The BIG List of Free Stock Photo Sites
Free stock photos for your business.
“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.” – Walt Disney
A relevant and enticing image adds immense value to your presentation or website. But getting an artist or illustrator to do a job for you involves a lot of time and money. Fortunately, there are many stock art websites out there, where you can find any number of quality images, photos and illustrations that suit your requirements.
But before we get there, it’s important to understand the different licensing options as any violation can put you in a legal hot soup. Each image has embedded information and online tools can easily detect licensing violations.
Most stock websites offer the following types of licenses:
Royalty Free – You pay the initial license fee once and then can use the image multiple times and forever in a wide range of permitted uses.
Extended/Enhance – This license gives you greater freedom over image uses restricted by royalty free license.
Rights Managed – Gives you rights to use images in a specific way depending on parameters that can be modified to suit your requirement.
Creative Commons – It is a non-profit organization providing free, easy to use licenses for sharing and use of creative works. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work even for commercial purposes. The license is usually termed as CC0 (Creative Commons Zero)
So, now let’s get to the list of top picks for websites for free images. Some of the images in these may have licensing agreements, so it’s important to understand the restrictions on each image before you use them.