So you’re building out your website and you need to add a few captivating images but you’re not sure where to look. Well, I’m here to help you with that today. Adding images is a crucial step in building out your website. Stock images for websites are all over the place, however, you do need to know which ones are free from copyright restrictions and whether or not they require attribution, always read the documentation. I will give you a list of the best free stock images available in no particular order along with my recommendation for the best-paid stock images.
∗I may be compensated through the links on this post at no cost to you, and all ‘opinions’ are my own.
With more than 1.5 million beautiful, high-resolution images to choose from, Unsplash is my go-to choice when looking for free stock photography. You can search for any category and even choose your download size. All of the images published on Unsplash can be used commercially and noncommercially for free. The Unsplash license is much like the CC0 license, except you may not use images for sites that replicate or compete with Unsplash.
You do not have to credit the photographers however, it is greatly appreciated and doing so provides exposure to the photographer while encouraging them to continue sharing their work. If you choose to credit the photographer, a simple mention of their name and a link to their photo would be more than sufficient.
My second choice for stunning free stock images. Pixabay has more than 1.8 million royalty-free images, vectors, and illustrations as well as thousands of free stock video clips and footage to choose from. All contents are safe for use under the Pixabay license and you do not need to get permission or credit the artists, although linking back is always appreciated. Pixabay has filter selections, a safe search option and download size options to help you find perfect high-quality images for your website.
Download custom sizes and create amazing websites, apps, designs and more with Pexels. Choose from photos, videos, and wallpaper, all images on Pexels are high quality and completely free to use under the Pexels license. Like most, attribution is not necessary but appreciated. All the photos are tagged, searchable, and also easy to discover through their discover pages. There are hundreds of thousands of stock photos to choose from and new high-resolution photos are added every day.
A free stock photo platform powered by Shopify (you don’t have to be a customer to use the photos). Burst has thousands of beautiful high-resolution images that are free to use for just about anything and they are always adding more images. Download high or low-resolution photos depending on your needs. All of their photos are free for commercial use with no attribution required; you can view the license page here.
Thousands of beautiful high-quality images that are every-growing and free to use under a single, simple CC0 license, no attribution is required. Use these photos for personal and commercial use, browse breathtaking high-resolution high definition wallpaper photos. Search by category or trending and download dazzling photos easily.
The world’s quirkiest collection of high-resolution all free stock images, images that you won’t find anywhere else. Gratisography chooses only unique and interesting pictures, the ones that provide personality. Check out their free photo license and then start searching the different categories and collections.
Find, share and show, all images on Skitterphoto are public domain, you are free to use their tagged photos for any purpose. If you would like to express your gratitude to the photographers who upload their photos, they do accept donations.
Download from a large collection of premium high-resolution images and clipart for free with public domain photos. You can copy, modify and distribute Pickup images even for commercial purposes, choose your image size and quality and try out their photo editor. No attribution is required.
Beautiful high-resolution photos that are completely free under the CC0 license. There is something for everyone with categories like Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Business, Black & White, Colors, Food, Landscapes, Nature, People, Sport, Street, Technology, Transport, and Work.
Life of Pix
Free high-resolution photos for personal and commercial use with no copyright restrictions. New photos are added weekly and although they are partnered with AdobeStock, Life of Pix is still a free stock photography website. Videos, clips, and loops are also available through Life of Vid. All images are donated to the public domain.
More than 16,000 images and one of the most popular sources of free images for lifestyle, interior design and specialized bloggers in the World. Here you can view the Kaboompics license, which is no different than the CC0 besides the fact that you are not allowed to redistribute. Download original, medium or custom-sized photos made with love.
One of the top sources for gorgeous, high-resolution, free photos. All of Picography’s photos are CC0 licensed, so you can use any of the free stock photos however you want and no attribution is required. Here are Picography’s Terms.
*A new favorite of mine. Thousands of very high-resolution images from one of the best free stock photo sites. Viktor Hanacek is the owner and the photographer, he does all of the work himself and his goal is to create the best and most usable free stock images possible. If you love the images, you can click the ‘buy a coffee’ to support Picjumbo. There is also a Premium membership available where you can get super-exclusive access to hundreds of Premium stock photo collections with more than 7,000 stock photos. More are added monthly and perfect stock photos are sent to your inbox every month!
Another great site, Reshot has handpicked, non-stocky uniquely free photos. Here you can read the Reshot license. You can also download quick image packs just by spreading the word with a tweet!
Here are some more free stock image sites for you to look into, some are just fun and different while others are specific to things such as clip art, food, and vintage, etc. Clker.com, New Old Stock, Pickspree, FreeStocks.org, Foodiesfeed, Travel Coffee Book, Public Domain Files, Styled Stock, and ISO Republic.
Paid Stock Images
There are also many paid stock images for you to consider. These images are usually the ones you can’t find on any free site and they are usually extremely high-quality. Some images are free within these websites, however, most require a subscription or a paid plan. Here are a few for you to consider: AdobeStock, Dreamstime, IStock, Depositphotos, Canva, Megapixl, and Getty Images. If you’re looking for those hard to find images and only want the best of the best, my recommendation is Shutterstock, in my opinion, it is the very best choice, take a look and see all of the amazing things they have to offer.
More than 300 million magnificent images reside inside the library of Shutterstock and 200,000 more are added every day! They have customers in more than 150 countries and their site is in 21 different languages.
You will find stock images, stock footage, stock music, and editing tools all in one place, score the perfect music with their exclusive music library.
The type of membership you choose will determine the type of access you have and how many downloads you have each month.
I’m confident that you will now be able to find just what you’ve been looking for and I hope that you find this list useful. Feel free to use it as a reference anytime, I know I have a hard time remembering the names of some of these websites myself, so this list will be very helpful for me too. If you haven’t started building your website, what are you waiting for? Get started today! Leave your questions and comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to Ditch That Job, It Sucks.
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