Image plays an important role in expressing mood and setting the tone for various designs. From the past, high quality stock images are really hard to come by but in recent years, more and more photographers are sharing their photographs for free and normally under Creative Commons Zero license, which means you can do anything you want with the images, including personal and commercial projects.
StockSnap is the best place on the internet to find beautiful free stock photos that does not require attribution. Hundreds of carefully picked high quality stock photos will be uploaded weekly by the site authors.
StokPic has a big library of CC0 stock images for personal and commercial use. They are releasing 10 new high quality images once in a fortnight. You can subscribe to their newsletter alert to get notified when new batch releases.
Unsplash can be considered as the forefront of this trend. 10 new high quality images will be featured on every 10 days. For anyone that are interested, actually Unsplash is a side project for a company called Crew, and this side project actually saved their startup. I like when they say
The best marketing is when you don’t know it’s marketing.
Jay Mantri is a designer from California, and he is sharing 7 new stock photos every Thursday. You will find lots of natural sceneries, architectures and daily lives photos here.
Like Jay Mantri, Little Visuals releases 7 new photos every week and you can subscribe to their newsletter to receive new images zipped up right in your inbox.
New Old Stock
If you ever need to have vintage stock photos, this will be your ultimate site. New Old Stock features vintage old photos from the Public Archives which are free of known copyright restrictions.
Created by Los Angeles based interaction designer Folkert Gorter, Superfamous features really cool aerial photos of landscapes and sometimes abstract style photos that are free to download and can be used on commercial works, as long as you credit it to Gorter. All the photos here are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.
Gratisography is a website featuring high resolution photographs that are free for all and can be used on any kind of projects. The photographs here are taken by Ryan McGuire.
Pexels is a search engine site that compiles the high quality stock photo websites (like Unsplash etc), and added the nifty search tools allowing users to find photos easier.
Like Pexels, Stock Up is a search engine for high quality stock photos and new photos added on weekly basis.
Pixabay is another useful free stock photo search engine website that has Shutterstock-ish interface. It has one of the largest databases of images and I believe you can find your preferred photos here for your next commercial works.
In IM Free, you can find curated collections of free photos and resources, all available for commercial use.
Made in Moments Free Photos
Made In Moment is a new site that releases 10 free photos on every 10 days. The photos are taken by Marina and Tomy during their travel journeys.
There you go. Above are the websites that I want to share with you all today. Do you have other similar websites that worth mentioning? Leave your comment below!