When you have website or blog it can seem like a never-ending battle to find good quality free images to use on your designs and posts.
The problem with some ‘traditional’ stock photos is that they are just; well awful. Thankfully, there are now awesome photographers who kindly allow us to use their photos for free.
So now that you no longer have to settle for ugly stock photos, I’ve put together a list of my favourite resources for free photos that you can use on your website and blog.
Pexels has a huge library of over 3,000 photos with new high-resolution photos being added each week. Every photo is hand-picked by the Pexels team to ensure they are good quality and free to use for personal and commercial projects. You can also sign up to the newsletter to receive 40 exclusive free photos and the best free stock photos straight to your inbox each month.
Visit the pexels.com website.
Unsplash features 10 new photos each week by creatives from varying backgrounds ensuring there is an eclectic mix of subjects. The library has a number of gorgeous on-location photos as well as bright colourful images that really pop. All photos on the website are free to use for any purpose.
Visit the unsplash.com website.
One of my favourite stock photo websites which boasts over 460,000 free photos, vectors and illustrations – so you are sure to find the perfect image for your needs. Images do not require attribution and can be used in digital and printed form as well as commercial formats.
Visit the pixabay.com website.
Gratisography was set up by Ryan McGuire to share his high-resolution and quirky photos for free with no copyright restrictions. The library is added to every week so if you are looking for awesome images then check out this site.
Visit the gratisography.com website.
KaboomPics was launched by a web designer from Poland who realised the struggle we have to find good quality images. KaboomPics features a large library of over 1,000 high-quality photos for bloggers, freelancers, small businesses to use on social media, websites and blogs. All the photos are free for commercial use and a credit to KaboomPics is encouraged but not essential.
Visit the kaboompics.com website.
Daniel Nanescu started Split Shire as a way to share his photography with everyone and allow them to download the photos for free. All photos are completely free and can be used by designers, bloggers and on any website, advertising materials, social media and templates. You can even request a photo if you don’t see it in the library.
Visit the splitshire.com website.
Picjumbo is a project by Viktor Hanacek to provide ‘totally free photos for your personal & commercial works’. The website features hundreds of images of a variety of subjects from technology to flowers and animals. If you aren’t content with the free photos, you can upgrade to the premium membership to access 1,000s of real-life photos to use in your designs and posts.
Visit the picjumbo.com website
Getrefe is an excellent resource for royalty-free, high-quality, real-life photos that promises to rid us of ugly stock photography. Refe succeeds at this effortlessly and the photos give a natural and creative feel. Along with the large selection of free photos, you can subscribe to receive monthly packs of high-quality images to use on your designs and website.
Visit the getrefe.com website.
Death To The Stock Photo works differently to the others listed here in that it is completely subscription based. Still free but each month you receive the latest pack of awesome real life images to your inbox instead of an online gallery. The website was set up by two photographers who wanted to provide creatives with aesthetically pleasing images that were more suited with their brand. Signing up takes seconds and you won’t be disappointed with the photos that pop into your email.
Visit the deathtothestockphoto.com website.
Life Of Pix has hundreds of free high-resolution photos that can be used in personal and commercial projects. You’ll find lots of landscapes and on location photos on here and all are excellent quality.
View the lifeofpix.com website.
Magdeleine features a selection of hand-picked free photos for use on websites and blogs. Each day a new photo is added to the extensive gallery. The magdeleine images are beautiful and predominantly muted tones and colours.
View the magdeleine.co website.
FancyCrave is a new source of free high resolution photos I found through Instagram. Two new images are added each day to the website from professional photographers. The photos are free to use in personal and commercial projects and while attribution isn’t required, it is asked for as a favour.
View the fancycrave.com website.
Good Free Photos is a great source for travel photos in particular, which can all be used for any purpose. There are also some helpful photography tutorials on the website.
View the goodfreephotos.com website.
Negative Space is another new find that offers some beautiful stock photos that you can use for free on all projects including commercial. You’ll find a fantastic selection of tech related and location photos here.
View the negativespace.co website.
Minimography is a relatively new resource of photos that you can copy, modify, distribute even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. You’ll find light and minimalist photos here.
View the Minimography website.
So glad to have found Rawpixel as they have some awesome photos available all ‘Free, model released images, ready for commercial use’. The images are fresh and new content is added daily.
View the Rawpixel website.
Barn Images is a collaboration between two friends and photographers to share their ‘non-stock’ photos. You’ll find a selection of premium photos and free images are added to the collection each day.
View the Barn Images website.
StockSnap offers high quality images free from copyright with hundreds being added weekly.
View the StockSnap website.
Offering 62 business stock images you can use on creative projects. Requires a attribution.
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Last updated 1 December 2017.