Images and photos are essential elements and building for creating great designs. Getting access to highest quality unique photographic material can be quite costly unless you’re taking the pictures yourself. Fortunately there are other options because some photographers believe it makes sense to share their creative work for free. Quite a number of websites provide services to creative photographers that allow them to participate in communities and share, get rates etc. This article provides an collection of the best websites where you can get quality images and photos for free. If I missed some web sites that deserve to be features please let me know. Also, if you are showcasing your own work online then a photography theme can help you build a professional website.
Some of the sites included in the list offer free stock photos only for personal use, All photos are the property of their respective authors check their policy before using their collection.
Search more than 4.500.000 photos. It features a nice feature to allow you to collect photos you find.
This site offers free photo exchange and a community section where you can participate in bulletin board discussions or join as a member if you wish to contribute your own work. They also provide free online photography courses and sponsor a scavenger hunt and photo competition. Their stock photos can be used in commercial or personal projects without permission or credit from the photographer, and as mentioned, you can also submit photos to the site with their approval. You’ll find a very broad range of subjects offered, and the site is neatly organized and user-friendly.
StockVault.net provides a directory of over 14,500 great free stock photos, 20000 members. The photos are available for download in the following categories: 3-D Renders, Animal Kingdom, Construction and Buildings, Nature, Objects, People, Seasonal, Textures and Backgrounds, Web Templates, and a variety of unsorted images.
Flickers main purpose is photo management and sharing and millions use it for that purpose. This makes it a great place for inspiration and searching for good photographs. Many photographers allow others to use their art and you will find that many photos are licensed under Creative Common.
You will find very high quality photo material here and it is free. All images are separated in 18 different categories with really handy navigation.
Very popular community for designers, photographers etc. It is a very good source for photos. Just make sure you check the license carefully and/or ask authors first for their permission.
This site has over 7500 free photographs for download and more than 8000 users.
browse and download 2,000 (3.4 GB) free stock images from 10 categories
This easy-to-use site offers over 2500 original stock photos, free of charge. While registration isn’t necessary, you can sign up for their mailing list to be notified of website features and images updates, as well as to gain access to a special members-only area featuring additional image galleries.
A collaborative website, created and run by designers, that offers a wide range of user-submitted free stock photography. You don’t have to sign-up in order to download images, making this site very easy-to-use. Of particular interest is a feature that allows you to create a free online photo portfolio – when contributing photos to Unprofound, you automatically get a website showcasing all the photos contributed by you, as well as an optional personal photo, bio and links. You can use this self-contained portfolio website for professional or personal business use.
This stock photography site offers a wide range of high resolution free stock photos and textures, with all images at least 2400 x 1600. All you have to do is sign up for a free membership, log in, and download away. You can use a keyword searchable stock photography database, or alternatively, browse through their online image catalogs. As well, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you have the option of e-mailing them to see if they have your desired image in one of their extensive, not-yet-online archives. If they have it, they’ll get it to you for free.
Image*After offers you the possibility to download and use free stock photos and high resolution pictures. The site’s layout is simple, with an easy-to-use FAQ available on the main page. At the moment, the volume of images is somewhat limited, but it is quickly growing. Sign up for their weekly newsletter to be notified of new additions to the site!
A vast collection of stock photos for free private and commercial use, Photo Rack organizes its images by category. Categories include Lifestyle, Nature, Food/Cooking, Animals, Industrial/Technology, Sports, Business, People, Cities, Backgrounds/Textures, and Miscellaneous. A cool feature of this site is the option to send most images to any e-mail address of your choice as a postcard!
Currently in process of updating their layout, but worth checking back, as it was mentioned by Mark Thompson of YotoPhoto as being a top free stock photo site!