April 3, 2020
28 Best Stock Photo Sites | Royalty Free Images [2018]

28 Best Stock Photo Sites | Royalty Free Images [2018]


In this Video, we’ll show you how to find
quality free stock photos to use on your website, blog, or social media accounts. We’ll share with you our pick of the Best
free stock photo sites for 2017 and 2018, as well as the best paid stock image sites,
and briefly explain Creative Commons licensing. Some of the sites we’ll share with you include
unsplash, pexels, Kaboompics, and foodie’s feed – just to name a few. We have 28 of the best free stock photo sites,
so stay tuned to learn more. We’ve created a blog post that you can follow
along with on the OHKLYN blog at OHKLYN o-h-k-l-y-n.com/blog – we’ll add a direct link in the description
below. The full list, and all the links will be included
in the OHKLYN article for your reference, so I would recommend opening the article in
a new tab, so you can follow along as we go through. Alright, let’s get to it. Firstly, we’ll briefly cover the Creative
Commons Licences. Creative commons is a nonprofit organization
whose goal is to provide anyone who creates content with an easy, standardized, and accessible
way to license and grant permissions to their creative property. Instead of everything being flagged under
one all encompassing copyright law, it allows creators to specify the extent to which their
creations can be used and distributed. The main distinction between the types of
licences are if there’s restrictions on the use of the image, or if the use of the
image is unrestricted. Unrestricted use is denoted by the CC0 licence. We’ll dedicate the first two sections of
this video to the stock photo sites with unrestricted use, meaning you can use the images on these
site however you like, for personal or commercial use. To make life easier, we’ve grouped the best
stock photo sites into four categories, which are: Free stock photo sites for commercial use
without attribution – denoted by the Creative Commons 0 licence or CC0
Free niche stock photo websites for the travel, food, startups, nature, and feminine niches
(also on a CC0 license) Free stock image sites with various Creative
Commons Licenses (including both restricted and unrestricted licences), and
The Best paid stock photo sites Up first is the best free stock images for
personal or commercial use, which means you can use these images, or remix and edit these
images with no attribution required: One of our favourites is Unsplash
From the onset you can see that Unsplash is filled with beautiful and high-quality images,
in fact, more than 200,000! It makes it almost hard to believe how generous
their licensing terms are. They just ask to credit the site and author
out of appreciation, and give you the option to make a contribution. Both of which are optional, but where appropriate
i’d encourage you to do both. They have 41,000+ active photographers, and
provide daily updates on the best new submissions. In general their curation and organization
of photo’s is really impressive, and their entire library is searchable. Up next is Pexels
Pexels is another site that has stunning images on offer. Although they are not as focused on organizing
and curating as Unsplash, what they do focus on is popularity of photographers, and their
creations over the last 30-days. They do this through photographer leaderboards
where photographers are ranked according to the their total number of downloads, and categorized
based on popular searches. You can also search for images via keywords
or tags. We then have Pixabay
You might have heard of this one before, Pixabay is one of the most popular royalty free image
sites online. It has probably one of the most extensive
search and filter mechanisms, and you can even filter by the camera it was taken with! Other options include vertical or horizontal
orientation, main colors, and dimensions. Next is Snapstock
Stocksnap have a great range of high quality free stock images. You are able to search via image tags, as
well as filter via trending, views, downloads, and favorites. They also have their own image editing and
retouching software called Snappa, that you can download and use for free. The next stock photo site is Realistic Shot
Realistic shot doesn’t have as large a collection as some of the other sites on this list, but
the quality is every bit as good. You are able to search for images, or filter
via architecture, nature, people, travel, or technology. There is also the ability to sign up to receive
7 new images each week. And they also stock vectors and other graphics. We then have Life of Pix
Life of Pix is a great looking site that makes sure to display the best photo’s on a proper
stage. Instead of the tiled layout of most sites,
the main page is more like a feed of fantastic photographs. They also have a ‘Photographer of the week
award’ to make sure people who do excellent work get acknowledged on a regular basis. There is also a partner site, Life of Vids
that distribute free videos. Next is Gratisography
This is one quirky looking site. In keeping with that theme, many of the images
seem to fit the same modern, hipster, quirky style. It is a pretty straightforward service, you
can download images straight from the front page. And either search for images, or filter via
genres which include animals, nature, objects, people, urban, and whimsical. We then have Jay Mantri
A one man show. Jay Mantri runs a free image and video repository
all by himself. If you want to start producing your content
to sell (or make available for free), this is the guy you wanna follow. He regularly posts on social media to help
you get inspired on what to photograph. As you can expect from a solo venture the
site is simplistic, and the images are incredible. Following that we have Public Domain Archive
What makes this site so interesting, is that it not only provides new images produced by
photographers but also archive images that have gone into the public domain as a result
of their copyright term expiring. This means you can get authentic, really old
photo’s that can give an interesting perspective on the past. We then have Split Shire
Unfortunately for Split Shire, they chose to display their images in very low resolution
on their homepage. This will inevitably lead many to just moving
on to the next site. But don’t be hasty, they have some really
decent images on offer. They also have free videos and a huge amount
of categories that can be used to filter the images. Their “Top / Best” page looks much better. Up next is Freestocks
Not the biggest site, or the largest variety, but Freestocks has some really good images
for use that cover a great range of niches, like fashion, food, and cities. To give you an idea of the size, they only
have 56 pages of around 20 images each. But all the images can be searched, or viewed
by using one of the category filters. We then have Negative Space
Negative Space makes excellent use of categories, tags and search functionality to make it extremely
easy to use, especially considering the sheer amount of images available. You can even search a color and image results
that feature that color as its main color will appear in your search results, magic! Wrapping up the list of the best free stock
image sites for commercial use, is Libreshot Again, not the best looking site but it has
an impressive offering. You can also check popular images from the
last 24 hours, as well as the most popular images of all-time. You can also edit the image straight from
the site before downloading it thanks to Picozu. And you also have the option to download smaller
version of the image if required. Our next sub category is the list of free
niche stock photo websites with a CC0 licence, or images available for personal and commercial
use with no attribution required. First on the list is Travel Coffee Book
It doesn’t get more simple than this. Travel Coffee Book is literally a feed of
travel pics from the owners and willing submitters. Everything goes on a OneDrive folder which
they freely give you and you can download the photos at will. Not all the images are of the best quality,
but the submissions are surprisingly good. Next is Foodie’s Feed
Don’t look at this site if you’re peckish! You’re bound to get a serious case of the
munchies. This site has some truly beautiful and hunger-inducing
images. They really want professionals or aspiring
professionals to use the free license platform to build a portfolio and reputation. You can sign up for more frequent image updates,
and it features relevant food categories like top-down and close up. We then have Startup Stock Photos
This site says exactly what it does. It is a straightforward list of modern, trendy
and inspiring photos that are perfect for a startup blog, website, or for use in marketing
collateral. Startup entrepreneurs will especially appreciate
the free photos considering that conserving cash is the name of the game. Up next is Free Nature Stock
Another free image site run by a single, dedicated author, Adrian Pelletier. You can search for images according to hashtags. The feed is filled with multi-colored sunsets,
starry skies, candid shots of animals, and plenty of greens. The long-exposure shots of stars are especially
impressive, and not something you get for free every day. We then have Style Stock
Styled Stock is an elegant site, and features feminine stock photography. The images are graceful, delicate, and engaging,
and consist mostly of pastels, black and white, and soft colors. If you are a fashion, beauty, or lifestyle
blogger or operate a business in that space, this site will be your jam. With a handy search tool and the ability to
filter via color, category, and date, this is sure to impress. We then have our next group of free stock
photo sites. These site feature images with various types
of restricted and unrestricted creative commons licences. When using images from these sites, remember
to review the licence type for each image. To learn more about the different types of
licences, check out the link to the creative commons website in the description below. Up first on this list we have Flickr
Flickr started out as an image sharing site but after an explosion in popularity and the
quality and quantity of the images growing it has become a go-to place to find images
for re-use. If you contribute to the site it offers an
easy interface for organizing your photos into albums or galleries. You can also join groups that are like circles
dedicated to a specific niches. We then have Kaboompics
This site definitely packs a punch. It makes the bold claim of describing itself
as a “Visual Explosion”. It is an incredible site, and has an excellent,
feature-rich search engine. It also provides the color palette for every
image, and is then able to recommend ‘like’ photos based on complementary color palettes,
or images from the same photoshoot, or photographer. Up next is ISOrepublic
On top of a huge amount of free images, ISOrepublic also offers “Premium Photo Packs”. These packs are a collection of photographs
about a similar topic or subject and there are usually between 20-40 images per pack. They cost around $15, which is reasonable
for such a handy package. They also have a nifty “Textures” category,
something most other sites overlook. Next is PicJumbo
Picjumbo is also run by a single artistic and charitable fellow named Viktor Hanacek. Not only does he offer good images at a surprising
rate for a lone contributor but he also wants to tell his story through photos. With a premium account, you get access to
never before released photo’s as well as an extra 30 new photos per month. We then have New Old Pic
This is a site much like Public Domain Archive, except that it exclusively deals in old images
that are free from any copyright (as far as they know). The site itself is a bit old school, and it
doesn’t come with too many features or integrations (the main sharing option is tumblr) but it
does have some amazingly interesting photos. Premium packs come with pre cropped and retouched
photos and are worth checking out. Up next is Stokpic
Stokpic isn’t the most attractive site on this list, but it shouldn’t be judged by
its cover. Its free and premium images have some great
options and the images are usually touched up, and stylistic. You can reuse the free images in any way except
for redistribution. And premium members get new pictures sent
to them. There is even a clock counting down the time
until the next delivery. Lasty, we’ll highlight the top four paid
stock photo sites. In case you can’t find what you’re looking
for in on the free stock photo sites. Our favourite option is Shutterstock
Shutterstock is arguably the biggest photo collection and definitely the most well-known. In total there are more than 125 million photos,
graphics, videos, and music tracks. It is by far the best bang for your buck and
strikes a balance between quality images and the right price. Image cost between $5 – 10 on average depending
on your plan. There are even options for enterprise subscriptions
and you can pay to have your license reach extended. Next is DepositPhotos
DepositPhotos is a cheaper alternative to some of the other paid sites. However, their curation and organization isn’t
as stringent, which can make it a little harder to find the perfect photos or graphics you
want. It has one of the better ranges of vector
images available and should be one of the first sites you go to if that’s what you’re
looking for. Most subscriptions work out to be a $1 or
less per image, so it’s easy on your wallet. We then have iStock
iStock even trumps Deposit Photo when it comes to vector images, infographics, and illustrations. It also has a very intuitive collection of
categories, and it should be very easy for you to find examples of what you want. On average it will cost you around $7 – 20
per image for their recommended plan, which is a little pricey. Our last stock photo site is Stocksy
Right off the bat, a fantastic aspect of Stocksy is that it has a ‘Mobile’ category which
exclusively contains images perfect for mobile display. Although not extensive, their categories do
cover the most important areas. The quality of images on here though is impeccable
and you will struggle to find a higher overall standard. They don’t offer any subscription packages
and the average cost per image starts at $15 for small images, up to $125 for extra large. Making it the most expensive option. Well, that completes our review of the best
stock photo sites for 2017 and 2018, If you liked this video hit the like button, and
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