Last Updated on by Karl
Free stock images for blogs, Instagram and other marketing are important as the owners don't usually make a lot of income from their sites. Marketers working for businesses also need free images to lower production costs.
In marketing, a great image is often a key component of the message. The constant need for pictures can dig deep into your pocket when using stock photography. If you want a particular image, then it makes sense to pay for the stock images as it will be a lot cheaper than to hire a photographer.
What to do when you need images all the time, but their marketing lifespan can be measured only in days, maybe hours? Images for Facebook posts, email newsletters, individual slides in presentations that you use only once… Paying 10 or 20 dollars per image for these adds up. So where do you get free to use images?
I have collected a bunch of sites that give you exactly that… free images for commercial use.
Make sure you bookmark and share with your friends!
I encourage you to share your images on public platforms under similar licenses. So you give back for the value you get… Here are some of my pictures (free use no credit needed).
Free images, videos, illustrations, and more
freepik.com – find free vector art, illustrations, icons, PSD and photos for using in websites, banners, presentations, magazines.
visualhunt.com – 354 million+ Creative Commons Photos. 55k+ CC0 – 100% free high quality photos
Access Over 50 million Royalty Free Stock Images. Start Creating.
www.flickr.com – Flickr is a granddaddy of all image sites. When users upload their images, then they can select a license that applies to the use of that image. Use the license filter and select one of the following:
- Commercial use allowed
- Commercial use and mods allowed
- No known copyright restrictions
- U.S. Government works
These selections give you images that you can use for free. Check the license for attribution and other restrictions.
snappygoat.com – large collection of free, public domain/CCO images with 14 million Public Domain/CC0 stock images, clip-art, historical photos and more, all in one searchable data base. It includes an easy to use meme-maker.
designerspics.com – free high resolution images for personal and commercial use. Attribution not required!
splashbase.co – free photos and videos, hi res.
Icograms.com – Create 3D City Maps and other illustrations. It's easy, does not require design skills, and your design will be unique.
unsplash.com – Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.For 10 new photos every 10 days.
www.freeimages.com – a free image site with almost 400,000 images for free use. The site contains paid and free images promoting iStockPhoto paid services.
foodeverest.com – high quality food images for free. Without any registration or restriction, you can use either for personal or commercial purposes. It’s perfectly suitable for today food bloggers and web designers.
foodiesfeed.com – more free food pictures.
focusfitness.net/stock-photos – Free fitness, food & drinks, and weight loss stock photos. All photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
jeshoots.com – cool & free photos for business or personal use in high resolution.
splitshire.com – free to use images and free stock photos for commercial use. Download high quality free stock photos without copyright, do whatever you want. Updates everyday!
picjumbo.com – totally free photos for your commercial and personal work.
goodfreephotos.com – Good Free Photos is a large collection of High Resolution Public Domain Photos. Images are categorized by geographic location. The site focuses on documenting State Parks, National Parks, National Landmarks, and historic sites. We have animals and plants by species. Other photos include technology, cars, and airplanes. All 6000+ photos are free to use for any purpose, and if you need a specific photo, we do take special requests. At least 20 photos are added every week.
lifeofpix.com – free high-resolution photos, no copyrights restrictions. Images for personal commercial use. New photos added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain. Hand-made with love by Leeroy advertising agency in Montreal & its network of photographers.
gratisography.com – free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New awesome pictures added weekly! All pictures were photographed by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions.
cupcake.nilssonlee.se – free to use images (do whatever you want) and photos. All photos are licensed under the Creative Commons license CC0, which means that you are free to use the images without any costs. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission.
publicdomainarchive.com – new 100% free stock photos. Every. Single. Week. Everything you need for your creative projects, all public domain images!
imcreator.com/free – A curated collection of free web design resources, all for commercial use.
mmt.li – free for commercial use photos by Jeffrey Betts. CC0 license.
getrefe.com/downloads/category/free – lots of free images.
isorepublic.com – free to use images and premium stock photos.
pexels.com – all photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. CC0 means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose. Currently over 6,000 free stock photos. And every month at least 1500 new high-resolution photos will be added.
stokpic.com – free stock photos for commercial use (Stokpic License). Basically you can do anything apart from redistribute.
kaboompics.com – Great place to get breathtaking free pictures for business or personal projects.
nos.twnsnd.co – free vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions.
sitebuilderreport.com/stock-up – searching 13,000+ free stock photos across 26 websites
raumrot.com – free stock photos for your commercial and personal works. Copyright free stock photos for your website, blog and printdesign. Creative Commons license CC0.
scatterjar.com – Scatter Jar lovingly creates delicious free food photographs for creatives to use in both personal and commercial projects. New high-resolution photos of food are published on the site every week, from fresh ingredients to beautifully finished dishes. All of the photographs on Scatter Jar are free of charge. However, you are not permitted to redistribute, sell or re-sell any of the Scatter Jar photos on your site or through third party vendors.
moveast.me – free images. This is a journey of a Portuguese guy moving that decided that every photo should be used for free. Help yourselves and use them wherever you want (CC0).
barnimages.com – Free photos, what else… 🙂
pikwizard.com – Pikwizard is an image library with over 30,000 free stock photos that you can use for both commercial and non commercial purposes. Their library is growing daily, and their ultimate goal is to build the library to 1 million images.
startupstockphotos.com – Free photos for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators, and everyone else.
jaymantri.com – free pics. Do anything (CC0).
pixabay.com – free images and videos you can use anywhere. All images and videos are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.
images.superfamous.com – images are available under the conditions of a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. CC 3.0 means that you can use the work for your purposes as long as credit is provided. All images by Folkert Gorter.
magdeleine.co – You guessed it! Free images!!
mazwai.com – lots of free videos.
allthefreestock.com – Get all the free stock images, videos, music and icons in one location. All of the sites offer images listed under the Creative Commons Zero license, so you are free to use these images in commercial projects.
rawpixel.com – free images, PSD Mockups, and Vectors you can use anywhere. Registration required
Free photo finder – a tool to autogenerate links with pre-filled searches to most of the top free images sites. It helps when you are looking for a topic: say “dogs” but can't find an image. You type it in once and then click on each link. Voila! Pre-filled multiple searches for blog images.
burst.shopify.com – a stock photo site powered by Shopify for Entrepreneurs. Burst offer high-quality free images for business owners that are free to use for any purposes and under CC0 license.
negativespace.co – Because we want to give our visitors easy access to beautiful, high-resolution photography, all of the photos on this site are free. Free in cost as well as free to use under a Creative Commons CC0 license. Something for everybody, so be sure to check out our categories: Abstract, Animals, Architecture, Business, Black & White, Food, Landscapes, Nature, People, Sport, Street, Technology, Transport, and Work.
freerangestock.com – quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free. You can use our free images for nearly any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, without attribution.
stocksnap.io – high quality stock photos for just about any use you can think of for free (including commercial use). We offer these images under a single, simple CC0 license that lets you do what you want with all our photos, with no attribution required.
monisphoto.com – Moni, a girl who loves photography. All photos on the website are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes. Image resolution is 4900 x 3200 px if not little croped (some older photos 3600 x 2400 px). You can use the photos without asking permission from or providing attribution to the Moni’s Photo.
There are a lot of sites and the selection is huge! The quality of the images will vary but you can almost always find something that works for your project. However searching trough the images may be time consuming and sometimes it makes more sense to get your image quickly form commercial stock.
Read How to Use Images to Make Your E-Commerce Site Sell More.
If you can't find free images, try the premium stock photo sites istockphoto and shutterstock.
Image credit: Photo frog