Where to Find Free Stock Photos That Don’t Suck

By Kaylyn Zurawski | Just for fun

Oct 11

Whether you own an online business, write for a blog or are a freelancer, finding high-quality images is necessary. Why’s that? Because images generate more clicks and boost engagement on social channels.

So where should you source them from? Household names like Shutterstock and iStock, and Death to Stock are available, however, these options can get pricey. So when in a bind, give these free options a try:

Pexels

The photos on Pexels are chosen from a variety of free image sources to ensure that you’re getting the best options.

All photos are under the Creative Commons Zero license. This means that they are free for personal and commercial use with no attribution required. They also make it super easy to search for the photos you want.

Pixabay

Pixabay essentially gathers all of the royalty free photos, vectors, and drawings that are public domain and high in quality. They have a search functionality that makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for and includes filtering your query down by media type, orientation, color, and more. They also keep you in the know on attribution requirements.

Unsplash

Unsplash is unique in that the photos are broken out by photographer. This makes it easy for when you want a general style to come back to for your brand. All the photos are free and the assets are high resolution. They even offer 10 new “do whatever you want” photos ever 10 days.

Picjumbo

On Picjumbo new photos are added daily with a wide selection of quality photos for a variety of topics. The photographer for the site also offers a premium membership for bloggers, designers, and agencies starting at $10/month.

Where do you find your stock images? Let us know in the comments below!

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