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The Best Sites to Find Real High-Quality Free Stock Photos

11 July 2016

Stock photos play a very important part on our web designs.  We believe that beautiful and great photos are a key part in creating beautiful websites. But sometimes searching for high-quality stock photos is a pain. Buying stock photos from a photographer or stock image sites are sometimes out of your budget for your current project and you can end up with low-resolution, amateur pictures if you decide to go for the free ones. But the good news for us is there are a growing number of websites appearing on the web that provides amazing free stock photos. You can use these awesome photos free of charge for your personal and commercial projects – no attribution to the photographer required.

It is always nice to double-check the license of the photos before you use them on your projects but as far as we know, at the time of writing, all the photos on the sites listed below fall under the “do whatever you want” license. So get your bookmarks ready! Here is the round-up of the best websites where you can find free genuinely high-quality stock photos!

1. Unsplash

Provides high-resolution photos under the “do whatever you want” license.  The images are excellent and stunning. One of the best on the web. They add 10 new photos every 10 days so it’s worth it to check back on a regular basis. Link: https://unsplash.com/

Free Stock Photo from Unsplash

2. Picjumbo

A project by Viktor Hanacek. Provides totally free stock photos for your personal and commercial projects. It has a test drive feature which is really nice. You can preview the selected image in different ways that you could use it. Link: https://picjumbo.com/

Free Stock Photo from Picjumbo

3. Gratisography

Created by Ryan McGuire. Has a great collection of free high-resolution pictures that you can use for your personal and commercial projects. New photos are added weekly. Link: http://gratisography.com/

Free Stock Photo from Gratisography

4. Life of Pix

A collection of free high-resolution photos, no copyright restrictions. New photos added weekly. Link: http://www.lifeofpix.com/

Free Stock Photo from Life of Pix

5. Jay Mantri

A collection of free high-resolution pictures from Jay Mantri. 7 new photos released every Thursday. Photos are really nice. Make magic with them. Link: http://jaymantri.com/

Free Stock Photo from Jay Mantri

6. Startup Stock Photos

As the name suggest, it’s stock photos for startups. They provide a collection of stock photos of modern startup work environments. Free to use for your personal and commercial projects. Link: http://startupstockphotos.com/

Free Stock Photo from Startup Stock Photo

7. Picography

Picography has hundreds of free stock photos for personal and commercial use. Use their amazing photos however you like. Link: http://picography.co/

Free Stock Photo from Picography

8. New Old Stock

For those who love old, vintage, retro photos; this is the perfect resource for you. New Old Stock offers a cool collection of vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions. Link: http://nos.twnsnd.co/

Free Stock Photo from New Old Stock

9. Pexels

Pexels is definitely one of our favorite photo sites. They offer a huge collection of beautiful stock photos completely free licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. All Their photos are nicely tagged and searchable. The website is also very easy to navigate. Link: https://www.pexels.com/

Free Stock Photo from Pexels

10. Death to the Stock Photo

Created by photographers Allie and David. Simply sign up with your email and you will receive a pack of beautiful stock photos within a specific category every month in your inbox. The quality of photos is really nice. Link: http://deathtothestockphoto.com/

Free Stock Photo from Death to the Stock Photo

Unlike the other free photo sites we’ve mentioned, Death to stock photo uses their own license which says that you can use the photos wherever and however you please, just don’t redistribute them, claim they are yours, or use them in porn, hate, and other bad uses. Anyway, we know you won’t do that kind of stuff.

11. Visual Hunt

Visual Hunt has a huge collection of beautiful Creative Commons photos. Not all photos are released under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license but that won’t be a problem since visual hunt has a great search and filter feature. Simply use its filter feature to select all CC0 Photos and you’ll have access to more than 62,000 amazing photos totally free for commercial use. Other features we love about Visual Hunt are the ability to filter photos by colors and the feature to save your favorite photos and make them available for bulk download. Link: https://visualhunt.com/

Free Stock Photo from Visual Hunt


Wrapping It Up

There are still a lot of great photo sites out there. The websites that we mentioned are just some of our favorites. We regularly use them as a resource for the stock photos we use in our web designs.  For additional stock photo sites, you may also want to check out the list below:

Have you used any of these resources in your projects? Any additional great photo resource you know? Let us know in the comments section below.

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