12 February 2019

Twelve sites offering free stock photos

Inge Muijshondt
Marketing | MyOnlineStore

Product photos are important for your online store, but the general look and feel is equally important. And to achieve that, you can use stock photos. Now, we know how difficult it is to find good, free stock photos, so we’ve created a list of ten free photo databases especially for you. Have fun browsing!

All sites listed are free. However, different copyright rules may apply. If this is the case, click on the link to the website in question under ‘license’.

FoodiesFeed

This site will definitely whet your appetite! The place to be for food-related online stores! 

Offer: 300,000+
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Updates: weekly
Search filter: yes
Categories: food/cooking
License: personal and commercial use is free of charge  
Other: free themed packs 

Gratisography

Keen to give your online store a fun, humorous touch? Then Gratisography is the place to be!

Offer: unknown
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Updates: unknown
Search filter: yes, by category
Categories: various
License: Creative Commons Zero
Other: discount code for Shutterstock

Jay Mantri

The website of designer and photographer Jay Mantri (from Santa Monica) welcomes you with the message 'make magic'. And that’s exactly what his magical images do! 

Offer: unknown
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Updates: seven new photos a week
Search filter: no
Category: mainly nature
License: CC0 1.0

JÉSHOOTS

Colorful and fun photos? Jan Vašek’s website, JÉSHOOTS, will definitely add some cheer to your online store!

Offer: unknown
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Updates: unknown
Search filter: yes, by category
Category: mainly nature
License: CC0 1.0
Other: vast range of colorful photos

Kaboompics

Kaboompics offers you a collection of (contemporary) photos, from food to fashion and landscapes. 

Offer: unknown
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Updates: daily
Search filter: yes, by category or tag, or via the search bar
Categories: various
License: personal and commercial use is free of charge

Pexels

Some photos may look familiar, because we use Pexels images too for the MyOnlineStore blog!

Offer: 3,500 +
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Updates: ten new photos a day
Search filter: yes, by category or tag, or via the search bar
Categories: various
License: Creative Commons Zero

 

Pixabay

Pixabay has such a huge database that you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. 

Offer: 440,000+
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: yes, free registration
Updates: unknown
Search filter: yes, by media type
Categories: various
License: Creative Commons Zero
Other: photos, vectors, images and videos

Raumrot

Looking for photos with a vintage touch? Look no further… Raumrot, Markus Spiske’s website, has it all!

Offer: 650 +
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Updates: unknown
Search filter: yes, by category
Categories: various
License: Creative Commons 2.0
Other: various sets are available, e.g. a Christmas set

SplitShire

 

Beautiful site by Italian photographer Daniel Nanescu offering many inspiring photos in various categories.

Offer: unknown
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Updates: unknown
Search filter: yes, by category
Categories: various  
License: no copyright restrictions
Other: the paid premium subscription gives you access to an even larger offer

 

Unsplash

One word: wow! Unsplash is the place to be for stunning images.

Offer: unknown
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Updates: ten new photos every ten days 
Search filter: no
Categories: various
License: Creative Commons Zero

FancyCrave

This stock-photo site by Igor Ovsyannykov is a true gem, particularly for travel photos. A must for designers and creative souls!

Offer: unknown
High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Updates: two new photos a day
Search filter: yes
Categories: travel and miscellaneous
License: CC0 license
Other: free themed packages

Pikwizard

Last but not least: Pikwizard!

High-resolution photos: yes
Account required: no
Search filter: yes
Categorie: Diversen
Licentie: Creative Commons Licensing Agreement 
Categories: various
License: CC0 license

We can imagine you’re worried there’s a catch, but let us explain why some sites offer free stock photos…

  • Some websites are sponsored and when viewing the free results, you are also shown a better result that calls for payment.
  • Stock-photo databases try to entice you to create a paid account by showing you their free photos. But no worries, a paid account is by no means necessary!
  • Photographers like to make their photos available for free to get their name out there.

We did our best to give you a comprehensive and hopefully useful list of free stock-photo databases, but we may have accidentally overlooked or forgotten something, so always check whether the photos you intend to use are free of copyright. Better safe than sorry ;)

Did you find this list useful? Do you have anything to add or share? Let us know below!

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