Free Stock Photo Sites That We Love

Updated 01/04/19 – Unless your client is prepared to hire a photographer to take custom photography, finding quality photos for use in web design can be one of the most difficult aspects of web design. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, you may literally search thousands of photos on the internet for nice quality photos that also work with your website’s needs and be part of the public domain. The relevance of the images you choose can make or break a website’s design.

Your site shouldn’t suffer because your budget won’t allow for a professional photographer. Fortunately, there are a number of sites that offer cheap and better yet, free stock photos that allow your site to maintain its look and feel.

StockSnap finds the best stock photos from around the web as well as photos from select photographers.
All photos uploaded to the site are released under Creative Commons – CC0 and do not require attribution.


2. FreeImages (formerly Stock.Xchange)
FreeImages is a DevLab favorite. Word of warning, not all photos are free, they offer premium stock photos from iStock that show up in the search results like ads.

3. Freerange Stock
Freerange Stock was formed with the goal to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use…for free. Freerange is an advertising revenue supported photographic community – photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions.

4. Splitshire
Splitshire is a collection of delicious free stock photos by web designer Daniel Nanescu. The photos are free for personal and commercial use.

5. Unsplash
Free high-resolution photos 10 new photos every 10 days
This site offers up amazing photography. Unsplash is a collection of free high-resolution photos. This is quickly becoming the go-to for DevLab projects.

6. Pexels
Pexels helps designers, bloggers or people who are looking for a new wallpaper to find photos that you can use everywhere for free.

7. Stock Photos by Canva
Canva has put together this extensive collection of professional-quality photos and images to help both designers and non-designers with their designs.

8. Pikwizard
Pikwizard is an excellent resource for high-quality stock photography. It holds over 100,000 images, with 20,000 that are exclusive to the site. You can also take any image on Pikwizard and edit it on sister site, Design Wizard!