If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, where can you find great photos to use for free?
Don’t worry! Sit back and relax. In fact, there are hundreds of websites that allow you to search and download free high-quality photos.
In this article, you can find the best online resources that millions of people are using every day.
Burst by Shopify is a free stock photo database where you can download free pictures to boost your next online project.
You can enter your email to get the top new free stock photos sent to your inbox every week.
The license is free, with some right reserved, which means the photo is made available for use under a non-exclusive license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, display and use in accordance with this License and the Burst Terms of Service. You do not need to provide attribution to the photographer, Shopify or Burst, although you are encouraged to attribute the photographer whenever possible.
There’s also an interesting section with online business ideas, with everything you need to start selling (stock photos, suppliers, and more).
Beautiful, free photos. Gifted by the world’s most generous community of photographers.
This is the promise of Unsplash, a stock photo site that lets you download high-resolution images for public use. The site is updated with 10 new photos every 10 days, so there is almost always something new to choose from.
Find different types of pictures, including lots of landscapes, with many outstanding lighting and Instagram style effects.
The site is also very nice and easy to use. Each photo includes a link to the photographer’s page, which you can choose to link (credit is welcome, but not mandatory for the download).
With over ten million monthly visitors and thousands of new photos added each month, Pexels is one of the most popular choices to find free great pictures online.
Unlike other sites, it allows you to create a profile to save your favorite photos, upload your media and even download free videos.
There is an incredible abundance of pictures of all kinds, with resolutions of up to 6000×3375 px (Ultra Hd).
Whether you need photos for your blog, for your business or you just like to watch beautiful photos, Pexels will certainly not disappoint you.
Pixabay is another popular choice to download free photos, in particular for most bloggers and designers.
With over one million images, it offers a wide choice of categories and allows you to search based on many interesting parameters, such as the kind of content (photos, video or vector images), resolution and effects.
All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist.
Ryan McGuire of Bells Design has built a fun site where he uploads new photos every week that can be downloaded for free.
Images can be used for personal or commercial projects, and each picture includes a high-resolution version.
Gratisography has a nice variety of funny images.
This site has a good variety of images – mostly of objects and landscapes – with a difference from other sites: each photo is taken with a mobile device.
These free images can be used for any digital project, but not all of them has the right resolution for printing.
The photos of Refe have a different streak than other sites, as most of them capture everyday life.
7. Jay Mantri
Jay Mantri uploads on his site seven new photos each week, which are free and can be used in whatever you want.
While the style of the images is varied, many of them look rather funky, including a series of photos that feature the illustration of common objects and sunglasses.
MyStock.photos is a resource of beautiful images made by professional photographers, available free of charge for both personal and commercial purposes.
The pictures in this collection are of course in high definition and have the character of representing everyday life.
Magdeleine is another site that makes its strong point the manual selection of free photos, grouped in order to make it easy to find.
You can search by topic, depending on mood or color. So, if you have a little idea of what you need, this site is a great starting point.
The choice of images is quite wide and many of the photos are in color, but there is also a wide selection of black and white pictures.
From dessert to simple vegetable pictures, Foodiesfeed has images of virtually any edible object you can imagine.
The site uploads five (or more) new high-resolution photos per week, and for only $5, it lets you download all the image collections at once (if you use food photos frequently, this could save you a lot of time).
With this site there is only one problem. All those delicious dishes will make your mouth water and you can get hungry right away!
Like other stock photo sites, also Picography offers a wide selection of free images.
It is different from the others, because it includes many photos about events and people. There is also the right mix of colorful and black and white images that allow to having more choice for your projects.
12. Im Free
Im Free is one of the newest sites where you can find quality photos to download for free.
What I like about this site is that you can find, in addition to the photos, also templates, button generator for websites, icons and more free web design resources, all for commercial use.
13. Death to the Stock Photo
Maybe the name does not tell a lot, but Death to the Stock Photo offers every month new free images that you can download for commercial use.
In order to receive new pictures directly to your inbox, simply leave your email address.
14. New Old Stock
New Old Stock is a great site if you’re looking for vintage photos without any copyright restriction. The images are public domain since they are many years old, free of known copyright restrictions.
The site is very simple to use, just scroll through the pages and right-click on a photo to save it.
Superfamous is the website of the designer Folkert Gorter, who offers his many high-resolution images with a Creative Commons license 3.0.
Most of the images on this site are related to nature, in particular the landscapes surrounding the mountains.
16. Public Domain Archive
The Public Domain Archive is a collection of free, unprotected images that are free for personal and commercial use.
With new photos uploaded every week, there are always new images to be downloaded through a good variety of categories.
The type and style of pictures on this site vary considerably. Some are new and modern, while many others are pretty old images. You can also send your own pictures to make them public.
Picjumbo is another stock photo site, offering many high-quality images that you can download free of charge and use at your will.
There is also the possibility of accessing to a premium photo collections.
Well, now that you know all these sites, you will no longer have trouble finding the right photos for your next project.
All the sites I’ve listed in this article allow you to download free photos in Hd and use them for both personal and business purposes. Of the sites I’ve collected in this article, I personally prefer Pexels, Pixabay and Burst, but the other sites are no less.
And what about you?
Which one do you prefer?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below, thanks!