If you are building a website or a social media presence, you probably will need lots of photographs and other types of images. But buying commercial photos can be expensive. Some sites charge more than $10 an image and this can add up. Fortunately, there are many great websites that offer free stock photos. Here are 6 of the best:
Pexels offers hundreds of thousands of high-quality stock photos that you can use on your own site, and they are constantly adding new ones. They also offer a very generous license. You can use their images for any purpose — commercial or non-commercial — and you can modify their images any way you like. What’s more, you do not even have to provide any type of attribution.
Unsplash offers more than a half-million free stock photos. Photographers around the world have gifted these high-quality, high-resolution photos that you can use any way you want — including for commercial purposes — and you do not have to provide attribution. They only ask that you do not compile and distribute photos from the site. Unsplash further has a great collections feature that makes it easy to find what you are looking for.
Canva is a website that offers both free and commercial stock photos. Their free library includes millions of high-quality images that you can use for any purpose apart from redistribution. The site also offers some great free tools. This includes a web app that lets you easily create a variety of graphs. They also have an app that lets you edit images. They further provide tons of templates that you can use.
Pixabay has more than 1.5 million images that you can freely use on your website. You can use these images for commercial purposes and without attribution. You can even distribute their images. All they ask is that you no do not hotlink them. This means that you must put the images on your own site instead of directly linking to theirs. What is great about Pixabay is that they offer more than just photos. They have illustrations and vector graphics, too. They even have videos that you can freely use on your website.
StockSnap.io is a site that offers high-quality images that are available through a creative commons public domain license. This means that they are free to use in way. You just can’t imply any person depicted in an image endorses your product or service. The site also has an excellent search tool, and it lets you know how popular a particular image is.
Burst is a division of Shopify that offers thousands of free stock photos that you can use on your website, whether or not you use any of Shopify’s other services. What’s more, there are no restrictions whatsoever on how you use the photos. What makes this site stand out from the rest is that most of the photos have a commercial theme to them, which can make more useful for website builders.