Finding the right stock photo for your website is probably one of the most underestimated tasks. Just last night I spent almost an hour looking for ONE image for my own website. A great image can not only improve credibility but also emotionally engage site visitors. The use of stunning photos can help you sell or entice users to read your content. Lets face it most of us will judge a book by its cover.
When I was first starting out I remember Getty Images being one of the few reliable sites for stock photography. Although Getty’s website was comprised of stunning photography as if the site was a giant art gallery, it wasn’t a site for a newbie web developer.
More sites started popping up which offered less quality but at least I wouldn’t have to blow a big part of my budget on a picture of a woman drinking coffee. Sites like iStock Photo and then big stock photo popped up making images more affordable for people looking for images to use for web and promotion.
As of this moment, my favorite site for stock photography is www.dollarphotoclub.com. I actually found out about it through one marketing agency i worked with and later introduced it as a standard at another marketing agency I worked with. This website has a huge collection of usable stock photography for just 1 dollar each.
However lately I’ve been introduced to two more last week by a graphic designer and wanted to compile a short list that might be worth looking at if you’re looking for free stock photos. I’ve looked at other blogs that suggested free stock photo websites but what I found was small libraries of photos that were very abstract and surreal.
Let’s take the images on gratisphotography.com for example. Amazing and fun images but I highly doubt i’ll ever use any of them.
So here’s a list if you’re a cheap bastard or just trying to save a dollar instead of going to dollarphotoclub.com. Although many of the sites I’ve looked at had impressive photos, if they didn’t have search functionality then I didn’t bother listing them.
17 FREE STOCK PHOTO WEBSITES
1. Photopin (http://photopin.com/)
2. Unsplash (http://unsplash.com/)
3. Free Images (http://www.freeimages.com/)
4. Kaboom Pics (http://kaboompics.com/)
5. Stock Photos (http://stockphotos.io/)
6. Morguefile (http://www.morguefile.com/)
7. Stocksnap (http://stocksnap.io)
8. Picjumbo (https://picjumbo.com/)
9. Gratis photography (http://www.gratisography.com/)
10. Negative Space (http://negativespace.co/)
11. Pexels (https://www.pexels.com/)
12. 123RF (https://www.123rf.com/search_free.php)
13. LibreShot (https://libreshot.com/)
14. Free Stock Photos Stock Pic (http://stokpic.com/)
15. New Old Stock (http://nos.twnsnd.co/)
16. Life of Pix (http://www.lifeofpix.com/)
17. Splitshire (https://www.splitshire.com)
In creating this list, I’ll admit I searched out a few more to see if there was any others worth mentioning but found a large majority were just galleries of hipsters. I doubt i’ll ever need a photo of an effeminate man wearing a fedora, skinny jeans and a 1940 train conductors hat. Equally annoying were affiliate sites posing to be provide free stock photos only to rediect you to stock photos that weren’t free.
If you have any free digital photo websites you recommend please recommend them in the comments below.