Whether you’re a blogger, social media marketer or community manager, you’ll know the hardest part of writing isn’t actually writing, it’s finding a suitable free stock photo to accompany it!
To help ease the pain, I’ve compiled a list of 10 tried and true sites that offer FREE images. Have a read:
- Death to the Stock Photo: DTSSP is my bread and butter and go-to site. To access their entire photo library, you’ll have to pay a $10/month subscription fee. But freemium users get photo packs emailed to the monthly.
- Unsplash: Unsplash updated their site in the past year. It used to be that you had to scroll through until you found the photo you were looking for. With their new Search feature, the user experience is much easier and their photos are top notch, especially if you’re looking for travel and lifestyle images.
- Pic Jumbo: I first discovered Pic Jumbo searching for an image of bokkeh. Now I rely on them for any holiday-themed images. Need an image of a party or holiday scene? These are your guys.
- Pixabay: Reliable and consistent, Pixabay offers a wide variety of images from lifestyle to tech, and are a great option especially if you’re looking for an unusual subject matter.
- Get Refe: My experience with Get Refe is fairly limited. I’ve tried using them in the past but with no way to search the type of photos you’re looking for it’s fairly difficult. They do however, offer quality images from lifestyle to seasonal. This may be the one you have to check in on every now and then to see what’s new.
- Pexels: Similar to Get Refe, this is another site that has no obvious rhyme or reason but once you get scrolling or searching, discover gorgeous, high quality images for whatever the topic.
- Gratisography: They have some wacky, outlandish images, some of which err on the side of too “stock photo-y” – there are some gems in here if you scroll through them all.
- Negative Space: You won’t find too many photos with people but they’ve got some great nature and lifestyle shots!
- Life of Pix: Curated by an agency in Montreal, they offer high quality, high-res images that have the same look and feel as Unsplash. I haven’t had a chance to use their images much but I like what I see on their site.
- Stockvault: To me this is the most “stock photo-y” site of them all. You also have to be careful when picking your photos as some of them you have to pay for.
Have you used any of these stock photo sites before? Or do you use other ones? Let me know in the Comments below.