

  • Marianne, August 30, 2010

    There are thousands of stock agencies with all manner of different licensing options. At Which Stock Agency (www.whichstockagency.com), we review, rate and rank the best ones out there. We also list all the current promotions, news and you can post personal reviews for individual agencies that you particularly like/dislike.

  • Rewards Generator, December 2, 2010

    Can you make a similar post but for Icons and Icon sets?

  • Serena Woo, December 18, 2010

    Helpful list. I stumbled across it when looking for some free images. Another stock agency that I recently found useful (although not free) and might be worth mentioning is Fotegrafik, http://www.fotegrafik.com They have alot of photos with an Asian focus.

    Serena

  • xymonau, April 17, 2011

    http://www.rgbstock.com/ has almost 60,000 free photos and graphics of a very high standard. They may be used commercially as illustrations, etc. They may not be used on merchandise (calendars, cards, t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc) unless the photographer or artist has given permission. The price is right, the quality is right, and the site is growing rapidly. It has been featured on several major websites.

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