Most of the commercial stock photography websites now offer high quality photographs at pretty reasonable rates. If you are on a really tight budget and paying for stock photos is not feasible, you don’t have to compromise on quality. W3Avenue has compiled a list of several great resources to help you find free high quality stock photos.
Almost all of the resources presented in our list are available free for personal use, and most of these are also available free of charge for commercial use. But you must carefully read terms under which you can use these free resources.
If you are looking for free patterns & textures resources, check out:
Resources For Free Photos
Allows free use of all pictures if you provide a link to the bigfoto website
- Cepolina Photo
Each photo can be saved in five formats (up to 1024X768 pixels). You can download any photo for private or commercial use.
- Freerange Stock
Registration required to download free stock photos and free textures. All images are at least 2400 x 1600, and photos can be used for commercial or personal projects
- Image After
You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial
You can use these images for whatever you want, personal, commercial or non-profit use for free
Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!
- Nations Illustrate
Gallery of pictures from all corners of the world.You can download pictures both for personal and business (some restrictions may apply)
You can download up to 10 free images a day from PhotoXpress after free registration and following it on Faceboot and confirming your contact information. Images offered on PhotoXpress may also be used in professional projects.
Requires registration to download free stock photos, both for commercial and personal projects
- Public Domain Photos
5000 free stock photos for personal and commercial use
Gallery containing over 34,000 free images that you can use in books, leaflets, magazines, or websites. Free registration is required to upload or download images.
Huge gallery containing over 350,000 quality stock photos by more than 30.000 photographers
Stock photo sharing website where designers and photographers can meet to share their images. You don’t have to sign up to be able to download images. All images on this site are free for personal and non-commercial usage.
You are free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work under creative commons attribution share alike license
Free Giveaways From Commercial Sites
Most of these sites will require you to register in order to download free images. Some of these sites also offer free stock photos in low resolutions (normally 400 to 800 pixels wide) and offer option to buy photos in case you need larger size / high resolution:
- 123RF – Free Images
- iStockPhoto – Free Weekly Photo
- Pixmac – Free Pictures
- Fotolia – Free Photos of the Day
- Shutterstock – Free Photo of the Week
More Tools & Resources
Ultimate resource for designers
A search engine for free photos. Photos come from many sources and are license-specific.
- Google Advanced Image Search
Take advantage of the usage rights filters on the Advanced Image Search pages to find images you can reuse, share, or modify
You can also use Flickr to find photos available under Creative Commons which can be used in commercial projects.
Searches Flickr, OpenClipArt.org and the images uploaded to Sprixi
Please feel free to suggest any addition to the list in your comments. You may also want to look at: