In this article, we will look at the best websites you can go to download free stock photos that you can download for personal and commercial use.
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Before we start, we need to point out that while these images can be used for most commercial and non-commercial purposes, most of these websites have a few restrictions.
Most websites do not allow for redistribution or sale of the photos. You also should not imply endorsement of your product by people or brands in the photo.
Always check the license page on the websites first before using their stock photos.
Burst is a free stock photo website powered by Shopify.
As the website is relatively new, the number of stock photos on the websites is much smaller compared to most of the websites on the list.
An interesting feature on Burst is its business idea pages.
These pages contain a free photo collection as well as tips and case studies to help kickstart your business.
Morguefile has over 400,000 free stock photos on its website.
On Morguefile, you will probably find that the quality of the stock photos is lower compared to websites like Unsplash and Pixabay.
However, if you are looking for photos of everyday objects, this is a great website to go to.
Kaboompics has one of the most beautiful UI designs on the list.
While it only has a small library of free stock photos, the collection is very high quality.
On Kaboompics, you can also search for photos based on their color and view the color palette for each photo.
StockSnap is another excellent library of beautiful and free stock photos with hundreds of images added weekly.
On StockSnap, you can also view the statistics like the number of views, downloads for each photo. You can also filter the search based on the number of downloads, favorites, views, the upload date, and whether the images are trending.
Picjumbo was created by a 24-year-old designer and photographer who started the site in 2013 because regular stock photo sites rejected his photos for “lack of quality”.
Today, Picjumbo has become a popular source for free stock photos and images, with over two million pictures downloads since 2013.
The list would not be complete without mentioning Wikimedia Commons.
Wikimedia Commons is a project by Wikipedia and has one of the largest collections of free media files in the list, containing over 50,000,000 Images, Sounds, and Videos.
Almost all the media files on Wikimedia Commons are under a free license, but you should always check the file description page before using the image.
In most cases, you would need to credit the creator and provide a link to the image.
In Google Images, you can find free images that you can use for commercial use by clicking on Tools, then Usage Rights, and select ‘Labeled for reuse’.
Before using the image, you should double-check the website for the image license first.