26 Truly Free Stock Photography Resources

Paying for stock photography can eventually suck up all your hard earned money. What is one to do as the Internet gets more visual? Don’t get me wrong, I believe we should purchase quality photos as often we can afford or budget for, in particular when we want a higher quality image to go with the post. However, you can supplement with free stock photography for non-pillar posts.

Truly Free Stock Photography

Before we start with the list, a quick note about what is truly free. Personally, I consider truly free as in CC0 license. Free for commercial and personal use. To be clear, what this usually means is, you can put these images on a for profit blog or website. You can’t however, take these photos, put them in a collection and sell them as a package or even put the image in the product where the image is the main focus. In other words, if your product doesn’t function without the images, it’s probably not legit to use it that way.

The sites listed contain mostly free stock photography. Regardless, please make sure you read their terms before using as most sites have their own terms and licenses. Also, read each image’s license because on some sites, not all photos are CC0 or public domain.

1. Death To The Stock Photo

Love them! Really high quality. 10 free every month or opt for premium for $10 a month.

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2. Freerange Stock

Freerange

3. Photogen

Photogen

4. PD Photo

PDPhoto

5. 4 Free Photos

4_Free_Photos

6. PublicDomainPictures

Public_Domain_Pictures

7. Alegri photos

Alegri_photos

8. BurningWell

BurningWell

9. PublicPhoto.org

Public_Photo

10. FreeDigitalPhotos

FreeDigitalPhotos

11. Public Domain Photos

Public-Domain-Photos

12. Wikimedia Commons Public Domain Category

Wikimedia_Commons_public_domain

13. Europeana

Europeana

14. Library of Congress

Library_of_Congress

15. Public Domain Review

The_Public_Domain_Review

16. Pexels

Pexels

17. New Old Stock

New_Old_Stock

18. Unsplash

Unsplash

19. Splitshire

SplitShire

20. Wylio

This isn’t actually a photo archive but more of a service to help you find photos.

Wylio

21. MyStock

This is pretty new. Thus, the library is still fairly small at time of writing, but it seems to be growing and so far, I haven’t seen these images on other sites before.

mystock

22. LibreStock

This is more of a CC0 photo search. Pretty useful alternative to Pexels which also searches other sites.

librestock

23. Alana.io

Another one that landed in my inbox. I checked and they are CC0. Organized by category but you can search as well.

 

alana.io

24. Barn Images

Not just images of barns. Created by two photographers from Latvia, they admit ironically, they don’t have images of barns! They put out new images every week and they also have a premium subscription and premium packs. A good way to support them. It doesn’t say exactly the images are CC0, but their license does say free for personal and commercial use at time of writing so make sure you double check that before using.

barnimages.com

25. Rawpixel

Unlike other sites, they require registration, but creating an account is free. They do have a little more restriction than most so do make sure you give their license page a once over at the very least.

rawpixel

26. Free For Commercial Use

Photos are offered by sets in a variety of styles. Just be careful. These are not CC-0 but CC-BY so you should give attribution.

6 Comments

  1. Donna White on September 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Very odd that I have only heard about 2 of these. This is great! I use pixabay and photodropper plugins on my sites, but occasionally I need something I can’t find on there. I usually pay, because it’s worth it, but IF I can find an image free, it will help my finances.

    Also these sites are good to find images on sites you don’t own, such as blogger and tumblr.

    Another one of your posts I keep as a reference.

    Take care and thanks!
    Donna 🙂



    • Lynette on September 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Heya Donna!

      I was just talking to my husband the other day about how big the Internet really is. Just when you thought you discovered it all you find something new. This is exactly why I created this post. It started off as a list I kept in a file for myself. This list has been in the work for weeks.

      Thanks for putting in your thoughts. I really appreciate you doing so.



  2. Juanita Aydlette on September 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Lynette.

    I tried the steps on your YouTube video about removing page titles without removing navigation, but it didn’t work. I ended up with no theme title, no navigation menu–just the image on the static page. Everything else had disappeared.

    The code /* */ was already there on the page php template, except there were two stars on the first one. I deleted the line containing the_title, just like you said and updated it.

    Is there anything that I could have done wrong?

    I loaded my own theme instead of the wordpress twenty thirteen theme. Could that have made a difference?

    Desperate,

    Juanita Aydlette



    • Lynette on September 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Hello Juanita, I’ve done a few YouTube videos and seems like I’ve lost track of the ones made. Could you link to the one you are talking about?



  3. Shaun Hoobler on October 27, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Me, I always use Freepik.com for free images.
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    • Lynette on October 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      That’s a great resource too Shaun. I use them on and off as well. Just didn’t include them because the work they feature is mostly not CC0 or public domain.



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