10 of the best free stock photo websites
So you’re investing time into your blog and have a few pieces of content planned, but what about your images? Inbound marketing is entirely focused on creating engaging content for your site visitors and getting them to come back time and time again. High quality images are vital for creating outstanding content and can really help to upgrade the quality of your posts. But sometimes it can be hard to find good images to include, ones that are relevant and interesting. A quick Google search will usually turn up some good results, but then you inevitably see the watermark, and you realise they’re not free…annoying right?
Well we want to help you find some of the most useful free stock photo websites, packed with high quality images to help you with your blogging. Take a look through these and be sure to bookmark some…you may even be surprised how frequently you see these free images on the biggest websites and blogs around.
Negative Space offers up 20 new free stock photos every week. All the photos are distributed under the CC0 creative commons license. That means that you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission or give attribution.
With categories ranging from architecture to technology, Negative Space’s growing collection of images is one to regularly keep an eye on.
With new photos added daily, there is a wide selection of high-quality images to fit a variety of different blog topics.
Additionally, the premium membership ($7.50/month), offers a premium pack of photos sent straight to your inbox every month. The packs include unpublished and upcoming images, as well as complete collections. This is especially useful if you really have no time to search for images.
Unsplash serves up 10 new photos every 10 days, with the tagline “do whatever you want”.
If you need beautiful artistic landscapes or colourful photos, this one is a must see. No cheesy “Smiling office worker” photos to be found here. Again all the photos have a CC0 creative commons license, so you’re free to modify or distribute them without permission or attribution.
StockSnap.io has a vast selection of beautiful free stock photos and high resolution images. The site’s search feature makes it easy to browse through the thousands of images available. In addition, the site tracks views and downloads so you can find the most popular photos available.
StockSnap adds hundreds of images on a weekly basis and all photos are released under creative commons public domain – no attribution required.
SplitShire offers a ton of awesome free photos for you to use without restrictions. Powered by Italian photographer Daniel Nanescu, there’s also a premium subscription that offers a larger range for the ultra-low price of just $20 per year. From stunning portraits to sleek work stations, this is one of my favourites.
Karolina, a web designer from Poland, is the creator of this handy resource for high-quality photos. From fashion to food to landscapes, her images cover a variety of different scenarios. And you can use them for anything you wish.
While there are no formal attribution requirements, Karolina does ask that you include photo credit with a link back to the site when possible.
Not only are the photos on Fancy Crave free of copyright restrictions, but they’re also quite unique, and photographers can submit their images for use by all. All they ask is that you don’t advertise the photographs as your own, and provide attribution if possible.
“Take ’em, these things are free. Go. Make something.” This is a really useful one for tech and business type photos. Don’t be fooled by the name, whether you’re a startup or not, you can use these images in you posts, publications. Anything you need really.
A slightly quirkier option with new photos added weekly, Gratisography is another great website that offers high-resolution photos covered under the Creative Commons Zero license.
All of the photos are taken by Ryan McGuire, a “whimsically creative visual artist, based in Ithaca, NY.”
If you want work or business related ones, there may be better options out there, but nothing beats it for uniqueness.
ISO’s Republic’s mission is to “provide high-quality images to be used by designers, developers, bloggers, marketers, and social media teams.” It’s safe to say that they’re achieving this. For those looking for access to more exclusive free photos, be sure to sign up for its email list and receive photos direct to your inbox.
I’ve found this to be particularly useful and the selection of categories on offer is one of the best I’ve come across.
So hopefully you should be spoiled for choice next time you hunt for images. Have a browse through these and add them to your bookmarks. Whether you’re in the financial sector, construction and property, food and drink or anything else, there’s bound to be something you can use.