BEWARE OF THE COPYRIGHT AND COPYLEFT MONSTERS
Digital artists, blogger, publisher or whichever, you probably need Stock Photos for your works. But as this world runs, not every Photo you find on the Internet is free. You might have heard of “copyright”, where you cannot use the works without permission.
Then, there’s “copyleft” or creative commons. Which, allows you to use the works with some strings attached. But take note, you might still land in trouble even if it is a copyleft photo. You see, not all copyleft photos are “totally free”. Some of them come with “attrition”, where you must credit the original artist. Some even comes with free for personal use, but not for commercial use.
Yep, left or right, it’s a pain in the ass. Which is the purpose of this list, I have collected a list of website where you can download free photos for whatever use you want… just don’t claim the photos to be yours and/or sell them as Stock photos somewhere else.
FREE STOCK IMAGES
1) Pixabay : One of my favorite websites, and has a community of contributing photographers. Do buy them some coffee from time-to-time if you have some spare change.
2) Pexels : Their tagline is “Best free stock photos in one place”, and yes they are. Pexels has a gallery of high quality stock photos, and they are totally free!
3) Freeimages.red : Has a huge Collection of free photos! If you have an Adsense account, you can contribute and potentially make some money too.
4) Gratisography : Totally free images for personal or commercial projects. Has some pretty interesting portraits, and new pictures are added from time-to-time.
5) PicJumbo : This website has quite a huge collection of stock photos. Nicely categorized and tagged.
6) Travel Coffee Book : Contains a nice selection of travel photos all around the world. All the photos are released under CC0 (totally free). Lacking a search function, you have to scroll down to find what you want.
7) Foodies Feed : Love food? Need some food in your works? This is one website for you.
8) New Old Stock : A collection of vintage photographs, where all the images have no known copyright restrictions (I.E. public domain), use them to create some nostalgia.
9) Unsplash : Free CC0 high resolution images. They have a huge collection and 10 photos are added every 10 days.
10) Stokpic : Another website with free photos under the CC0 License. Neatly categorized, and 10 photos are added every 2 weeks.
11) MorgueFile : I know, this site sounds quite… morbid. But it still has a lot of decent photos for your works.
12) PngImg : A website with a ton of png images of all sorts of things. Yes, all the objects are already isolated, and you don’t have to do masking yourself. Use them in your works, but just don’t sell them as stock images.
13) Kaboompics : A decent collection of hi-resolution free-use images.
14) GoodFreePhotos : Has a good collection of travel photos, categorized by locations.
15) LibreShot : A decent collection of beautiful shots. Kind of like that muted feel.
16) StockSnap : Decent collection under the CC0 License, good search tools.
17) FancyCrave : Not massive, but a decent collection none-the-less. Quality stock images free of copyright restrictions.
18) Snapwire Snaps : A Tumblr blog with 7 new photos every week, all under cc0.
19) Jaymantri : A beautiful gallery by Jay Mantri, and yes, he released all his works under the Creative Common Zero License.
20) JeShoots : Offers some quality images under cc0. Does have a few premium images that might cost a bit.
21) Splitshire : A large collection of free images for personal or commercial projects, just don’t sell those free images.
22) Picography : A small collection of free free photos.
23) ISO Republic : High resolutions photos free to use for personal and commercial projects. Images are loaded by page or category.
24) Life Of Pix : This website has many quality images that are free to use and share. It also has a sister site for free videos : Life Of Vids.
NOT-SO-FREE STOCK IMAGES
25) Magdeleine : A large collection of images. But be careful – not all of them are entirely free!
26) Nobacks : Another site with isolated PNG images. Not all the images are totally free, but another one of my favorite websites for Photoshop stock needs.
WHICH IS THE FAIREST?
So we have come to the end of this list. A moment of honorable mentions for my personal favorites – Pixabay, Pexels, PngImg, and Freeimages.red. But yep, anyone who gives free photos are good. Free that creativity! Now go make something, and enjoy!
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