Many websites and other types of projects use stock photos to add a bit of personality and creativity to the design, but these can often come with a big price tag. Sites like iStockPhoto can charge over $30 per image, and while they have a really good selection of stock photos, more often than not you can find something that suits your needs on one of these free stock photo websites.
Pexels offers a large collection of high-quality free stock photos and videos created by some really talented people. They also state that they are the world’s first inclusive free stock photo and video library, which I love! This is one of my favorite places to find free stock photos when a design calls for it. You can use their Explore feature to find collections of photos centered around a certain topic, such as shopping, friends, pride, business, and more.
Pixabay has a whopping collection of over 1.8 million high-quality free stock photos and videos for you to use in your designs. Their library also includes illustrations, vectors, and even music. Their creatives share their work for the world under Pixabay’s open-use license, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.
3. Burst – by Shopify
Burst is a free stock photo collection curated and maintained by Shopify, one of the most popular online eCommerce platforms available. Their library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images that were shot by a global community of photographers. They do encourage users to credit the artist whenever possible, but it’s not required as a part of their image license.
Unsplash is another popular free stock photo library with over 1 million free high-resolution images. Their community of over 157,000 photographers has provided images for brands like BuzzFeed, Squarespace, and Trello.
Foodiesfeed offers a great collection of natural-looking food photos that are completely free to download. Foodies from around the world share their photos on Foodiesfeed to help make the online space related to food more beautiful and eliminate all those cringy food stock photos that people keep using.
6. Jay Mantri
Jay Mantri has made his collection of images available for free under the Creative Commons license. While you won’t find a search bar or any navigation on his website, you can scroll endlessly down the page to see his collection and easily download your photos.
StockSnap.io offers a beautiful collection of high-quality free stock photos for just about any use you can think of, including commercial usage. You can search by category or browse through hundreds of royalty-free images. StockSnap.io is selective about the images that they allow their users to submit, and they consider each submission for content, angle, color scheme, composition, artistry, and more.
PikWizard is a (mostly) free stock library with a collection of over 1 million photos and videos. All assets are premium, contemporary, and completely copyright-free. Their license allows you to use their assets for both personal and commercial use without attribution. In addition to their beautiful collection of images and video, they also offer an image editing application called Design Wizard, which lets you customize your assets with your logo and captions.