Thanks to a thread over on Reddit, I have discovered a world of free, use-for-anything stock photography resources. They range from websites where you can sign up for free photos to be delivered via email to those where you can search and browse, and they all tend to not be very crappy!
While I’m not a fan of smiling faces on websites because of the impersonal feeling, and the fact that Google might soon penalize you for using stock photography, I do like the idea of having free resources available which can be used for compiling visuals that help narrate a story on your website. The following links are full of such images, and much more.
Disclaimer: Always read the fine print, just in case, to make sure you are allowed to use the image you are downloading without attribution or payment! Whenever possible, it’s still a good gesture to give credit where credit is due, even if you don’t have to legally.
Google Image Search for Commercial Reuse
Contrary to popular belief, you cannot search Google Images and simply use any photo you find in your project. This specially crafted search, however, produces images that are OK for commercial use and modification:
Google commercial reuse image search
Note: It is possible for images found here to have been reposted by someone who copied it from the original source. Just because you find it on Google Image search for commercial use doesn’t mean it’s absolutely OK to use without proper credit/compensation.
Similar to the above Google Images search, you can browse Flickr using a similar technique:
Flickr Creative Commons license photo search
This site lets you search a collection of curated photos for commercial use:
While not easily searchable, there are some great photos on this website.
Here you can search for “free photos for bloggers and creatives”. Enough said.
Creative Commons Search
“Find content that you can share, use and remix.” Just make sure you leave checked the checkboxes for ‘commercial purposes’ and ‘modify, adapt…’
New Old Stock
Some amazing photos from times gone by, this site pulls from the public archives.
Another site with free photos for you use.
This fellow asks for attribution or a donation for coffee via his website if you want to use the photos he offers. He has some great images that would be well worth it.
A repository for free public domain images.
You can sign up via email to get 7 free images delivered to your inbox so that you can start building your own library of stock photography.
Similar to Little Visuals, except that this site sends you 10 photos a day. They all tend to be on the awesome side of great.
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