Top 5 websites for free stock photographs

  • 7 January, 2019
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Top 5 websites for free stock photographs

One of the most difficult problems we face while writing blogs or website mockup is getting the image. Most of us use google images for adding the images in the blog but they are not free if you know or not. Most of the images are subjected to copyright. 

In simple the owner of the image may claim the copyright and we may be charged or penalized. But that doesn’t mean we cannot use any images from the google. Google itself is the ocean of the web we can dig as much as we can. There are many other stock photograph website from where we can use any images without copyright issue or lets say royalty free images.


Whatever your profession, it’s never a bad idea to have some stock photography websites at your disposal.


How “Free” Is a Free Photograph?

Some websites allow you to download pictures for private use (e.g. background wallpapers) yet disallow images to be used commercially. This includes instances as business cards, websites, or posters. The websites below are protected under Creative Commons CC0.

“The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicatedthe work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.” — CreativeCommons.org

The following websites either support, or are fully composed of, CC0 images available in the public domain. The owners of these images have allowed users to modify, edit, and use their images without copyright backlash.

1. Pixabay

pixabay

Pixabay is image repository which integrates images from other image hosting sites. They attempt to gather the very best of free stock images for your own personal or commercial use. After registration you can download the images you want and use wherever you want.


2. Pexels

Pexels is a website that wants to help. Started in 2015, it has grown to develop a reputable stock photo library. Its mission statement phrases their aim best.

We help millions of designers, writers, artists, programmers and other creators to get access to beautiful photos that they can use freely which empowers them to create amazing products, designs, stories, websites, apps, art and other work. We call it: “Empowering Creators”—Pexels.com


3. Unsplash


Image Credit: chuttersnap

Unsplash is a side-project started by Crew, an online marketing agency dedicated to making your design dreams a reality.


4. Freerangestock

Freerange Stock was formed with the goal to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free. We feel that free stock photos can be good photos. Freerange is an advertising revenue supported photographic community – photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions
Freerange Stock was formed with the goal to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free. We feel that free stock photos can be good photos. Freerange is an advertising revenue supported photographic community – photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions.


Image Credit: Ian L

5. StockSnap

Image credit: Rawpixel.com

StockSnap provides an excellent and extensive library of free stock imagery. With hundreds of high-quality photos added weekly, StockSnap isn’t your casual photography outlet.

Created by the good people at Snappa, every single image in StockSnap is free for you to use. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better image repository.

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