"A picture is worth a thousand words" refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. Stock photos add visually interesting and compelling content to your marketing. If you need stock photos for your website, blog or social media marketing you can:
- Take the photos yourself.
- Hire a professional photographer to take them.
- Find some free images online that are in the public domain.
- Buy a license to use an image from a stock photography website.
According to HubSpot; Facebook photo posts generate 55% more Likes than the average post.
In this post, I’ve compiled the ultimate list of websites offering free stock photos for your blog, email and social media marketing
Animal Photos: The name is self explainotary Animalphotos.info offers outstanding quality images of animals, categorized like a directory, all licensed under Creative Commons.
BigFoto: bigfoto.com A royalty-free photo agency. This site offers a massive and constantly growing photo gallery of free downloadable pictures. You can use these images just as you wish for personal or commercial purposes, and there are no watermarks or complicated rules.
CarPictures.cc offers a gallery of car pictures that can be used under Creative Commins license.
Clker.com hosts many historical images that were obtained from the library of congress. The images on clker are in the public domain. Any one can use them.
Creative Market: creativemarket.com is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world. It has both free and paid images.
Death to the Stock Photo: deathtothestockphoto.com has a goal of helping brands create rich digital experiences that elevated their visual aesthetic without shelling out wads of cash, or their sanity.
Deviant Art: DeviantArt.com is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts, and a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community. With over 32 million registered members uploading over 160,000 original art works every day, everything from painting and sculpture to digital art, pixel art, films, and anime.
Dreamstime: Dreamstime.com is one of the world leaders in stock photography and a reliable supplier of high quality digital images both free and paid at affordable prices. Online since 2000 as a Royalty-Free stock photography website, Dreamstime has evolved into a powerful and active community-based site. The exquisite stock image gallery you can browse today has been uploaded by photographers from all over the world, shot on film or digital.
Flickr: Many flickr.com users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.
Foodie's Feed: foodiesfeed.com Free images of food for bloggers, designers, web devs. Both personal and commercial use allowed. Sign up for weekly delivery to your inbox. The only condition is that selling and re-selling the pictures is prohibited.
Foter: Foter.com allows you to search, manage and add free stock photos to blogs, forums, websites and other online media. With over 190 million free Creative Commons images from many online sources and the entire system is also available as a WordPress plugin for seamless use within the WordPress platform.
Free Images: freeimages.co.uk has more than 13700 free digital photographic images for web, dtp, and design. Royalty and cost free stock photos.
FreeDigitalPhotos: FreeDigitalPhotos.net offers a unique way to download photos and illustrations. All images are available free of charge, for business, personal, charitable or educational use. These free images are small sized, but perfect for websites or draft printed work. If you need a larger sized version then they are all available for purchase.
FreeFoto.com: FreeFoto.com is the largest collections of free photographs for non-commercial use on the Internet. The comprehensive, yet easy to navigate site, offers images that are free for on-line use, with higher quality versions available for sale. ownload photos and illustrations. ALL the images are available free of charge, for business, personal, charitable or educational use. These free images are small sized, but perfect for websites or draft printed work. If you need a larger sized version they are available for purchase.
FreeMediaGoo.com: FreeMediaGoo.com offers high quality free stock photo backgrounds and images for free. The photos provided are obligation free so you don't have to be concerned about trademarks or copyright issues.
Freerange: freerangestock.com Stock provides quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free. Freerange is an advertising revenue supported photographic community - photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions.
From Old Books: www.fromoldbooks.org Stock photos from antiquarian books, they are scaned images but they are useful if you are writing about events in the past. The images here are mostly scanned at 1200dpi or higher. For non-comemrcial or educational use they are generally free.
Getrefe: getrefe.tumblr.com is a marketplace of royalty-free, high-quality, natural looking photos of people interacting with technology.
Getty Images: www.gettyimages.com has more than 50 million high resolution royalty-free images, editorial stock photos, vector art, video footage clips.
Gratisography - www.gratisography.com Free high-resolution pictures for personal and commercial projects. All pictures were captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design.
Jay Mantri: jaymantri.com offers free stock photos with 7 new photos every Thursday. You can follow the website on Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter or Youtube.
Life of Pix: www.lifeofpix.com offers free hi-res photos for personal and commercial use. New photos added weekly, all images on the site are donated to the public domain.
Little Visuals: littlevisuals.co has not been updated for over a year now. Sadly the young man who created this amazing site died suddenly in Nov 2013. His name is Nic he is 26. His family still maintaining the site and collecting donations for Hand on Heart Charity in the hope to provide a number of schools or sports areas with portable defibrillators in Nic’s memory.
Magdeleine: magdeleine.co is a photo gallery with hand-picked high-resolution pictures for your inspiration.
Mourge File: www.morguefile.com offers high resolution stock photos for your illustration, comp or design needs? The term "morgueFile" is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits.
New Old Stock: nos.twnsnd.co Vintage photos from the public archives.
Open Photo: openphoto.net curated open source photos under creative commons licensed images.
Pexels: www.pexels.com free high quality photos you can use everywhere, free for commercial use and no attribution required.
PhotoEveryWhere: Photoeverywhere.co.uk: A collection of high resolution travel stock images of more than 3600 photos that are free to use and ready for instant download. Images can be browsed by keyword search or viewed on a world map.
Picography: picography.co by Hidden Depth provides stunning photography for use however you like.
Pixabay: pixabay.com/en/ Search over 340000 free photos, illustrations, and vector graphics or share your own pictures as public domain on Pixabay.
PublicDomainArchive: publicdomainarchive.com 100% free Public Domain Images New free stock photos added weekly No attribution required. Images are released under creative commons.
Raumrot: www.howtostartanllc.org offers outstanding high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects.
Resplashed: www.resplashed.com Free HD images for your web and design projects.
Splitshire: www.splitshire.com Delicious free stock photos for personal & commercial use.
Stocksnap: stocksnap.io curates the best stock photos from around the web and also select photos from a number of daily submissions. The end result is a repository of high quality and high resolution beautiful stock photography free from all copyright restrictions - no attribution required.
StockPhotos for Free: www.stockphotosforfree.com Here you can download over 100,000 completely free stock photos from around the world. This site covers every topic from exotic locales to talent-released people and everything in between.
UnrestrictedStock: unrestrictedstock.com high quality stock photos, videos and vectors for free and with no usage restrictions.
Unsplash: unsplash.com free high-resolution stock photos. Download 10 new free stock photos every 10 days.
Wikimedia Commons: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page the free media repository. If you are browsing Commons for the first time, you may want to start with Featured pictures.
Now that you know some of the best websites to get free stock images, it's time to take advantage of them and use them for your blog, website, presentation, etc.
Probably I have missed some other good stock photo sites out there. Let me know your experience with any stock photo sites by dropping me a line in the comment box below?