If a picture is worth a thousand words, then having a good stock photo source on hand is crucial for any small business. Stock photos are a great way to boost your engagement, liven up a blog or social media post, and build your brand.
Finding stock images is hard. Finding good ones for free is even harder. You can’t just Google search and pick an image you like – you risk a big copyright violation! To avoid this, you can use a free stock photo site. These sites collect images from artists and photographers who have given permission for anyone to use them.
Here are the best free stock photo sources for business owners, marketers, or creatives in 2020
All of these sources have a good selection of images that you can use without worrying about copyright issues.
- Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/
- Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/
- Freepik (paid plans available too): https://www.freepik.com/
- MorgueFile: https://morguefile.com/
- Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/
- StockSnap: https://stocksnap.io/
- Kaboompics: https://kaboompics.com/
- Burst by Shopify: https://burst.shopify.com/
- Stockvault: https://www.stockvault.net/
- Rawpixel: https://www.rawpixel.com/
Want more than these free resources can offer? Consider these cost-effective services.
- DepositPhotos: http://depositphotos.com?ref=13879160
DepositPhotos is an affordable option for premium stock photos. They also offer vectors and videos. In total they have over 100 million files. You can sign up for various types of plans depending on your budget. Plans start at $29 a month and include 10 photo and vector downloads. You can download additional photos for $1 each, or opt for an “on demand” photo purchase. They also have a free collection of photos, vectors, and videos you can use.
- Envato Elements: https://elements.envato.com/
Envato hosts several marketplaces specializing in various media types. Elements is essentially a curated collection with handpicked files from all of their marketplaces – over 630,000 items in total – and you can buy a subscription to access them. It includes stock photos, vector illustrations, videos, audio tracks, templates, tutorials, and more. We use Envato quite a lot for our own social media and marketing! Plans include unlimited downloads from the entire collection, and start at $16.50 a month. If you need different media types and lots of files, this is certainly a good option to consider!
- Freepik: https://www.freepik.com/
Freepik is another great site with millions of photos and vectors. You will find some of the most beautifully designed stock photos here. They have a free plan and a premium plan. When you go with the free plan you can use the images on your website, but you need to provide attribution to Freepik. If you have the paid plan you don’t need to provide attribution and you also get access to additional premium resources. Plans start at $10.83 per month and include unlimited downloads. If you want to make the most of their vector images, you need to have access to a vector editing software like Adobe Illustrator.
- Stock Photo Secrets: https://shop.stockphotosecrets.com
Stock Photo Secrets has plans that are specifically aimed at small-to-medium sizes businesses. Their library has over 6 million images. Their most popular plan is $99 per year and includes 200 image downloads. At just 49 cents per image, these downloads are a steal! This is a perfect match and the best-kept stock photo secret if you have a little budget for photos and want to make the best of it.
We hope this list of the best free stock photo sources was helpful to you! Got suggestions or comments, maybe something we should add? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org