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Free photography resources

Creative business, Websites

20 January 2022

Stock photographs.

The very words make many of us shiver. They can bring to mind terribly staged pictures filled with false smiles, but stock photography has come a long way. The web is full of beautiful photographs that are just begging to be used, and they don’t always cost an arm and a leg either.

I often get asked if I know where to find good quality free stock photographs that can be used on business websites, so I decided it’s time to put fingers to keyboard and share some of my favourite haunts.

Before I start, I want to take a moment to mention licences. ALWAYS double check the licence on the photograph you want to use, and make sure it’s covered for commercial use if you’re using it for your business. The websites I list below are geared towards free distribution, but sometimes you can get redirected to another website, and the licence may have changed, or an attribution may be needed. Look out for the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence. This covers you for both personal and commercial use.

So let’s get cracking.

 

My favourite free photography resources

An update: This post was originally published on 28/02/18, and has been completely refreshed and revised to keep things relevant for you! The list below now reflects the sites I know & have found useful over the past few years.

Canva example - a free photography resource

Canva

www.canva.com
I started using Canva over a year ago, and haven’t looked back. Their selection of images is fantastic, and although I use Canva Pro, you can use it completely free if you want.

Pexels example - oranges - a free photography resource

Pexels

www.pexels.com
Pexels was my firm favourite before I started using Canva. The images are beautiful, they have a good selection, and everything is free.

Unsplash - ameen-fahmy - a free photography resource

Unsplash

www.unsplash.com
Brought to my attention by a reader in the comments, I now have so much love for Unsplash. One of my top go-to websites for free pics!

Pixabay - bluetit

Pixabay

www.pixabay.com

Very well known, and for a good reason, Pixabay has a massive library of great quality free photographs.

Iso republic graffiti

ISO Republic

www.isorepublic.com
Lots of CC0 licensed images, and beautiful ones at that. Intended for professional creatives, many of the images have an artsy or techy vibe to them, but there’s many relatable to the every day user as well.

Pikwizard coffee tray

Pikwizard

www.pikwizard.com
A great search tool for both free and premium images, Pikwizard has also has videos, HD images, 3D images and an image editing tool – a great all-round resource! I’d recommend double checking the license on each image before you download, which is visible to the right of each picture.

Flickr example hillls

Photo by Pedro Szekely

Flickr

www.flickr.com
Well established and very well known, Flickr is a great source of photographs once you realise you can filter your search by licence type; after your initial search, look in the top left hand corner of the screen and you’ll see a dropdown set to ‘Any license’. Simply click it, and select the licence you need – voila!

Also worth a mention

If you love to look through as many sites as possible to find that ideal image, try these free photography resources too:

www.dreamstime.com/free-photos

https://freerangestock.com/

http://jaymantri.com/

https://focastock.com/

https://stocksnap.io/

https://goodstock.photos/

https://www.freeimages.com/

http://finda.photo/

https://jeshoots.com/

 

Have your own favourite I’ve missed? Feel free to share below…

Happy hunting!

Rhiannon

6 Comments

  1. Kristen

    What a great list, and so many I haven’t heard of before! I’m always looking for good photos for my blog. The only one I’ve used that I don’t see on your list is Unsplash.

    Reply
    • Rhiannon

      Ah yes, Unsplash is great too. It’s fallen off my radar lately, thanks for the reminder!

      Reply
  2. Junene

    Thank you for creating this list of resources all in one place and just when I needed it!

    Reply
    • Rhiannon

      I hope you find some lovely pics, there are some beauties out there!

      Reply
  3. G. Adams

    Thanks for the awesome resource. I knew some of these and now have more to discover.

    Reply
    • Rhiannon

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad it’s been helpful 😀

      Reply

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