Free stock photos are a great resource, especially when you’re bootstrapping a new business or starting a new blog. Whether it’s for your website, Keynote or PowerPoint presentations, your blog or social media; free stock photos drive home your message far better than content without photos. In fact, all content should always have photos. And remember, graphics and photos will not only enhance your content but they will boost your search engine optimization (SEO) ranking. Always remember to use alt tags with your photos for accessibility.
Here’s a brief overview of the three main types of copyright categories:
Public Domain – Photos in the public domain either have expired copyrights or their creators have relinquished all their rights. These photos are free for personal or commercial use.
Royalty Free – This simply means that you pay a fee and then use the photo without paying additional royalties or licensing fees. This also means you don’t have to give attribution.
Creative Commons – By specifying a particular Creative Commons (CC) license, you can use photos that are licensed CC. Photos with a CC0 license means the photographer has relinquished all rights, and a CC 2.0 requires the user to provide attribution.
Here’s the list of websites with 100% free stock photos … you can thank me later.
Pexels – Searchable CC0 images. (By far the best on this list)
Pixabay – Public domain images
SplitShire – Free photos with no copyright restrictions.
Unsplash – New photos released every 10 days. CC0 license.
Burst – By Shopify, free stock photos for entrepreneurs. CC0 licence.
Stockpic – Beautiful free stock photos
Barn Images – Free for personal or commercial use.
FreeRange Stock – Free high-res images, registration required.
KaboomPics – Free for personal or commercial use.
Freestocks – Free and licensed under CC0.
Good Free Photos – Public domain.
Negative Space – Free for personal or commercial use.
StockSnap – Beautiful free stock photos
Public Domain Archive – Free for personal or commercial use.
Jay Mantri – Free and licensed under CC0.
ISO Republic – Free to use.
PicJumbo – Free for personal or commercial use.
Life of Pix – Public domain images.
MMT Stock – Free to use under CC0.
Shot Stash – Free stock photos for all your projects.
Foodie’s Feed – High-res food images.
Pickup Image – Searchable database of public domain images.
Photogen – Free for personal or commercial use.
Gratisography – Free images by Ryan McGuire. CC0.
Death to the Stock Photo – Delivered monthly to your inbox.
Skitterphoto – License-free photos, free to use under CC0.
Morgue File – A huge repository of free photos.
pdpics – Public domain images.
New Old Stock – Vintage photos
Free stock photos samples
Be sure to check the licensing on each website as they are always subject to change. It’s important to use photos that are legal. If at all possible, mention the source or the photographer.
Please feel free to reference this article when you need a photo for your project and share this awesome resource with others that are in need of quality, free stock photos for their projects. Remember when I said, “you can thank me later”?
It’s later. 🙂