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The best free stock photo sites 2019

Stock photography has something of a bad rap – it’s often a bit cheesy (aptly illustrated by Tumblr blog Women Laughing Alone with Salad ) and even when you find something suitable for the project you’re working on, you might have to fork out for a costly subscription fee.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Thanks to talented and generous photographers, there are thousands of stunning original photos in the public domain. We’ve collected the five best free stock photography sites where you can find great pictures for all your projects.

All of their photos are free to use without attribution for personal, editorial or commercial purposes. However, there are still a couple of restrictions to bear in mind. The main limitations apply to photos of identifiable people, trademarked products and privately owned property (not only people’s homes, but also some landmarks). Getty Images has an excellent guide to intellectual property, which is worth checking out before you get started. 

Also remember that many of these sites take contributions from amateur photographers who might not be fully aware of the rules surrounding model releases for photos of people, and may not have asked their subjects to sign a waiver. If you're not sure, it's best to contact the site directly.

You might also be interested in our list of free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. 

Image credit: Carl Flor on Unsplash

Image credit: Carl Flor on Unsplash

1. Unsplash

Stunning pictures from pro and semi-pro photographers

Consistently high qualityHandy search toolMobile app available

Unsplash is a well curated collection of beautiful photos donated by skilled photographers, and has been used to create some incredible work. There are fewer images than you’ll find on Pixabay (see below), but the quality is more consistent.

Unsplash’s search tool is the fastest way to find a picture, but if you have a little time of your hands, check out Collections – groups of photos sorted by other users into themes like Light and Shadow, Street Life, and Into the Wild. You can create your own collections after signing up for an account. They’re ideal for inspiration, or gathering resources for a project.

Unsplash even has an iOS app, which helps you find stock pictures to use for creative work on an iPad or iPhone.

As with all the stock photography sites here, it’s not necessary to credit the photographer, but Unsplash notes that it’s nice to add a simple credit with a link back to their profile as a courtesy. The picture featured here is by Carl Flor.

Unsplash

Image credit: Poswiecie on Pixabay

Image credit: Poswiecie on Pixabay

2. Pixabay

The biggest collection of free stock photos and illustrations online

Huge collection of imagesOffers illustrations and photosQuality is variable

Pixabay is packed with well over a million public domain images – not only photos, but also illustrations, vector graphics, and even a handful of videos. Its selection of landscape photography is particularly strong, and the Editor’s Choice is well worth a look if you don’t have something specific in mind. 

Once you’ve found a suitable picture, choose an appropriate resolution (print projects will need a much higher resolution than online ones) and complete a Captcha to download the file. You can cut out the Captcha by signing up for a free account.

The vast majority of pictures on Pixabay are safe for work, but to avoid anything explicit appearing in search results, make sure you check the Enable SafeSearch box before browsing.

The quality of photography isn't as consistently high as Unsplash, but if you can't find what you need there, Pixabay might be able to help.

Pixabay

Image credit: Ryan McGuire

Image credit: Ryan McGuire

3. Gratisography

Fun and surreal photos that provide a breath of fresh air

Consistently high quality photosFun, unusual imagesRelatively small selection

If you’re looking for something a bit quirky, Gratisography – a collection of pictures by talented photographer and graphic designer Ryan McGuire – is perfect. Ryan’s photos often have a surreal edge, and are brilliant if you’re sick of dull stock photo clichés; there are no women laughing alone with salad here.

Gratisography doesn’t offer as much content as some other free stock photo sites, but Ryan’s creative eye makes up for that, and he adds new pictures every week. You can subscribe to his newsletter for update alerts, or keep an eye on his Twitter account.

It’s not essential to credit McGuire when you use his work, but he appreciates it if you do.

Gratisography

Image credit: Pexels

Image credit: Pexels

4. Pexels

Free public domain stock photos from around the world

Photos arranged by themeOffers UI mockups for designersSome photos are limited use

Anyone is welcome to upload photos to Pexels, and the site’s curators will pick out the best shots to populate its searchable collection of public domain images. You can search for something specific, or browse by themes including pastimes, emotions, and locations.

Pexels is a particularly good choice for web or app designers, with an excellent set of device images that are ideal for displaying interface mockups. A couple of images stray close to stock photo cheesiness (ideas that are tricky to illustrate spelled out with scrabble tiles, for example), but the vast majority are creative and original.

Pexels has a category dedicated to space photography, which looks amazing, but bear in mind that some of the material is from NASA – one of the organizations whose images should only be used in specific contexts.

Pexels

PikWizard

Image credit: Authentic Images on PikWizard

5. Pikwizard

An excellent resource if you need natural-looking photos of people

No awkward, cheesy posesOnline photo editor availablePhotos under different licenses

PikWizard offer thousands of free stock photos across a broad range of subjects. The quality is impressive and – unusually for a free stock photography site – there are lots of photos depicting people in natural poses. Nothing cheesy here.

The selection of urban photography is impressive, too. If you need a stunning cityscape, PikWizard is a great place to look.

If you want to get creative without leaving your browser, PikWizard provides links to an online photo editor. Most of the tools and templates here are premium designs, but none cost more than a couple of dollars.

Photos on PikWizard are offered under two licenses: Free and CC0. A CC0 license means the photographer has waived their copyright, but a Free license means they retain the copyright, but have given permission for their work to be used without payment. The full license explains in more detail. It's not necessary to credit the photographer, but it's appreciated if possible.

PikWizard

Image credit: Negative Space

Image credit: Negative Space

6. Negative Space

Free stock pictures from up-and-coming photographers

Work from new photographersFrequently updatedSome copyright-protected subjects

Anyone with a camera is invited to contribute to Negative Space, which aims to give amateur photographers a platform to share their work with the world and support fellow creatives. 

As with Gratisography, you can subscribe to Negative Space’s newsletter for updates when new images are added, and because the content is refreshed so frequently, it’s well worth re-visiting to look for new pictures if you’ve been working on a project for a while. 

Negative Space is based in the UK, so much of the photography features British scenes. At the time of writing, the collection several shots of architecture in London, so it’s worth checking out this guide to intellectual property and the London skyline before using these.

Negative Space

Canva Natural Women

Image credit: Canva

7. Canva Natural Women Collection

A collection of photos that breaks stock photo conventions

No forced posesGreat diversity of models

Stock photography tends to follow tired conventions, particularly when it comes to shots of women. Canva (creator of one of our favorite free photo editors) offers a refreshing break from the norm with a collection of pictures showing diverse woman in natural situations. There are no stilted shots here – just a good representation of women of different ages and races being active and involved with the world around them.

The Natural Women collection is free to use, but Canva also offers a selection of premium stock photos under three license agreements.

Canva Natural Women Collection

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What makes great stock photography

For print work, resolution is key. Standard photo prints require a resolution of at least 640 x 480 pixels, but your printer and designer might well want something higher. The photos need to be as sharp as possible, with no artefacts or noise visible when zoomed in. Avoid shots that are even slightly out of focus.

Creativity is also very important. Stock photography has a poor reputation because so much of it (even on premium sites) relies on cliches and awkward metaphors to convey tricky concepts, but experienced photographers tend to have an eye for interesting details and scenes that might convey a message in a more subtle or imaginative way.

Ultimately it's up to you to decide which picture is most appropriate for the context, but some sites (such as Unsplash) let users tag images themselves, which can make it easier to find something that fits the message you want to express.

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