Overview

Stock photos are those free open source sites that users look for to get photos paying nothing.

When I was in the process of making a site for my client, he demanded to have some stock photos on his website that might be royalty-free and I found some of the best photos sites that you can also browse to find the best stock photos in your niche.

TOP STOCK PHOTO WEBSITES 

 1. Splitshire

This site is run by photographer Daniel Nanescu and includes hundreds of original quality stock photos. You will get free stock photos for commercial and personal purposes.

Advantages:

  • These are all HD quality images.
  • You can download the photos instantly.
  • No copyright restrictions are imposed on these images.
  • This website is useful for bloggers, designers, entrepreneurs, and website developers.

Search Feature: Included.

Registration Required: No

Resolution:  Low / Medium / High

Models: The models on this stock photo website are not very diverse. The images are Caucasian.

2. NEGATIVE SPACE

This site does not have tons of stock photos but many of them take place in professional settings.

All the stock photo raw files in the Negative Space are registered under the CCO creative commons license.  This means that you can copy, share, update, and carry out the work even for commercial purposes.

Advantages

  • No copyright restrictions are imposed on these images.
  • You don’t have to ask for permission or attribution.
  • The raw files are registered under CCO.
  • The site is perfect for B2B Lifestyle, Consumer, and outdoorsy brands.

Search Feature: Included.

Registration Required: No

Attribution required: Not required

Resolution:  High / Medium / Low

Models: Some photos feature models while others don’t.

3. ISO Republic

This site has a European vibe. It offers free and premium stock photos.  The search feature doesn’t work great but the categories in the navigation bar are helpful.

 Some of the well-liked criteria are People, Urban, and Various (which include a fair amount of tech-inspired photos.

Advantages

  • Recently it is accepting photos from featured photographers.
  • Categories in the top nave are helpful.
  • The ISO Republic has photos from destinations that don’t feel hackneyed.

Search Feature: Included.

Registration Required: No

Attribution required: No

Resolution:  High / Medium / Low

Models: Wide collection of different creeds, cultures, and ages. But in most of the cases, the subject’s face is hidden.

4. CANVA (affiliate link)

It is a graphic design resource that also houses a wide variety of free and premium stock photos. It is organized into categories that offer access to HD quality photos. With a Canva Pro Account, you gain access to 60 million-plus photos.

They also include easy-to-customize templates for social media posts to presentations, storyboards, and business cards –even Zoom Backgrounds.

 Its objective is to bring diversity in the library and providing better representation of women in (stock) photography.

Advantages

  • No copyright restrictions are imposed on these images.
  • You can use and download these images.
  • This site offers easy access to HD quality photos.
  • This site is useful for brands across the countries especially lifestyle and fashion.

Search Feature: Included.

Registration Required: No

Attribution required: No

Resolution:  High / Medium / Low

Models: Some photos feature models whereas others don’t.

5. DREAMSTIME

Dreamstime is one of the largest stock image websites. It is a reliable supplier of high-quality photos at affordable prices.

Dreamstime has a collection of 137 million stock photos with a 7-day 10-image trial. It also offers a free image or creative commons of the week.

Advantages

  • It offers access to high-quality photos.
  • To ensure that you get the best, these photos are reviewed and edited by professional editors.
  • The database is renewed with thousands of new photos and titles regularly.

Search Feature: Included.

Registration Required: Yes

Attribution required: Yes

Resolution:  Low / Medium / High

Gallery Size:  Large / Medium / Small.

Models: Some photos feature models whereas others don’t.

6. Getty Images

Established in the year 1995 “Getty Images” is an international digital media agency that has images from all over the world.

The company takes pride in representing the work of 250,000 dedicated and expert photographers and other content creators, 100s of media and content partners.

Advantages

  • It offers access to high-quality photos.
  • The database is renewed with thousands of new photos and titles regularly.
  • The Company helps in creating a power creative career.

Search Feature: Included.

Registration Required: Sometimes

Attribution required: Depends on the stock photo.

Resolution:  Low / Medium / High

Gallery Size:  Large / Medium / Small

7. RGB STOCK

RGB Stock has the maximum free stock photos and graphics. It includes more than one lakh photos available for both commercial and personal uses.

If you want to download or use an image outside of the terms and licenses specified on RGB Stock, you can easily contact the image author through the official site and ask for permission.

Advantages

  • It offers access to high-quality photos.
  • It is easy and simple to navigate the images.
  • The images are distinguished by categories.

Search Feature: Included.

Registration Required: Yes

Attribution required: Depends on the image.

Resolution:  Low / Medium / High

Gallery Size:  Large / Medium / Small

8. SHUTTERSTOCK

An international technology company Shutterstock has formed the largest and lively two-sided market for creative professionals to license content covering videos, music, and stock photos along with resourceful tools that influence artistic procedures.

Advantages

  • Shutterstock has its portfolio of brands helping thousands of marketing agencies, brands, and media organizations all over the world.
  • It has a Cloud-based management platform for organizations. It has developed offset, a high-quality image collection.

Search Feature: Included.

Registration Required: Yes

Attribution required: Depends on the image.

Resolution:  Low / Medium / High

Gallery Size:  Large / Medium / Small

9. 500px

The resources are available for both commercial and personal use. The creative photos communicate inspirational concepts or ideologies making them perfect for advertising products.  However, the images that you find on 500px are not free to employ.

Advantages

  • It offers access to high-quality photos.
  • It is easy and simple to navigate the images.
  • The images are distinguished by categories.
  • You don’t need to register for creating an account.

Search Feature: Included.

Registration Required: No

Attribution required: Yes.

Resolution:  Low / Medium / High

Gallery Size:  Large / Medium / Small

10. Pexels

If you want to get millions of photos in all classes then Pexels is the best free stock photos website that actually introduced by Canva. The most amazing thing that I have seen during the search for my project was the design and the catalog it uses to categorize all of the images are awesome.

License: Did you ever see the images used on the website gives a credit to its original copyright holder?  But, in the case of Pexels, you don’t have to give any attribute and you can easily use it for all of your commercial purposes and obviously for personal use. Pexels has the CC0 [Creative Commons Zero] license.

Advantages: The best advantages that you can create yes lots of photos in all categories and the catalogs are heavily designed. You will get cool add-on apps for editing the images i.e. photoshop editing.

Disadvantages: Two types of photo you will see in Pexels: the artist or user that originally submit their images on Pexels and on the other hand, the Pexels uses the other website images in their catalog. That’s the reason it increases the chance of getting copyright issues with the images. So, you have to be careful to only use the images that originally uploaded by an artist on Pexels.

11. Picjumbo.com

This website gives us eyestalk where you can get several high-resolution free stock photos since 2013 by the unique designer and photographer Victor Hanacek. Unlike other stock photo websites, the provide no watermark for your photos. The images are completely royalty-free and high resolution also.

License: The company claims that they provide the stock photos completely free and you can use it for any work to your client or for personal use. But still, you want to reach share it as your own photography then you have to pay them almost $150 per month, and then you will be able to re-upload or re-share it as your own. So take your own membership and make the photos completely yours still if you want to grab them with payment.

Advantage: 100% free HD photos get at one click. Choose from the category or search your choice to get the perfect photo or image. Their sponsor partner is stock.

Disadvantage: If you want more premium results, picjumbo.com gonna show you you to take premium membership to use the high-resolution stock photos or post them online as your own.

12. Stocksnap.io

Another name in the field of stock photography is stocksnap.io which is completely free from copyright restrictions. Their photo storage gets updated every week. So if you search for one thing today and search it again next week then you gonna get new results of high definition stock photos and most of the works are unique and charming that we hardly get on any website.

License: They provide advanced level photography on the way through their hard work and the license use just free from any copyright. Stocksnap’s CCO license generally requires as you know, no attribution to the creator.The user can exclusively use the photos for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Advantage: The company is very advance that they give more priority to the users with advanced technical licenses and they have skipped the normal developing issues. Their primary target only provides our large stock in several categories within what search for any topic and gets the classic image as choice filling.

Disadvantage: As a common man’s duty, we cannot show any picture for any illegal expression or blame the creator. It’s better to use those free stock photography for the real requirements.

13. Foter.com

Foter.com tells that their photo database always supports the professionals to grow the work and businesses with free stock photography. This free image provider is famous for its lovely & adorable work for each image since 2006.

License: CCO license tells that you need not worry about the attribution while using the stocks. Better use them flawlessly for your projects.

Advantages: The three-step download style; put your topic in the search bar, pick the favorite one, download is free & again you do get the options to get them in different resolutions.

Disadvantages: The company uses your cookies for better performance. make sure you got for the Html code while posing the photo file online.

14. stock.adobe.com

Adobe has always been a unique & influential company with their photoshop. Their website also provides you with the best photos available in many categories.

License: The user can’t use their picture without giving payment.

Advantage: One of the most quality photos they do provide.

Disadvantage: You can only use their photos through membership. Still, you can download the photographs with watermark & it’s free.

15. 123RF.com(paid or unpaid)

Huge stock of vector, clipart, illustrations paid, or unpaid. If they’re charging the payments but it is very low regarding other websites. Their work some unique charm when you see any photo you can feel it.

License: This company has a huge list of the license agreement for the users. You can choose any other method to download the photos for your use but still, if you want free photos then you have to go for a free license it’s also available. Free license sounds attribution free images with some photos that you can use without giving any payment. They have done this the demand of the users.

Advantages: Which company provides the best value for money photos against payment all in some cases you could get it free. The more flavor the company adds with the providing of illustrators and clipart along with the vector images.

Disadvantages: In some cases, you can also pay for a vector illustrator. The real stock doesn’t come to you freely. All you need is to pay accordingly. Open up the website and check about the subscription packages which give him credits for downloading the victor illustrators. The subscription plan requires almost $1 per credit. The more you pay you get price cutoff and discount like $29 gives 10 images per month. On the other hand, a $79 package will provide 150 images in one month. So it is better to go for an advanced package. However, in the four different sizes, you can download any image. The picture size din end credits differently starting from S to XL.

16. Photoblog.com

The simplest design of their website attracts the users. The new users can really browse the site and fulfill their diamond rough free photography stocks. The photo works did by the photographers really cool and subjective. Users will find no haphazard in the huge list of photography.

License: Redshot provides you the free license that you can download modify or distribute the images for free. And undoubtedly use the pictures for your commercial purpose without giving any attribution to the creator photographer. That means you are using their works free of cost.

Advantage: The website is so simple and that large icon of the search bar comes when you open up the website. The work of the search is really pleasing to me as I checked their website.

Disadvantage: I Could not find any disadvantages because their mission is on the highway to provide some help to the people who are really in need of free stock images.

17. Pixabay.com

At the first glance of pixabay.com, anyone easily gets how beautifully they have arranged into the website with the huge stock of free vector photos victor illustrators and even some videos.

License: License generally tells about what we can do or not. So this is a completely free photo giving website where you can use the images for free for any e private or commercial use and no need to pay any heat to the creator. Else you can modify them and use it. But make sure that you don’t make any personal business through these photos or any spam or misleading is hardly restricted.

Advantage: 

  • As a techie, I do search for my serviceable picture and found it on the website. Pixabay gives access to free download any picture in several sizes you can choose any size and you know that the highest resolution comes as the original with largest-ever in size.
  • The company allows you to entertain others or make your work as useful by providing it to others through their website so you can sign up and post your pictures as free vector images that will later make you a renowned photographer. So, discover your hidden talent and you gonna prove yourself useful to others.

Disadvantage: The only disadvantage got at the time of downloading the picture they will say you to sign up else you can just view the thumbnail but can’t download it.

18. Designerspics.com

‌This domain enterprise provides one of the finest lists of free quality photography. This picture resource domain carries a ditto design, really appreciable. Considering the design and the image search bar at the top will never disappoint a new user. Pictures under Several categories like architecture business food and drinks nature people technology wildlife et cetera might give your professional work a reason at the top crowning position among others’ works.

Licensing: The title that you need no attribution for any photography. Download in high-resolution pictures anytime and you can modify the pictures and use it in your personal are commercial field as the images are completely copyright free.

Advantages: The photographer Jeshu John holds the authority of all the pictures you see on this website. The hassle-free photo domain regularly attracts a wholesome of new users. And the most important part is that you gonna meet the latest stock image updates every month.

Disadvantages: Not any noticeable drawback I found but still I can say their storage and categories of photos should need more engagement in a lot of quantity if I compare with the top sites.

19. Kaboompics.com

I hope that you should find your best photo free of cost. The class this classical look of this domain give you the search was almost at the top middle position so you can search your preferable one. All the images are copyright free so that conserve the best use for any work for the project.

Advantages: Two types of photography fees are provided that is the free stock photography and color pallets. Their photographer posts their best shots for the users to download. The photos posted here are really authentic and nice as the author does the job professionally. You can trust their work at any level. The pros I really appreciate while browsing that anyone can download their photos in three different sizes of original medium and custom. That custom downloads in my thought, I hardly found on other websites and it really appreciable work that you can download any picture on the basis of its proper resolution. After clicking the picture you want to download you get underneath a series of photos taken together before and after. This might comes to your work as describing any process step by step and that’s a great deal.

Licensing: Kamboopics.com offers a license of CCO that means the pictures are free to use for any creative work or modification. The exception binds you unlike others; no mean anybody can resale or redistribute the picture for photography as their own. In this case, you have to provide proper credit to the photographer. In my opinion, you should not mismatch their guidelines as photographers get some inspiration when you give them proper credit for their work to take their photography to the next level.

Disadvantages: There lies all the advantages except 12 that going to use the free vector images anywhere might not be allowed that. Reselling is strictly restricted and that’s fine.

20. Freerangestock.com

A piece of good news for the user to search for free photos comes along with another free stock providing a website that is free-range stock dotcom. The free range of stock distribution is provided from the US-based company, very rich in terms of quality photos with HD resolution.

Licensing: The company offers you the CCO designation for its search engine. They don’t demand any type of charge for their clicks. On the other hand, they also don’t with them without any restrictions. The only thing generally other websites maintain as security purposes that selling, redistribution or upload online for father download, etc. are not allowed. I will say if you could give proper credit to the photographer while posting the picture on social media will certainly generous work. advantage.

Advantages: All the stock photos are totally free. The images are categorized in different segments so that you could reach your destination. The most interesting part is adding new image stocks every day which adds more value to their website. And remember that no attribution required so go ahead and make your work beautiful.

Disadvantages: You might contribute to show your generosity. However, this does not seem to me as a disadvantage.

21. Unsplash

Browse open source stock photos from unsplash.com. Billion of photos that put your work way ahead of the competitions. while searching images for my interest the variety of stock photography in different categories really soothes my heart. The company tells that they have over 2 million photo stocks at present.

License: Get relaxed, if this would come under the paid section this site would never get listed as free stock photos.

Advantage: we have checked out this website and I am sure you gonna get your demands meet at this point. The cool pack of photos for your desired category and have your work done at ease.

Disadvantages: I could not find any noticeable problems at all so step ahead.

22. Foodiesfeed

I think the website name has shown you what type of stock images they do provide. so reach out to this site when you become hungry. I am simply crazy looking at their food stock images. so be hungry!

License: why do you pay while getting anything free of cost? and of course, Foodiesfeed demands no remuneration against the stock photo storage on food. They hold a CCU license. so you are good to go and get everything without giving any credit to them.

Advantages: get a strong commercial lineup with their pictures to attract customers and make your friend eat more by one click. Thousands of awesome food pictures will disappoint you never.

Disadvantages: Your weight might increase if you visit their website often. So keep visiting.

23. Pond5

What can I say rather than one of the best websites read you eat there huge storage of royalty-free photos, animations, video footage, and some cool audio. While other site shares only photos, you can find royalty-free music, video footages as a bonus gift.

License: They give royalty-free images and other staff in the free section. This portion appears under the CCO license. The user is free to provide any proper credit and use their bunch work of free photos, audios, short clips at your project.

Advantage: Pond5 gives you almost all types of commercial media including images, music, short video footage. Your work might not face any restrictions to use their works.

Disadvantages: However, this company puts enough effort to provide you free stocks but the storage is very limited that sometimes I could not find intellectual search results that I can use in my work. Rather the paid section is accomplished with rich and fruity storages.

24. Flickr

Now focus on another Image hosting website from America. It is a large community group where you can get Over 10 billion photos in different categories.  Here you can post your captured photos or download pictures for your commercial purposes For free. The company remains that they have professional photographers who capture Photos from different aspects.

License: The same condition applies to this website as a free image provider. This comes with a CCO license that is a creative commons license. It tells that whenever you take a photo you are the rightful owner and you can go for editing or posting wherever you want.

Advantage: Definitely you can download any picture or use it for free. the more you can get that you can download any picture or photo as a thumbnail too or download the resolution you want.

Disadvantage: Once the image owner makes any photos private, nohow you’re getting the picture. you can get the HTML code and use it in your desired place.

25. Iconfinder

Get any premium vector icons for free. This company primarily targets proving the best icon search engine on the web. Search & download from the huge resource of icons in SVG, PNG, CSH and AI format.

License: Some tricky ways they are using. However, both paid & free services are available with some restrictions. Use the icons for personal use for free but don’t go for business or reselling anything with their icons. Now go for it fast! Icons are waiting for you.

Advantage: The lovely & cool icons might melt your heart at no cost. Also, tie up within the paid section if you find some more useful icons that’ll add more value to Iconfinder.

Disadvantage: A little disappointment I also felt as a user that everything is not going cashless. Don’t worry, under the search result turn on the ‘Free icons only’ to continue without worry.

26. Unsplash

A large collection of free stock photo source is available for the creators.

The vector photos provided are mostly realistic. When someone learns about its royalty-free output, it becomes more attractive. Simply search for your niche for any category and get your unique result.

License: Users, you can definitely use Pixabay contents for free whether it’s commercial or noncommercial. This company uses Creative Commons(CC0).

Advantage: End of the day, I could use their picture without giving proper credit for any Stock photo. No issue of copyright persists at all. March ahead with your business.

Disadvantage: Generally, no problem found while using their Vector images as all of the contents are free with proper permission.

27. Gratisography

The HD quality pictures generally please our mind & Gratisography does it for the users. Go with this website for the next level search results. So, without wasting time, pick your suitable stock for your work. Ryan McGuire of Bells Design is the creator of all the vectors.

License: You can modify their images, edit or print them. Also, use the pictures in your blog, websites, post them on social media. The only thing the company tells you is that You can’t use their stock for any illegal use.

Advantage: Pick the best photo for your work for personal or commercial use. Their stock gets updated weekly.

Disadvantages: Restrictions are less for using their pictures but obey the rules before you use their work. I can’t know about your requirements so be aware before you dive for project work.

28. Freestocks.org

Free stock start org give the new ones a collection of high-resolution quality photos and vector images. The categories are updated every day thinking of the satisfaction of the use.

 License: This website company offers stock images under CCO license which tells that the images free and objected to use for both commercial and personal uses.

Advantage: The photos are unique in style having several categories. The unique feature is that you can browse by category or footwear topic in the search box for more specific results. While researching that website I found that his company has a team consists of three photographers. and they are extremely happy by providing us with images.

Disadvantage: You can download any images only in the original size. no manual resolution or other sizes are available.

29. Picography.com

this website has produced a lot of free photos for the past three years. people are getting their demands full filled with the free stock photos available in different categories. Picography gives us Millions of stock photos without any charge.

License: This company comes along with a CCO license. it tells that you can use any of the free vector images without paying any attribution to the creator. modify or use the picture at ease for your personal or commercial purposes. Dave Meier is the main photographer with some other teammates who put enough value on the work.

Advantage: The company claims that they provide the service free photos for the betterment of the people.  I too appreciate their service which comes at no payment.

Disadvantage: The bags of photos generally show no disadvantages at all.

30. Goodfreephotos

One solution for both photographer and Photo freak. anyone can post they are clicked shots download pictures clipart stock photos without any payment. isn’t that enough to find a specific Stock image for Photoshop editing? browse in all categories for your perfect stock and use the images for both commercial and domestic purposes.

License: The company goofreephotos.com claims that they have more than 27000 Free public domain photos, Cliparts, images pictures, and a lot more and this comes under CCO license. The image gallery is no mean ordinary. still, you need to be careful as all the image contents come under this license but you are not only finding and grabbing the selective one this domain only. you should know that images we do get not only provided by this website, but there is also a lot of photographers, involved in providing you the best stock outcome.

Advantage: As a public domain, they give permission to posting images from any corner of the world. as a result, you are getting exclusive images globally. The most attractive part relies upon using contents without even asking for any permission without giving proper credit to the artist. Get the latest stocks, pictures in the section of the last 100 pictures.

Disadvantage: This community shares useful image contents for your business in several categories for your creative work. but care a bit while running image search and download proper image which comes under no copyright due to a public domain.

 

Debojyoti Roy

Debojyoti Roy

Debojyoti Roy is the student of computer science and a professional developer. He founder Qitwire.com to work on tools and soon learn the way to help people letting them know the best tools available in the internet. Besides, he has a sleepless interest in photography and videography.

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