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10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses



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10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses

When you need an image, picture/photo for your website, blog post or just for anywhere else, where do you usually go to first? If you say Google Images then this is definitely for you. And if that's the case, you probably get fed up looking for the right image only to find it's too small or you're searching for one thing like gorgeous sunsets only to find people with cheesy smiles laughing into their salads..

Well here I am going to change your life forever! Or at least, the way and the where you get your images from! You don't need to use just Google Images to find the right image for your needs and poach someone else's. These days there are many great free image and photo stock sites you can use to find hundreds of free images and photos that are free for both personal and commercial reasons.

A quick history of free photo and image stock sites.

Go back 10+ years and most image and photo stock sites were mostly paid only. However these days, there are more sites all vying for you to use their site that are providing tons of free high quality photos and images you can use for personal or commercial reasons. So I've put together this list of some of the best free stock photo sites that are free to use. And cool to use for some reason.

NOTE. While all of them do provide free images, some do have paid plans too and some of them might actually require permission first before you can use them for commercial use. Check with the sites terms or FAQ of each site before using them first. Otherwise they are free to download and use on your site or wherever you want!

Please note: These images seen here are not the originals and have been cropped.

https://unsplash.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?

  • Can join using Facebook.
  • High resolution Royalty free stock photography.
  • Can use for personal and commercial reasons.
  • 10 free hi-res photos emailed to you every 10 days.
  • Easy to search and find images.

http://www.gratisography.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • Whimsical humorous photos and images.
  • Free images for personal & commercial use
  • New photographs added weekly.
  • High resolution photography.

http://startupstockphotos.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • Beautiful high resolution stock images.
  • Perfect for a tech related website.
  • Focuses on startup photography.
  • Simple and easy to use.
  • No registration required.

http://www.pexels.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • Powerful high resolution stock photo search engine.
  • Massive collection of many stock images.
  • Easy search feature to find whatever you need.
  • Ideal for designers, bloggers and anyone looking for great photos.
  • Many categories, nature, abstract, technology and more.
  • Free photos for any personal and commercial purpose.

https://stocksnap.io/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • Powerful stock image search engine.
  • Free photos bot for personal and commercial use.
  • Very user friendly interface and search feature.
  • Provides super high resolution photos in a snap!

http://www.lifeofpix.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • Very high res photos and videos added weekly.
  • All photos/videos are copyright free for personal/commercial use.
  • 1000's of outdoorsy, nature, lifestyle photos.

http://www.resplashed.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • Over 122 royalty free stock images available.
  • Instant results based on search keywords.
  • High resolution stock photos for any niche.

http://stokpic.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • Free stock Photos for commercial and personal use.
  • 1000's of free stock photos for every purpose.
  • 10 new stock photos added every other week.
  • Many photography categories from abstract to tech.
  • Extremely easy to navigate and find images with.

http://picography.co/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • 1000's of great lifestyle photos.
  • Free for personal and commercial use.
  • Easy to search and navigate.

http://isorepublic.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • A large community of contributors.
  • All photos free for personal/commercial use.
  • Lots of categories and easy to navigate.
  • Ideal for blogs, stores or any purpose.

http://mmtstock.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • 1000's of high resolution photos on the site.
  • More focused on nature and city photos.
  • Free for both personal and commercial uses.
  • New high resolution photos added weekly.

http://magdeleine.co/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • 1000's of amazing high resolution photographs.
  • Free for personal and commercial uses.
  • Very easy to navigate and find photos based on search keywords.
  • Can sort photos based on colors or the categories.

http://jaymantri.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • Royalty free photos for personal/commercial use.
  • Tumblr blogger that adds 7 new photos every Thursday.
  • Mostly landscape and city photos.

http://www.raumrot.com/
10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses
Why's it cool?
  • 1000's of high res royalty free photos.
  • New photos added weekly in many categories.
  • Able to view sets based on what category you need.
  • All photos can be used for commercial reasons.

Conclusion
Okay so that's a few more than 10 but I had to sneak the others in as they're well worth a look at from time to time if you need something you can't find. I've often found photos on these smaller sites that I couldn't on the others. But now that you know some of the best sites to get free stock photos and images from.

All you need to do now is start using them. Whether it's for your own personal blog, website, presentation or something else, you'll be likely to find the perfect photo or image for your needs from these sites. And not Google Images! 10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses

Do you know of other free stock photography resources like these?

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TommyCarey

Oh man, I ran into some problems last year using images I found online for a web design that I was doing for a client. I found the perfect image online and added it to the contact us page of my clients website. About 3 weeks after I transferred all the files and began to optimized the website, my client got a pretty brutal email from gettyimages saying that my client now owes them $3,000 for the image that was stolen from them. I didn't know what the hell was going on because I've used tons of images I found online and have never had a problem.

Getty went back and forth with my clients lawyer and they got the price down to $750 and then I eventually paid for it because I felt bad. After that whole situation I started looking for a good stock image and vector website that I could use for myself and my clients. I came across a few on this list and was pretty pleased. Some stock image websites want you to pay around $50 for 10 images a month, which I personally think is insane. Sure the images are pretty awesome, but I can easily substitute it with a similar image from a different free image website lol 10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses

I did find a really good stock image and vector website that I've been using for around a year now. You have access to 350,000+ images for $19.99 a month and you can download up to 100 a day 10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses Not too shabby lol 10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses I'm going to write up a discussion about that website shortly 10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses




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idealmike

Wow Raz you should have held back until your very last breath! But that just goes to show why you shouldn't poach images that you're going to use for commercial reasons. I think them asking for $3k is just pure scandalous though. I mean why $3k? Why not $30k? Why not $30,000,000? Who sets these amounts!? The fact they were willing to accept $750 just shows they were being greedy. I think you should have counter sued them for trying to over sue you! If that's even possible! Oh well just to keep the peace sometimes I guess it's better just to nip these things in the bud so you can all move on and that I can respect and understand.




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bobjoehax3

This is super cool. Thank you so much for the info!!! I'm going to bookmark this post and check these out later when I'm on my laptop. I feel like I'll get a ton of use out of these. I appreciate you taking the time to put this together for us!!




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idealmike

You're welcome Bobjoe and cheers!




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ziaalich

There are some other websites too. Such as:

  • Pixabay
  • FreeImages.com
  • Shutterstock (Premium but Best)
As you know Shutterstock images are premium but I have a trick to download them:
http://digitblogger.com/shutterstock-images-downloader/




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procoder

Great share Mike! I've used only some of them, and yeah they are really great sites. It's been a long time since I stopped downloading images from Google, because you'll never know if they are allowed for personal or commercial uses only.

These sites are simply the best option, for anyone who wants to download HD images for free.




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idealmike

Exactly pro! You know it makes sense! And no watermarks either! 10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses




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Lynne

Oh Mike I have been waiting and waiting since last week for this promised list of websites for stock images... Ok I didn't see this because I didn't log on over the weekend!

Thank you for all these great websites, I have added them to my list of websites to check out. Like I mentioned in my previous discussion I have been using pixabay.com for a long time now but I am feeling a bit stale on that website now.

Have you ever heard of Dollar Photo Club? I was using them at one stage and I loved using them. They had lovely images and you pay just $1 an image. Unfortunately they have closed now which is very disappointing. I found this a lovely way to get cheap images when Pixabay didn't give me quite what I wanted.

Thank you, I really appreciate this list of free image websites!




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chrisvs

Dollar Photo Club was excellent, and have been transferred to Adobe Photo. You can get a cheap first yera membership for around $7 per month, which allows you to download 10 images each month.




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Lynne

Oh thanks for letting me know, that is awesome 10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses I really appreciate that. I am using free sites but the images are not nearly as great at the ones I was getting!




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EliteWriter

Thanks a lot Mike. This was something I definitely needed. I had never visited any of those sites. Now I went over and checked them out and they are pretty good. I as sometimes asked to add pictures to the articles, and it does take me a while to find a really good image and one that is available for use without any copyright complications. You made my life much simpler here as I generally restricted myself to pixabay.com, which is rather limited. Now I have a much bigger variety 10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses




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vinaya

I have not used any of these sites mentioned by the OP, however, I am with one stick photography and vector design site that offers 100 downloads in a day. All you have to do is pay $9 every month. By paying just $9 per month, you have access to thousands of designs and photography. A premium member does not have to credit the article.
Check this out freepik.com




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chrisvs

I use Pixabay often now. Their library is growing with excellent photos




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Corzhens

That list of free images for public use is very helpful for those who are in the habit of using free images. For me, I had developed that habit of using only my own images. We have a huge collections of pictures taken by our digital camera since 2004. One veteran in the internet said that it is safest when you use your own image because copyright is now a big issue. That’s the reason why I have never used any picture from any other website unless it is for the purpose of reference.




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cmoneyspinner

I can't believe it! Pixabay is not on your list. But that's great! Because I have been wanting to find sites other than Pixabay. When I first saw this I thought you might name one or two sites. I went through your list and I'm like “WOW! Are there this many sites?” I've never heard of them! I bookmarked all of them! Thanks! 10+ Way Cool Free Stock Photo Image Sites for Personal or Commercial Uses




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