5 Free Stock Photography Websites

5 Free Stock Image Websites

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for businesses to purchase professional images from photography websites (also known as ‘Stock Image’ websites). You may have heard of a number these websites such as iStock and ShutterStock.

Purchasing stock images or hiring a professional photographer for your next project may not always be the most cost effective option for small businesses. However, you can still achieve the same result and make your business stand out from the crowd without breaking the bank.  Thankfully, as is the case with most things on the internet, there are a number of free alternatives!

I’m talking about websites that now offer free photos for personal and commercial use. Yep, no strings attached, high quality FREE stock image websites are popping all over the place.

It’s exciting to see such amazing images in both subject and quality freely available!

Here is a list of my top 5 free stock photography websites (in no particular order):

1. SPLITSHIRE

SplitShire

SplitShire is  a collection of shots from Italy based photographer and graphic designer, Daniel Nanescu.

The collection has a tonne of categories ranging from food, fashion, landscape and technology – to name a few. Split Shire is updated on a regular basis as well, so it pays to check back each week to see what’s new.

www.splitshire.com


2. GRATISOGRAPHY

Gratisography

Gratisography offers a collection of quirky, abstract and still life photos that would make the perfect feature image for your upcoming article or brochure design.

With its continuous scrolling feature, you’ll find it hard to break away from it’s amazing gallery.

www.gratisography.com


3. UNSPLASH

Unsplash

Running since May 2013, Unsplash collates free stock images from around the web and brings them all together in the one place.

Users can freely submit their photos to the database with the team at Unsplash making 10 new photos available every 10 days. So make sure to check back regularly.

www.unsplash.com / www.unsplash.com/archive


4. PICJUMBO

Pic Jumbo

Open since November 2013, PicJumbo has a an enormous collection of images to choose from.

With the ability to break your search down via category, it would be hard not to find something you’re looking for here. My only complaint is that the search bar hiding on the right hand side of the page is a bit hard to see, so keep an eye out for it.

www.picjumbo.com


5. PUBLIC DOMAIN ARCHIVE

Public Domain Archive

Public Domain Archive is another site collating images from around the web. The ever growing collection offers modern and vintage images as well as serving up hi-res images of some of the world’s most famous photos that are now available in the public domain.

The site is set out like a blog, with each new image in its own post. Some posts can contain around 50+ images, so you may have to do a little bit of searching, but the rewards are very satisfying.

www.publicdomainarchive.com


 

I hope you enjoyed my list of free stock photography websites and find the sites above useful for any upcoming projects you might have. Do you know of any other sites? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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8 comments

  • Valle Studio June 13, 2014   Reply →

    I also give away free photos for personal or commercial use. Feel free to check out vallestudio.com and click on “join the club.” Thanks! Kristen

    • Dan Beard June 13, 2014   Reply →

      Thanks Kristen, you have an awesome collection! I’ll keep you in mind for future posts. Where are you based and how long have you been shooting for?

      • Valle Studio June 13, 2014   Reply →

        Hey Dan, thanks for checking it out. I’m based in Western Mass. I’m an art director 9-5 so I have to do my shooting on the side. Thought giving away some free images would be a good incentive to stay motivated. 🙂

        • Dan Beard June 14, 2014   Reply →

          Great idea and an excellent way to get your work out there. All the best 🙂

  • Valle Studio June 13, 2014   Reply →

    I also give away free photos for personal or commercial use. Feel free to check out vallestudio.com and click on “join the club.” Thanks! Kristen

    • Dan Beard June 13, 2014   Reply →

      Thanks Kristen, you have an awesome collection! I’ll keep you in mind for future posts. Where are you based and how long have you been shooting for?

      • Valle Studio June 13, 2014   Reply →

        Hey Dan, thanks for checking it out. I’m based in Western Mass. I’m an art director 9-5 so I have to do my shooting on the side. Thought giving away some free images would be a good incentive to stay motivated. 🙂

        • Dan Beard June 14, 2014   Reply →

          Great idea and an excellent way to get your work out there. All the best 🙂

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