Every designer needs great stock photos for their projects. You can take your own camera and make your own photos, but a lot of people don’t bother they want the easy life and find it on the internet. Well, finding great free stock photos is a pain. You might end up to see low-res and amateur photos everywhere and that’s not what you are looking for. Below, I put a list of some good sites where you can find great free stock photos.
These sites offer good high-resolution photos in many categories, like business, landscape, people, fashion, etc. And they update new photos regularly, you can even subscribe to their newsletter and get your free stock photos weekly / monthly directly in your inbox.
Picjumbo offers free high quality stock photos which are updated daily. This site is maintained by Viktor Hanacek, a graphic designer and photographer from Czech. Every photo is organized into some categories, like wedding, technology, nature, people, etc, makes you easy to find your interests. You can freely use these photos for both personal and commercial purposes.
Unsplash is open to any photographers who might want to share their photos for free. All photos are in high-resolution and released under Creative Commons 0, which is basically public domain. You can copy, modify, distribute for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. Since the photos are collected from many photographers, you may see more various photographic styles and interests there.
Superfamous is the Los Angeles-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter. The site covers stock photos under some categories like, social, aerial, biological, geological, psychological, phenomenological. While it’s free to use for both personal and commercial use, but it’s released under Creative Commons 3.0 license, so you need to put an attribution as a credit to the site.
Death to Stock Photo provides totally free high-resolution stock photos to you monthly directly in your inbox. Most of the photos focus on lifestyle photography. You can’t download the photos directly from the site, you need to subscribe to their monthly newsletter instead.
Little Visuals will zip 7 photos every 7 days and send it directly into your inbox. However if you missed the past weeks, you can download the archives from the site. Like unsplash, all photos are licensed under creative commons public domain deed CC0 so you can freely use it for all purposes without any permission or attribution.
Gratisography provides weekly updates of free high quality stock photos. The site is maintained by Ryan McGuire and Bells Design. Like Unsplash and Little Visuals, all photos are also released under CC0 public domain license.
Refe is a marketplace of the best high quality mobile photos. All photos are free for your personal or commercial projects. Every photos are submitted by different photographers, so you might find various photographic styles and effects used on the photos.
Jay Mantri will update 7 new free high quality stock photos every Friday. Most of the images are daily object photographs. All photos are licensed under CC0 public domain, so you are totally free to use those photos for all purposes.
IM Creator is a free website builder application which also provides some free resources like photographs, tempaltes, and icons, etc. It curated some creative commons photos from Flickr and categorized it into nice directories. You can find pictures with subjects from business, technology, food & drinks, sports, fashion, etc. I can say, this site is really a nice alternative compared to the other sites above.
Last but not the least, Life of Pix also provides free high quality stock photos in weekly updates. All photos are licensed with no copyright restrictions, means you can use it freely for both personal and commercial purposes.
Those are 10 sites which I have subscribed and checked regularly. How about you? If you found any other great sites which are not on the list, you can share them on the comment sections. Cheers!