Where to Get FREE Stock Images Legally (37 Free Sites + 3 Free Trials)

Pixels by Tina - Free Stock Photography

Hey Everybody!

Okay, so I often see posts and questions from fellow bloggers, photographers and graphic designers wondering where should they get free stock photos without having to worry about copyright infringement.

Listed below is a curated a list of beautiful websites for free stock photos. I did verify that each website was what it claimed to be and that the quality of the images was on par with my own. Before we get to the list, there are a few things you should be familiar with if you're using free stock photography libraries.

You want to be searching for Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licenses. They allow you to download, copy, modify, and sometimes distribute the photos, even for commercial purposes and as editorial images, all without asking permission.
But always check the license as some photos may require attribution. The website's license link can almost always be found at the very top or the very bottom of the Home page, for each site. Sometimes, it can be found on the About page. I've done my best to highlight which license they fall under but I still advise you to do your own research and determine how these images can be used, just in case things have changed on the site.

The only serious restriction is that identifiable people, like celebrities and politicians, may not appear in a bad light or in a way that they may find offensive unless they give their written consent. Whenever you're needing someone's consent, get it in writing! You should also make sure the depicted content (people, logos, private property, etc.) is suitable for your application and doesn't infringe on any rights. Be respectful of registered trademarks as well. For example, if there is a Nikon logo/product in a photo, you should write “Nikon, the Nikon logo and all products are trademarks of Nikon Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.” The same with other brands, again, you’re responsible for how you use the photos.

Although it is not required, it's always appreciated when you can provide attribution to the artist. Just type "Photography by..." 

I guess I could include my site since I give away free images too when you sign up for my newsletter, it's only four, but I plan on creating a library too! So stay tuned for more!

Alright! Let's get to it, shall we?

1. Styled Stock

StyleStock offers free feminine stock photography for every woman entrepreneur. The collection is totally free for your commercial & personal works.

 

2. Dreamstime

Dreamstime has a pretty extensive library of high-resolution Royalty-Free and public domain (CC0) images for free. 

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3. Morguefile

Morguefile is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” A community-based free photo site, and all photos found in the Morguefile archive are free for you to download and re-use in your work, be it commercial or not. The photos have been contributed by a wide range of creatives from around the world, ranging from amateur photo hobbyists to professionals.

 

4. Pexels

It's hard to understand complex licenses that is why all photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

 

5. Shot Stash

ShotStash offers a broad range of photos; they add new images every day under a free for commercial and personal use license.

 

6. Life of pix

Free high-resolution photos, copyrights restrictions for personal and commercial use. New photographs added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain. Warning: no mass distribution allowed. Distributors are allowed to repost a maximum of 10 images without our written Life of Pix consent.

 

7. Pixabay

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0.

 

8. Epicantus

Epicantus contains free original photography by Daria. You can use these hi-res photos for your landing pages, blog posts & designs. All photos are released under creative commons CC0.

 

9. Ivory-Mix

Sign up and receive more free, in your inbox, and monthly. Get your free access to these stylish stock photos for your brand.

 

10. New Old Stock

Vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions.

 

11. StockSnap.io

Creative commons public domain – no attribution required. Hundreds of high resolution images added weekly

 

12. Pic Jumbo

Picjumbo is a collection of totally free photos for your commercial & personal works. New photos are added daily from a wide variety of categories including abstract, fashion, nature, technology and much more.

 

13. Unsplash

All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.

 

14. Shopify

Burst is a free stock photo site that is powered by Shopify. They have 1000’s of high quality and royalty-free images available and free to download. Under the licenses, you aren’t required to credit the photographer or Burst. They built this site to empower designers, developers, bloggers and entrepreneurs to create stunning websites and marketing campaigns. You can use these pictures for just about anything

 

15. Death To The Stock Photo

Under the license, you may display a DTTSP photo as you please, reproduce it, add it to a
collection, and make adaptations of it. However, you may not distribute the photo—so don’t include it in
any photo packs or give it out for others to use. 

 

16. Public Domain Archive

You can copy, modify, distribute and edit the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. As hard as it might be to understand, this means that all of the images on PublicDomainArchive.com are free for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

 

17. Canva

Free Photos. Canva offers thousands of free high quality elements you can easily access and use on any of your designs.

 

18. SplitShire

The use of SplitShire free photos is not allowed in projects that have inappropriate content such as but not limited to any material that incites or promotes violence, racism, any discrimination, prejudice or intolerance toward any individual or group, religion, sexuality, gender, political view. But everything else is okay!

 

19. FFCU

Stunning lifestyle imagery for modern creatives. FREE authentic unstock/non-stock images for your next commercial or personal project.

 
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21. Realistic Shots

Free stock photos (high resolution) for personal and commercial use. 7 new photos every week. Just make something creative!

 

22. Gratisography

Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. All pictures were photographed by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions.

 

23. Free Nature Stock

Royalty-free nature stock photos. Use them however you want. Created by Adrian Pelletier. Updated daily.

 

24. Magdeleine

Free and hand-picked photos for your inspiration.

 

25. Snapwire Snaps

7 free beautiful photos every 7 days by license and commission photos from 200000 of the world's most talented photographers.

 

26. Kaboompics

Kaboom Pics offers a wide variety of high quality free stock photos including abstract, city/architecture, fashion, food, landscapes and more. Photos can be used for commercial purposes but cannot be sold or redistributed.

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27. Travel Coffee Book

Sharing beautiful travel moments. All photos are listed under cc0. That means you can do whatever you want with them.

 

28. Foodie`s Feed

Food photographers from all around the world share their photos under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license to help accomplish the ultimate goal of Foodie's feed, to make the online space related to food more beautiful and eliminate all the ugly sterile stock photos that people still keep using.

 

29. Startup Stock Photos

Free photos for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators, & everyone else.

 

30. Cupcake

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. 

 

31. Jay Mantri

Use them in your website, themes, templates, projects, print materials, social posts, and more. New photos each week. CC0 license.

 

32. MMT

Use them in your website, themes, templates, projects, print materials, social posts, and more. New photos each week. CC0 license.

33. Negative Space

Negative Space provides 20 new photos every week released under Creative Commons CC0. At NegativeSpace, it’s their goal to simplify the process of sharing and finding beautiful, high-resolution images. 

 

34. Free Stocks

All photos on freestocks.org are free and licensed under CC0 (Creative Commons Zero). You can copy, modify and use them both in personal and commercial projects. However, you can not sell the photos themselves.

 

35. Picography

All the images are free and licensed under CC0 (Creative Commons Zero). 

 

36. Skitterphoto

All photos are public domain. This means that all photos are free to use for any purpose. You may download and edit photos and even use them commercially. Browse the categories or search by keywords.

 

37. Little Visuals

The purpose of this site is clearly defined and sad but yet, inspiring and beautiful.
"Those of you who look at Little Visuals and any new visitors will be aware there have been no further uploads for over a year now. Sadly the young man who created this site died suddenly in Nov 2013. His name is Nic he is 26 and we are his family...."

 

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38. BigStock 

Try it FREE for 10 Days and download up to 100 royalty-free stock images!

 

39. Alamy

Save 20% Off All Video and Imagery on Alamy!

 

40. Adobe Stock

Get 10 Free Adobe Stock Images!

Pixels by Tina

Yes!!!!!!!! Now that's an epic list!

I really hope you find every image you need! I have been working on creating my own stock photo library for you guys! If you haven't signed up for my newsletter, you should because I give you four awesome images to do whatever you want with, right away as a zip file!

-> If you know any other sites, write it in the comments and share it with us!

Peace & Love,

www.pixelsbytina.com.