Stock photos are popular right now. However, those stock photos can get quite heavy on the wallet and nobody can usually afford that crap these days. Below, I’ve offered a list of a few free sites to get stock photos. That’s right, you don’t have to pay anything and the stock photos aren’t lame! I’ve also included a few at the bottom that cost but are affordable, especially for small businesses like me.
Pexels – Probably one of my favorite free stock photo sites out there. This site offers a wide range of free stock photos with wonderful quality to boot!
iStock by Getty Images – This site isn’t totally free but offers a section where you can search all their free images. They also offer vectors and more on this site for free as well.
Free Stock Images – The name says it all. This entire site is dedicated to offering you high-quality images for free, no strings attached.
Dreamstime – This site makes you sign up for an account however, you don’t have to pay a dime and it only take a few second to sign up. It’s worth it as they offer some great photos. This site also is a great one to use for cheaper images if you’re willing to pay for some.
Unsplash – This is an entire site dedicated to free photos. It involves a huge community of photographers who just want to offer a bit of their work up for the love of it, not the money aspect. I’m ok with that!
Free Photos – Well, this name kind of gives it away as well. This site has some shockingly gorgeous photos and all for free.
Pixabay – This site offers both paid for and free images. All are worth the effort as they are gorgeous!
There is one pitfall to using free stock photos and that’s the fact that they’re free to everyone. Just because you download it, doesn’t mean you will be the only one using it. You may see the same stock photo used hundreds of times around the internet which can take away the originality of its use. However, that’s why some people prefer to go the paid route. Depending on the type of photo and how much you’re willing to pay, the photo you purchase may have a limited amount of times it can be sold or, you are the only purchaser. This limits its use around the internet making it more unique to your brand or post. Below are a few stock photo sites that make it easier on the wallet to pay for a lesser used photo.
Big Stock – You buy credits and can use them as you want to and they never expire. Very user-friendly, too!
Deposit Photos – This site offers some amazing plans for their pricing often making the images less than a dollar each. You can’t beat that!
Shutterstock – Everyone has heard of this company and they’re one of the pioneers of stock photo companies. They can get pretty pricey but they have pricing plans and photo “levels” that fit every person’s price point.