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When you create a site or blog of your own, you need images to go along with your content. There is not much design to your site or blog if you have no images. Without a nice design, you are basically looking at craigslist (slight chuckle). Don’t get me wrong, I love craigslist. However, it is boring to look at.

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Images help break up the content on your posts and make the reading experience more enjoyable as it is pleasing to the eyes. People are more likely to click on a shared post that includes an image than one that does not. The success of your blog depends on the success of your content, all of your content, including your images.

Remember, you can’t just grab any old image off of google or another site without them being legally free to use. This means the images you use within your site or blog content must be images that have been released free of copyrights. You might think these are hard to come by but actually, they are surprisingly easy to find if you know where to look.

Free Stock Photos

To help you out I have compiled a list of the top 11 places for free stock photos.

These top 11 resources are ones I regularly visit to grab free stock photos as they are the best out there, in my opinion.

Adobe Stock – Free 30 Day Trial

Let’s start with the mother of all stock photos, Adobe! The head honcho! It may not free forever but for 30 days, that works for me!

Pixabay

Pixabay’s images and videos are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. This makes it possible for you to download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free. You can use them for anything you like, even in commercial applications.

Pixabay also offers an app for both android and iphone.

Pexels

Pexels is much like Pixabay in which all the photos are free to download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free. You will sometimes see some of the photos that you see on Pixabay, come through the search results on Pexels as well.

Pexels also offers a Chrome extension, an app for both Mac and Windows, and a Photoshop plugin!
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StockSnap.io

StockSnap offers free beautiful stock photos and adds hundreds of new ones every week! They are all free from copyright restrictions and also offer a graphic editor.

Unsplash

Unsplash has free high resolution photos and are licensed under Creative Commons Zero. I know we have been over what that means but for those who just skim through, that means they are free from copyright restrictions. Subscribe and you get the best of Unsplash sent right to your mailbox!

FreeStockPhotos

When you think there couldn’t be anymore more resource websites offering an unlimited amount of stock photos for free, think again. This is another one offering awesome high quality photos for free and have no copyright restrictions! Go crazy!

Sign up for their mailing list and get a lifetime supply of photos! Say what!?

Freerange Stock

Death To The Stock Photo

Death To The Stock Photo offers to send beautiful photos straight to your inbox for free. Although you can get their photos for free, they offer even more in their premium service!

Picjumbo

Picjumbo is another great resource for free stock photos. You can sign up for free, for their mailing list where they send you free photos or sign up for their premium service to get brand spanking new, never before published photos! Check this one daily because they add new ones nonstop.

Bucketlistly

Bucketlistly was created by Travelistly founder and UI/UX designer Pete R. It features a collection of over 5000+ travel photos from all over the world and anyone is free to use them as they have been released under Creative Commons. Be ready for these, they are absolutely breathtaking.

Lifeofpix

Alright so Lifeofpix doesn’t have the largest selection of stock photos but they are still great quality photos. They are free so you can’t be too demanding about the selection sometimes, it is not like you are paying for a promised service. These are some of the best high quality stock photos out there that you can get for free and some of them you won’t find at every other resource (like some of the photos through these sites will be duplicated and seen on others…I guess some of them pull from the same feed?).
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After you pick out your photos, head over to PicMonkey and follow along my tutorial on How To Create Stunning Images For Your Blog In 5 Minutes!

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Happy blogging!

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43 Replies to “The Top 11 Resources For Free Stock Photos”

  1. Pexels is my personal favorite! I get lots from there. I’ll be sure to check out the rest of these!

  2. I love unsplash. Good quality photos that never disappoint, but I have never used any of these other websites and I try really hard not to use photos that aren’t mine but sometimes you just have too.

  3. I didn’t think I needed stock photos since I write a family travel blog, but I’ve been finding myself searching for them every once in awhile. This is a fantastic post and I’m going to save it!

  4. Great tips and nice list so I know where to look for other photos for my articles! I use Pixabay for my article photos and take my pictures of food for recipes.

  5. Thank you! I love to use pictures, I try to take all my own, but sometimes I want something I don’t have. I am glad to use some of these free resources.

  6. Brilliant tips! I’m always on a look out for great original stock photos and to be fair it seems like everyone and their cat are using Pexels right now which used to be my favourite! About to explore what the other ones have to offer, I’m sure there will be a new favourite of mine:) xx

  7. I’m a Virtual Assistant and I always get free stock photos from Pixabay! Maybe I should try other resources listed above. These look great!

  8. I make it a goal to take all my own photos for my blog, but this is such a great option for when and if I don’t have time to set up, shoot, and edit. It’s a lot of work! Thank you for sharing your resources with us.

  9. I’m always looking for good and free pictures for my blog. There are so many rules and I’m always worried about doing it wrong so sites like this are amazing!

  10. Great list! I use quite a few of the ones you listed, upsplash being one of my favorites, but I did learn a couple of new ones. Thank you! Pinned

  11. I’ll have to check out these resources. I take all my own pictures for blog posts, but sometimes I do wish I had access to stock photos for when I want certain lifestyle shots.

  12. Having a travel blog these are very useful. I tried looking for free stock images for a while now but never could fine any quality ones. Now I will try each website listed above. Thanks a lot! Bookmarked your site.

  13. Stick photos have saved my butt! I love knowing where to go. I didn’t know about some of these spots!

  14. Hi, very informative article.
    Please also check out https://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique public domain photos, all high-resolution and free to use for any purpose.We specialize in photos by location as we document cities, national parks, state parks, national landmarks, and more. We update with 20+ photos each week. Appreciate it if you could add us to your list of sites.

  15. I personally never use stock photos but maybe it’s because I haven’t found a great resource for them. Great tips, thank you!

  16. I rarely use stock photos since I am a photographer. This is a great resource list for those who have a need for it. Thanks for sharing.

  17. It’s important to have good resources when you’re a blogger. It’s not always easy to go on a photoshoot for a post. I think these websites make blogging easier.

  18. Great list and you’re right – so so important to have images where you’re not infringing on rights! I’m a big fan of Unsplash but you’ve given me some great new ideas here of sites to check out. Thanks!

  19. i agree that visuals play a huge role in blogs/websites. Thank you for this list! I am always searching for creative pictures to use.

  20. Hello,

    thank you for your list! I think you may also like https://avopix.com as a source of free stock photos (public domain, commercial use, no attribution required). We have more than 125 000 free photos, direct download, favorites, etc. What do you think about it?

    Best regards,

    Martin from Avopix.com

  21. Great stock photo resource!!! I use pexels and pixbay most of the time! I very rarely use stock photography though so they do the trick the hand full of times I do

  22. This is so helpful, I rarely use stock photos for my main account but I do use them all the time for my business account.

  23. Very well written article. It will be supportive to anyone who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work – looking forward to more posts.

  24. Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any points or suggestions? Thank you

  25. Indeed a very informative post for bloggers. I knew some of these but some are new for me, so I’ll check them out now.

  26. I’m always looking for free stock photos that doesn’t include any watermark. I really prefer using my own photos but there were really times that these stock photos come in handy without breaking through some copy right issues. I haven’t used any of these resources you mentioned but I will definitely give them a shot… bookmarked your post ^_^ thanks for sharing it with us

  27. This is interesting as recently I was looking for a photo of a particular person for a post I was doing and I’m not really sure if it was free or not… Anyway I always use my own photos and will going forward. Buts its good to know these sites are there if I need one.

  28. Very helpful information. I’ve been searching for some good photos for my blog. Going to check out Pexels. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Haha it did make me laugh when you mentioned Craigslist. I agree great sites have both good content and imagery and there is certainly nothing wrong with stock photos. Sometimes I have to write posts where I need stock photos so I will be pinning this post for future reference x

  30. That’s very informative and interesting post! All those tips are brilliant and thanks for sharing them with us! Btw. Thanks for keeping us updated!

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