If you can’t take the right picture for a content piece, or you want to communicate something that you can’t easily photograph (ex. frustration), then it’s acceptable to use stock photography as your last option.
Here are some good resources:
Unsplash – unsplash.com/
Unsplash has free, very high quality imagery you can use. Though the pictures are gorgeous, they’re random and there’s no way to search. You just have to keep scrolling until you find what you want.
iStock – www.istockphoto.com/
iStock is one of (if not the) largest stock photography sites online. They have a huge selection you can easily search through. However, they’re not cheap. One image could cost you at least $12.
Have a Fun Photoshoot With Your Team
We’ve been able to have fun team photoshoots to create some stock images for our website and content marketing.
Our List of Sites to Find the Best Images
Here is a list sites where you can download images (sometimes for free!) You can this list as a PDF for easy printing and sharing. Download the Image Site Resource.
Free public-domain image sites:
- skitterphoto.com – Looking for a unique, high quality picture for your web site, blog or magazine? Download these free license photos and use them however you want, even commercially.
- flickr.com – check commercial use box – can search
- pickupimage.com – Very high quality – can search
- freestockphotos.biz – 15,000 free high quality images – can search
- pixabay.com – High Quality – can search
- alegriphotos.com – High quality, can search
- picjumbo.com – Large searchable database of totally free to use photos
- commons.wikimedia.org – Can search
- vectors4all.net – High quality but as some paid shutterstock images
- public-domain-photos.com – can search 5,000 free photos
- publicdomainfiles.com – 65,000+ free files including pictures, fonts, clipart
- nos.twnsnd.co – New Old Stock Photos – awesome vintage photos from public archives. Completely free of known copyright restrictions.
- superfamous.com – Lots of geological, biological and aerial photography from from Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter. Sound boring? It’s not. These photos are one of a kind.
- littlevisuals.co – Another free email newsletter. Sends weekly batches of 7 gorgeous photos.
- creativemarket.com – Amazing, handcrafted graphics from designers around the world.
- freeimageslive.co.uk – Can search
- 1millionfreepictures.com – High Quality – can search but limited search
- imageafter.com – can search
- bestphotos.us – Many results, uses google for search
- goodfreephotos.com – can search
- publicdomainreview.org – Classical works / categories
- thepublicdomain.net – can search
- pdposter.weebly.com – Old posters
- arspublik.com – High quality, categories, but not a lot of photos
Know of any other sites? Let us know!
Download our eBook!