Stock photography is as old as blogging itself. These two things go hand-in-hand.
Visuals are essential for the web. I mean good visuals. There is a thought that you have to pay to get good images for your blog content.
But there are websites that offer free stock photos that are worthy to use in your content. In fact, these free stock photo sites are killing it.
You can always purchase a subscription of these websites if you have a budget. But for bloggers just starting out, free stock images are no less than a gold mine.😍
In this article, I have compiled a list (paid & free) of all stock photo sites. Paid sites first, and then free ones.
In fact, I picked the featured image of this post from Dreamstime (my favourite I think).
1. Getty Images
Getty Images is a US-based visual media company dominating in the field of stock photography with an archive of 200 million assets.
This website provides stock images, editorial photography, videos and music services for businesses and individuals.
Getty Images offer following pricing plan:
Every pack includes combinations of royalty-free images, vectors, illustrations, videos and editorial photographs.
2. iStock (by Getty Images)
iStock Photo is a part of the Getty Images family of companies. It offers millions of stock photos, videos and vector illustrations at a relatively low price.
Pricing plan of iStock includes two types of purchases:
Credits are like stock’s own currency. These credits are used to buy images as you need them.
Purchase of a license includes a set limit of royalty-free images that you can download in a period of time ( monthly or annual ).
With over 300 million images, photos, illustrations and videos, Shutterstock is one of the best stock images and video provider. Started in 2003 Shutterstock has emerged as a competitor of Getty images.
They also have a set of free tools for image editing, file resizing and image conversion.
This website also provides monthly or yearly subscription and on-demand image packs.
4. Adobe Stock
As the king of the world of images and visuals, it is no surprise that Adobe is also taking over the stock image industry.
In 2015, Adobe launched its own stock-photo service named Adobe Stock, aimed to give competition to the big players like Getty and Shutterstock.
With over 30 million assets in the form of royalty-free images, illustrations, videos, audios and 3D images Adobe has been really successful in its intent.
It offers a discount on the purchase of license or image credits to its Adobe creative cloud users.
With more than 100 million stock photos, videos, audio, images and illustrations 123RF is also a top-rated site among other stock photo sites.
Pricing starts from as low as $1/ credit or $29/month subscription.
Owned by Shutterstock, this website provides royalty-free images on credits basis.
Previously BigStockPhoto adopted a shorter name of BigStock in 2010.
You can purchase image credits as low as $79/month for 150 images. BigStock also offers 7-days free trial.
7. Burst (by Shopify)
Not just an eCommerce solution, Shopify also provides a free service of stock images to bloggers, start-up owners, retailers and online store owners.
These free photos are very professional and high quality and you should consider Burst for your next blog post or social media ad or a school project.
It works well for all of them.
Launched in 2010 Pixabay is now a subsidiary of Canva, an online graphic design platform.
Pixabay is a home of millions of quality images, photos, illustrations and videos.
You can use these photos commercially in any of your projects with no attribution.
Just like Pixabay, Pexels is also acquired by Canva. These are both very similar in nature.
Both of these sister sites provide high-quality royalty-free images to use in any of your projects.
Founded in 2013 as a Tumblr blog, Unsplash has grown rapidly with a library of over 1 million free images and wallpapers of a wide variety of categories.
The images on Unspalsh have been downloaded over 1 billion times.
Although the term of Negativespace is not commonly known. But the site itself is very popular in providing high-quality images and stock photos.
The core focus of the website is to provide exactly what the visitor is looking for ( as being a negativspace for them ).
There library of photos is easily accessible through categories.
Flickr is an image and video hosting service where you can share photos and videos in personalised groups.
But the best part is that you can also download free high-quality images and videos to use in your projects.
I picked this above image from Picjumbo and you can guess the quality of the images that this website offers.
This website has a limited number of images in its free version. Almost 3000, that should be enough for your basic needs.
But if you join their premium plan, you get 50+ premium high-quality photos right in your inbox.
14. Freerange Stock
Are you in search of high-quality photos but free of cost?
Here is your answer. Freerange provides a wide range of free photos and illustrations free of cost.
All you have to do is to enter your email address and signup for free to download images.
StockSnap’s creators promise their users to provide best, most beautiful stock images for free.
You can use StockSnap’s tag-based category system to help you browse and locate the images that convey the right mood, feeling, or content for your needs.
They have a huge community of contributors and a huge pool of submissions.
This website curates only the best and high-quality photos to make them available for download.
With over 100k photos available for download, RGBStock is an initiative of passionate photographers and graphic artists based in the Netherlands.
You can browse images and photos on the basis of popularity and date of release.
All images on this website fall under the CC0 license, which means that you are free to use these images in your projects as well as commercially.
For the past three years, PicoGraphy.co is providing stunning and high-quality stock photos to its users free of cost.
Just click on the categories button and the rest is just magic. You will find a bunch of photos to download right away.
No signups required.
According to their About page, “Founded by Michael Connors in the early Internet days of 1996, the site was created to serve as a free image exchange for creative professionals and teachers to use in their work.”
Okay, you don’t have to pay any fees for the images you download. But wait, the real thing is the ease of downloading a photo.
Just hover over an image and click on the download button to download the image.
Very simple. Nah?
18. Raw Pixel
With free and premium photos added every day, rawpixel is changing the way people see stock photos.
Their pricing plan is very simple. The free plan includes 10 photo downloads/day under free category and unlimited downloads of Public Domain photos.
$3/mo for all premium downloads for personal use.
$19/mo for all premium downloads for commercial use.
P.S: Follow rawpixel on Pinterest and get 10 downloads extra.
Tired of downloading images one-by-one. Give a chance to Reshot.
Just select your image pack of the desired category and download images in bulk.
All the photos on Reshot come from individual contributors as well as other communities.
With hundreds of free assets like Photos, vectors, icons and videos added every month Freestock is such a nice and clean place to find stock assets.
They have a very clean and easy-to-use navigation system. Just click on any collection type like vectors or videos and boom.💥
All the items of the related collection will available for you to download.
And all they need in return is a link back to their website in the form of attribution. Just like I did.
21. Foca Stock
Started by Jeffery Betts in the year 2014 to share his love of photography with the world, Foca Stock has come a long way.
New content is added every week to give you a fresh and updated look.
The cool thing is you can use Foca Editor to craft stunning and eye-catching social media graphics on the fly just like Canva.
This site is a one woman show. Karolina is the lady behind this amazing work.
Every month, over 70,000 people from 209 countries visit Kaboompics. The photos have been downloaded over 4 million times.
Her photography work appears on sites like BBC, CNN, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Yahoo, iSpot, BuzzFeed, Hubspot, The Huffington Post and Lifehacker.
Another joint venture of two amateur Dutch photographers Rudy and Peter.
Launched in 2014, Skitter Photo is now a small business providing public Domain photos to use personally or for commercial use.
You can browse their entire collection using categories like animals, architecture, business, food and drinks, sports and many more.
24. Life of Pix
Life of Pix is an online community of photographers where you can download your favourite photos and videos by browsing through their galleries or following your favourite photographer.
They also feature one photographer as the “Photographer of the Week” every week.
High-quality stock photos, images, illustrations and vectors available to download and use in any type of your project.
26. Styled Stock
“Feminine Stock Photography“
As the tagline reads, the photos available on Styled Stock are all featuring girls and women.
Single photos are free to download but they also have premium photo packs to download for some bucks.
27. ISO Republic
ISO Republic offers our high-quality free stock photos and video under a generous CC0 license.
All photos and videos are hand-picked and curated from a pool of submissions to provide visitors with high-class stuff.
Ed Gregory the only guy behind this handsome resource of stock photos and illustrations.
Creator’s aim is to provide free photos of premium quality for those who don’t have dollars to buy a subscription.
Pro Tip: Subscribe to their newsletter and get 10 premium photos straight to your inbox every 2 weeks.
Martin Vorel, an SEO consultant with a love of photography shares his collection of photos to the world through LibreShot.
Just download his amazing work for free or show some support by donating some bucks.
All his photos fall under the Creative Commons CC0 license.
Download photos in one click. No attribution required. No signup required.
You can browse from their hundreds of available categories to reach your favourite image.
“Superb ideas for your home”
As the above tagline shows, this stunning site is focused on interior design and photos for home decor.
But their library of stock photos is not limited to this. You can browse from their library of 335 million photos for your projects of any type.
These photos come with different license types. You can see the type of license of any photo at the time of download.
As you can see, the above abstract art required an attribution so I mentioned image credits in the caption.
32. Fancy Crave
Unlike other stock photo sites, this is more of WordPress-based blog managed by Igorovsyannykov.
He is a travel blogger who sells his own collection of photos on this website. Since 2014, Fancy Crave has emerged as a source of quality images.
Go check this blog and you will find your dream photo here to use in your next project or blog post.
Besides from monthly subscription and image credits, this website also provides a free resource of royalty-free images.
Hand-picked images from millions of contributors around the world are divided into many categories ranging from abstract art to business photography.
Signup for free, choose your desired category and you are good to go.
Interested in their premium plan?
Just like many other photographers with hard disks full of photographs and of no use except “sweet memories”, the creator of SplitShire is also a photographer with 10 years of experience.
Download thousands of photos from different categories for free.
Shot Stash is a small, independent, free stock photo site. Its mission is to create and offer for free a carefully curated collection of beautiful stock images for private and commercial use.
36. New Old Stock
If you are working on a project which requires some photos of black&white era then this website is a place where you can find pretty decent photos.
These are the stock photo sites that I found really useful for me. Now I want to hear from you.
Do you use any of these websites? Which one is your favourite?
Did I miss something? Tell me in the comments below. I will regularly update this list.