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10 of the Best Free Stock Photo Sites to Use In 2018

As an entrepreneur looking to put some sort of face to your brand in the form of stock photos, it can prove to be tedious. Up until recently, stock photos were hard to find. Indeed, that’s because back then, high-end professional companies were in charge of a big chunk of this blooming industry. These corporations charged hefty fees ($20 and more for a single photo) for their stock photos. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on free stock photos, they would often be of low quality, blurry and a bit of a cliché.

Luckily, times have changed and entrepreneurs no longer have to settle for cheap and cheesy stock photographs. Most of which end up being a misrepresentation of a brand. You can get high-quality photos for your business without the hassle or the big price tag. Below we have listed the top sites that offer high-quality stock images without leaving a dent in your pocket.

1. Picjumbo


Picjumbo is a top pick if you are looking for high-resolution photos and get this, you don’t need any attribution. The site is very easy to navigate. Also, it includes a variety of photos ranging from food shots to office bustle and a simple evening chill. Amazingly, the site adds new photos every month, adding on to the 100 plus photo profile.

2. Death to the Stock Photo


If you are looking to stand out then look no further than Death to the Stock Photo site. Every image has the same simple licence, so the hassle of figuring each and every photo does not exist. All the photos are produced and cleared by Death to Stock. Founders and photographers, Allie and David have mangled to find a way for creatives, brands and bloggers to pick an image that suits them, yet is unique to their message.

All you have to do is submit your email to the site and receive a new stack of photos every month. If you have some extra money to spare you can subscribe to their Premium membership for $15/month or $180/year. The awesome thing about paid membership is that a small share of the profits goes towards funding photography trips and other creative projects to keep the site on its toes.

3. Negative Space

Negative Space

Negative space offers beautiful high-resolution images with weekly updates. The CCO licenced images are free for sharing without copyright restrictions. This means that you can use the images however you please be it for personal or commercial purposes. From landscapes to technology, Negative Space is quickly growing its profile to becoming a one-stop shop for brands that are starting out. The site is easy to navigate with different categories, colours and even copy space position.

4. Freerange


Freerange provides colourful images that are worth remembering. What is cool about this resource is that their photos are as a result of a unique collaboration. The collab is between in-house photographers and talented external contributors. The photos are great quality and offer a wide variety of options.

“Images provided directly (in-house) by Freerange Stock originate one of two ways. They are either from Canon DSLR cameras or a high resolution (4000 dpi) Nikon scan of an original 35mm slide,” it says so on their about us section.

5. Gratisography


Evocative, quirky, creative are some of the words to describe Gratisography impressive gallery of stock photos. Created by talented web designer and artist, Ryan Mcguire, it offers some of the best high-quality stock photos that fall under the creative Commons zero license. While the photos can be a bit over the top ranging from a floating whale to apes typing on a laptop, they can be very engaging when paired with the right project.

6. Life of Pix


Life of Pix images will 100% transport you to new heights and move you to different horizons. It was put together by Leeroy Advertising Agency in Montreal (and its group of photographers). Life of Pix brings close to home some of the best high-resolution photos. All the images are put up on a public domain. Clients can use at their disposal for commercial or personal projects. Moreover, Life of Pix offers another unique service that makes it stand out — Life of Vids. According to the site, Life of Vids free video footage, clips and loops are put out every week. Like the photos, the videos don’t have any copyright restrictions and you can download on the site’s Vimeo account.

7. ISORepublic


If you have still not found a match, ISO Republic might be just what you need. It has impressive cco licensed images that span well over 3, 000 and counting. The site’s mission is to “provide high-quality images to designers, developers, bloggers, marketers, and social media teams.” They recently launched a foodie factor. A site dedicated to free food and drinks stock photos which are worth having a look. Especially,  if you are planning on starting a restaurant.

8. Superfamous


The site is well worth of its name as it’s notorious for its high-resolution landscape photos. Their photos are nothing short of breath-taking. The internet images are perfect for website design or as a background on various devices.

9. LibreShot


Martin Vorel is the creative genius behind the beautiful photos on this site. Photos range from well angled architectural buildings to the peaceful waterfront. The images contain some unique aspects that make them stand out and will leave you wanting more.

10. Unsplash


Unsplash offers 10 uniquely beautiful creative common zeros licenced images after every ten days. There are hundreds of professional photos to choose from. Amazingly, each taking on a different reality including adventure, love, health and fitness and even a walk down memory lane with their vintage category shots.

Looking for more resources for free or super cheap stock images? Check out this helpful list – hopefully this satisfies your appetite!

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