Where can one find high quality, free stock images?
One of the primary reasons a website or a blog is successfully reflective of its offering is due to well-presented stock images included in it. But, coming across the perfect image that is not of an exorbitant price is difficult. Even though it is the Internet we are talking about here, the image quality and inventiveness of free stock images generally downplay the information provided with it.
In this blog post, we seek to enlighten you about some websites which provide stock photos that may or may not require attribution. Attribution involves linking the page / post the image was used in back to the photographer. Also, text that cites the photographer (e.g. Photo by Jamie Mathias) and that renders proper credit is necessary. Hence, you can avail photos without paying a single thing, as long as you attribute where it is asked.
Some of these images come with the small price of attribution, but many may not require you to specify an attribution. Artists can choose how you use their work as per the Creative Commons licence. Under this licence, an artist allows for adaptation (transformation and building upon the material being utilised) and sharing (copying and redistributing in any medium and format) of his work for private and commercial purposes.
So, here are some websites that we would suggest using when you’re stuck with a picture that isn’t perfect. Read till the end because we’ve saved the best for last.
Nothing negative about this saviour of a website since it is searchable (like all the other websites on this list) but in addition, it is also attribution-free. Negative Space releases 20 new photos every week and all the HD images available on the website can be used commercially as well as for personal use. They can be sorted by category, colour and copy space. Also, since they are available in high quality, you will be spoilt for choice on Negative Space.
Pixabay is a suprisingly easy website to navigate through, considering all the free vectors and illustrations available (over +780K). The search bar provides for filters of colour, dimensions, type and orientation. In addition to that, one does not require a membership to access images. But, for those who wish to stay notified and download the highest resolutions available, signing up is free. More like Pixa-bae, am I right or am I right? Well, moving on…
Gratisography is a website that offers photographs captured by photographer Ryan Mcguire. It has some high-resolution images that are updated on a weekly basis and on the upside, these images have a hint of humour and freshness in them. These photos are free from copyright constraints and there is a Magic Auto Search on the website as well. Attribution to Gratisography is not compulsary but is respected. But if it interests you, you can support Gratisography here.
If you’re looking for stunning, eye-catching free stock images, head on to Picography, complete the CAPTCHA and access photos that will take your project to another level. Curated by Dave Meier, this free stock image website contains images from him, as well as other talented professional photographers. Subscribing to the mailing list isn’t mandatory to gain access but it is well worth staying updated with this basket of brilliant artwork.
New Old Stock is a site that exclusively provides vintage photos from public archives. These images are free from copyright restrictions, at least for personal use. However, it is advisable to go through the rights for usage before involving them in commercial projects. New Old Stock contains suitable quality images in B&W and colour that portray history in an alluring manner. The old-world charm that these photos showcase are one of a kind and can be utilised in intriguing ways. What’s more? There is no attribution to be assigned to the images on use.
At Magdeleine, the uniqueness of the search feature is that it allows you to search for an image based on its dominant colour. All images on the site are not free from attribution, so do check the licence before you use them.
Finding the most popular photos on StockSnap.io is remarkably easy since it is updated with the most viewed and downloaded ones. Sorting can also be done by date, letting you view the latest photographs that are uploaded to the site. Being re-equipped with more than a hundred images per week, StockSnap.io has a wide collection that agrees with all kinds of project demands.
SplitShire was created with the aim of not letting intelligently-clicked images go to waste. The creative force behind SplitShire is Daniel Nanescu, who reveals that the all the photos were Imade with loveI. Need I mention that Mr.Nanescu is Italian? Armed with categories having people, automobiles, food, fashion and other inprirations as muses, as well as a search bar, SplitShire lets you browse through and download high quality free stock images rather easily. There is a premium charge of $20 available for users who are interested in additional services.
With new photos added daily, Picjumbo offers a high-resolution collection distinguishable by categories. The creator of Picjumbo, a 22 year old photographer Viktor Hanacek, has designed the site with a view to provide high quality photos for all sorts of requirements. Plugins for Sketch and Photoshop are available too. Little is it known that one of his photographs also made it to becoming a default system wallpaper on the LG G3 smartphone. All the images on Picjumbo are free, but if you’d like to, you can donate to Picjumbo right here.
The focus is on staying focused on Kaboompics. Web designer Karolina, who has a passion for photography, lets users sift through her high quality images in 3 ways –
– The first is by using the search box
– The second by clicking various #Tags under the image they are currently viewing
-The third is by choosing the category of images they would like to browse through.
Like any other artist, she appreciates it if a user adds the link of the image source wherever any image is used. A small price to pay for some really fantastic photographs and so promoting Kaboompics makes perfect sense.
Stokpic, a fairly recent endeavour by photographer Ed Gregory, doles out 10 free stock images fortnightly. There is an option to view the latest 100 images uploaded to the site. They are not category specific and range from delicious looking food to underwater experiences and busy areas across the world. Attribution is respected. The licence says that apart from redistribution, the images can be used for any purpose.
LibreShot, formerly known as freepix.eu, is an enterprise by Martin Vorel and all images on the site are produced by him. The photos on LibreShot showcase detailing of particular objects, people, architecture, etc. which is a nice idea for undertakings that require detailing to consider as a part of their performance. Images from this site don’t need attribution. Redistribution, however, is not allowed.
This has images that are so harmonious, you might want to sing out loud due to the sheer joy of perfection you just found. Pexels makes available a 100 new, high-res photos daily for non-restricted usage. The ‘intensity’ factor is high on Pexels as every image portrays a character or a story. Perfect for storytellers and descriptive projects, we’d say.
With over 3600 travel photos based on geographic location, Photo Everywhere makes for a great tool for travel bloggers and travel-related websites. Images can also be purchased for a small fee through ValueStockPhoto, a partner site, if the idea of attribution is not welcomed by the user. The World Map option makes searching a lot easier. Also, a Recent Location gallery shows images from the most recent location that have been uploaded.
Not too picky about image quality? Check the offerings of these websites –
Freerange offers photos that have been taken not only by in-house photographers, but also by independent contributors. Viewing images without logging in is permitted, but downloading them is not. The range of images supplied by Freerange is large, but the quality of some of the images may not be up to the mark. Nonetheless, Freerange is a website that puts in work into every image that goes up so that searchers can find relevant pictures to which attribution can be assigned on usage.
IM Free –
IM Free has some decent imagery, even though the inventory is on the lower side. These images may require attribution since the collection is curated from several sources.