Photography has always been an integral part of design. Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing cheesy stock footage of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are many of these photos tacky, but they are very expensive.
Luckily, there have been a growing number of websites with beautiful stock photography popping up all over the web. Best of all, they’re free!
In this article from www.snappa.com, here is a list of great websites for free photos.
Quick Note on Licensing
Many of these photographs are copyright free or licensed under a Creative Commons, public domain. This means that you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
However, some photos may require attribution. We have done our best to identify which license they fall under, but we still advise you to do your own research and determine how these images may be used.
With that out of the way, let’s dive into our top picks for free stock photos.
StockSnap.io offers a wide selection of beautiful free stock photos and high resolution images. The site also has a very handy search function that makes it easy to navigate through the thousands of images available. Additionally, the site tracks views and downloads so you can find the most popular photos available.
StockSnap adds hundreds of images daily and all photos are released under the Creative Commons public domain – no attribution required.
Pexels provides high-quality, completely free stock photos under a Creative Commons Zero license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable, and also easy to discover through their discovery pages.
Unsplash offers a large collection of free high-resolution photos and has become one of the best sources for stock images. The Unsplash team combs through new submissions and showcases the best photos on their homepage. All photos are published for free under the Unsplash license.
- Burst (by Shopify)
Burst is a Shopify resource that provides free stock photos to entrepreneurs. Some photos are licensed under Creative Commons CC0 while others fall under Shopify’s own photo license.
Burst was launched to help entrepreneurs create better products, websites, and marketing campaigns. Most of the photos are original photos that were taken in-house and themed around trending business niches – from DIY beard oil to Aliexpress LED sneakers. You can also find more general photographs.
Reshot is a massive library of hand-picked free stock photos that you won’t find anywhere else. Designed for startups, freelancers, and creators who are tired of sticky stock photos. Free for commercial and editorial use – no attribution required.
Pixabay offers a large collection of free stock photos, vectors, and illustration art. All photos are published under Creative Commons CC0.
FoodiesFeed offers thousands of beautiful, free, realistic high-resolution food images. It’s the perfect photo site for food bloggers.
Gratisography offers free high-resolution images that you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New awesome images are added every week and are copyright free. All images are captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design.
Freestock offers a wide range of high quality stock photos, all released under Creative Commons CC0.
Picography contains beautiful free photos submitted by Dave Meier and various other photographers. All photos are published under Creative Commons CC0.
- MMT Stock
MMT Stock is a collection of high resolution stock photos provided by Jeffrey Betts. Jeffrey likes to share photos of computers and workspaces as well as flowers and nature. All photos are published under Creative Commons CC0.
Picjumbo is a totally free photo collection for your commercial and personal work. New photos are added daily from a wide variety of categories including abstract, fashion, nature, tech and more.
Kaboom Pics offers a wide variety of free, high-quality stock photos, including abstract, city/architecture, fashion, food, landscapes and more. Photos may be used for commercial purposes but may not be sold or redistributed.
SkitterPhoto offers a wide variety of free photos and are released under Creative Commons CC0. All photos are authentic and created by the owners of Skitterphoto.
- pix life
Life of Pix is a resource created by creative agency LEEROY offering free high-resolution photos without copyright restrictions.
- Small visuals
This mention is accompanied by sad news. The owner of the site Nic has passed away but his photos remain in his memory. All the photos that have been published have been released under the Creative Commons license dedicated to the public domain.
- New old stock
Vintage photos from public archives free of known copyright restrictions.
- Jay Mantri
7 new photos published every Thursday under the Creative Commons CC0 license. Jay Mantri posts some really great photos with a variety of different themes.
Epicantus contains free original photography by Daria. You can use these high resolution photos for your landing pages, blog posts, and designs. All photos are published under creative commons CC0.
ShotStash offers a wide range of photos; they add new images every day under a free license for commercial and personal use.
StyleStock offers free female stock photos for every female entrepreneur. The collection is completely free for your commercial & personal work.
As you can see, there are a growing number of fantastic stock photography resources out there. These websites have become a boon for designers, marketers, and bloggers. No more relying on cheesy stock photos!
Tips for taking better photos with your phone
In the never-ending quest for great mobile photos, it can be tempting to ditch the camera app that comes with your phone for something far more advanced and exotic. However, if you know what you’re doing, you can get high-quality results from the default camera app on your iPhone or Android device, and here’s how.
According to www.gizmodo.com, for the purpose of this guide, they have focused on the features of the default camera apps for the latest versions of iOS and stock Android. If you don’t use Android, you should find that most of these tips still apply, and if you want you can download Google’s stock camera app.
- Learn the rule of thirds
The Rule of Thirds serves as a guide to help you frame your shot correctly. You should imagine your shot divided into nine rectangular segments and keep important objects and features along those lines or near the intersections where they meet.
With camera apps for Android and iOS, you don’t have to view those lines yourself. On Android, press the menu button and choose Settings then Show grid in viewfinder; on iOS, go to Photos & Camera in the main Settings app and turn on the Grid switch.
- Find stable support
For many mobile photos, a steady hand is crucial, especially in low-light situations where your phone will struggle to get much light into the lens. You can buy mobile tripods if you want the best results, but that’s just another thing to carry around.
If you don’t have a tripod, use something else to hold your phone steady: a wall, a table, a fireplace. The self-timer in camera apps for Android and iOS can also help, letting you leave your phone on a shelf somewhere without having to get behind it.
- Change your goal
Whether you’re using an iPhone or Android device, you can tap anywhere on the screen to change the focus of the shot. This will also change the exposure level to match the spot you’ve selected, so it’s a handy way to brighten a darker area (or dim a bright area).
Those of you with an iPhone can press and hold to lock focus and exposure, so it stays fixed even if the phone moves afterwards, or press, hold and drag up or down down to manually change the exposure level yourself. You will see a small sun icon showing the changes.
- Use physical trigger
Speaking of keeping your phone’s camera steady, trying to hold your phone in place and then pressing a soft trigger in the middle of the screen isn’t always easy, and it can often cause your handset to wobble. at that crucial moment when you’re taking the hit.
The solution is to use one of the physical volume buttons to take your photo instead (the trick also works on iPhones, Nexus devices, and most other Android phones). It won’t always be the best option, but it’s a useful alternative to have in some situations.
- Apply HDR mode automatically
The latest versions of the default camera apps for Android and iOS now include automatic HDR modes that apply a High Dynamic Range filter as the situation suits. You can see the HDR toggle switch located directly on the shutter screen itself on both operating systems.
High dynamic range, at least in mobile photography, refers to maintaining a balance between the darkest and brightest parts of your image (so that a bright sky doesn’t completely obliterate a dark landscape). This requires longer exposure, so keep your phone as stable as possible.
- Make the most of natural (or artificial) light
Lighting your subjects well is crucial for a great photo, so pay attention to the available light sources, whether that’s sunlight or a neon sign. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, but make sure you can see what you’re shooting as well as possible.
That might mean repositioning your friends, changing the angle of a close-up, finding a shaded area, or even waiting until later in the day to take a shot. Avoid strong lighting behind your subjects unless you want to end up with a silhouette effect.
- Take burst photos
Native camera apps for Android and iOS come with a built-in burst mode that you can take advantage of. If you don’t trust yourself to get the perfect shot in one shot, take several at once and then pick the winner later (preferably by deleting the unwanted ones too).
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