Finding great free stock photos for commercial use is no easy feat, especially if you put out new content every single day. After a few months, you’ll start to notice that you’ve already used most of the pictures on a specific website, and it’s time to move on. Unfortunately, there aren’t many online image banks that allow you to use their images for commercial use at zero cost. Plus, finding websites that provide a good number of pictures can be time-consuming. That’s why we decided to create a list of our favorite free stock photo websites that don’t require attribution.
Pexels is one of the most popular free stock photo websites out there, and for a good reason. It comes with a gigantic image bank that spreads across various categories. Regardless of whether you have a tech website or a food blog, you can always count on Pexels to find the best pictures for your content. With a Pexels account, you’re able to create your own curated galleries and follow photographers. Our favorite is Andrea Piacquadio, who took many of his photos in Budapest.
The thing we love the most about Kaboompics is its easy-to-navigate website. You can either search for specific terms or go through categories like beauty, technology, office, just to name a few. Better yet, you can also filter pictures by color – perfect if you’re building a web page with a particular aesthetic. Finally, Kaboompics allows you to go through photoshoots for specific themes, which makes it easy to find photos for events like Black Friday or Thanksgiving.
With over 100 categories, you can find a picture for all types of content on StockSnap. Although the search function isn’t the best out there (you always get some random photos in the search results), it makes up for that with professional pictures that will look great on your website. We also like that StockSnap recommends related keywords when you’re searching for something. Even if some of the ideas might not be what you’re looking for, they’re great to bookmark for later.
While Pixabay isn’t the easiest website to work with, it stands out from the competition by offering free vectors, illustrations, and videos. So, if you’re looking for illustrations or just need general video content for YouTube, Pixabay is the place to go. On top of that, Pixabay lets you browse the most popular images, videos, and searches, as well as the imagery chosen by Pixabay’s editor. Additionally, you can download large images that go up to 7480×5000.
Unsplash is one of our go-to websites when looking for beautiful photos to include in our blog articles. The image bank is quite popular, and it’s even used by The New York Times. You just need to open Unsplash once to understand why – it offers a wide variety of professional pictures that look amazing. Moreover, it’s one of the few websites where the search engine works properly. For example, when you search for ‘person using a computer’, you’ll get the intended images – not just separate pictures of people and standalone computers.
Created by the talented photographer Jeffrey Bets, FOCA Stock is a one-person band. While this means that it doesn’t come with as many photos as the other websites listed, each image is extremely well shot, and you can find a wide array of categories. Surprisingly, you can also take advantage of Jeffrey’s social media templates to create eye-catching posts. The website even has an open editor for you to customize the templates. Last but not least, there are also a few videos that you can use for free.
Although we don’t use Foodiesfeed often, it’s the perfect website for any food blogger out there. We guarantee that you’ll be hungry after going over this image bank of over 1,600 pictures. Since the focus is on food, each category includes specific food-related themes, such as coffee or cake (our favorites). If you run a healthy lifestyle website, don’t worry – there are plenty of photos of fruits and veggies for you to choose from too.
You always need excellent visuals to go along with a well-written article. By using these seven image banks, you’ll easily find the perfect picture for your content.