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June 28, 2016

5 Awesome Websites for Free Stock Photos

By Terence Keaser II

Don't have the budget to buy your own stock photos? Can’t hire your own photography team? No worries, we have found 5 websites where you can download excellent photos for FREE!  Use these alternative websites instead of downloading an image from Google, which is illegal.

  1. Unsplash.com

This first site is one of my favorites and one I found by accident! These are great photos for featured blog images or social post ideas where you can slap on some text overlay with a cool quote!

  1. Pixabay.com

Our graphic designer Nate is responsible for this find! One cool thing about Pixabay is that you have access to photos and videos. You also get more of that deposit photo feel in some of pictures. Pixabay also allows you to search for vector and transparent files!

  1. Freestockphotos.org

You might of heard this one before! Hubspot powers this website. You’ll get authentic photos but be cautious, sometimes their brand colors are in the photo.

  1. Picjumbo.com

Picjumbo is a free stock photo site created by young designer and photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013. It all started when other stock photo sites didn‘t want his photos due to “lack of quality.” Two years later, the project has turned out to be one of the best free stock photo sites with over 3 millions downloads.

  1. Freeimages.com

Freeimages was launched in February 2001 as an alternative for expensive stock photography. The idea was to create a site where creative people could exchange their photos for inspiration or work. The site has evolved into the massive community you see today — there are over 2,500,000 registered users and around 400,000 photos online.

Bonus: libreshot.com

The power of blogging is the example here. The owner of this website reached out to us and asked us to add him to the blog, and after checking the site out, I decided it was good to add! Libreshot is a collection of hundreds of high-quality free stock images for personal or commercial use.

Attribution and licenses explained.

When you do a Google Images search, the resulting photos are not necessarily ones that you're free to immediately use. In most cases, the photos are still covered by photographers' copyrights. In other words, stop googling images.

If you're looking for photos to use for a design and want to keep yourself out of copyright trouble, you need to locate websites that explicitly define the copyright license of each image. For all the sites listed above, the license is generally pretty easy to find. There's typically a description of the license on every page or at least a link to a description. Here are two license types you're likely to find on these sites:

Creative Commons zero means that you can use the photos  in any way you'd like, without asking permission.

Creative Commons with attribution means that you can use the photo in any way you want, as long as you credit the creator of the photo.

Attribution If you include a photo on one of a web page, add text that cites the photographer ("Photo by John Doe") and be sure to include a link to his or her site.

Be sure to check each website's license page for specific details.

Please Note: If you’re looking for an amazing site for a ton of high-quality stock photos we use Stock Unlimited for a LIFETIME of unlimited stock photos for under $90 FOREVER!! Check this link out https://www.stockunlimited.com/#eyJpZCI6Mzc1NjN9

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Tags: Free Images, Stock Photos, Branding & Design


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