Five Incredible Free Photography Websites

Five Incredible Free Photography Websites

Incredible Free Photography

I love trying to take artsy photos with my iPhone, but it's rare that I come up with anything truly "pinworthy" (I love how that's a thing now).

When it comes to photography, sometimes you just have to seek out the experts. However, using other people's photography to illustrate your own content can get a bit confusing. You need to be very clear on the usage rights the photographer is granting you.

Usage Rights

If you're planning to use free stock photography always check the licence. Familiarise yourself with Creative Commons licensing. Don't rely on anyone else's judgement (even mine!)

Five Great Sites

I'm delighted to share my five favourite free photography sites. They feature photos you can use personally and commercially without the need for attribution. In other words, you can use the photos to illustrate content which might make you money and you don't have to cite the source of the photo (eg "photograph by [photographer's name]" plus link).

What you cannot do is sell the photo to someone else and claim it as your own.

I often link back to the original source anyway, where possible, as I'm keen to point back to the photographer and share the love. Just to be clear, with images from the sites I have mentioned below, you don't have to do this.

Unsplash

  • My favourite.
  • 10 new photos added every 10 days.
  • Searchable.
  • All photos have a very similar aesthetic so if you stick with Unsplash photos your content will have a cohesive look.
Bino Storyteller for Unsplash
Bino Storyteller for Unsplash

Pixabay

  • Photos, vectors, videos and art illustrations.
  • Searchable.
  • Huge range of really nice photos.
  • Sponsored images on site.
Image4You for Pixabay
Image4You for Pixabay

Gratisography

  • Photos by Ryan McGuire.
  • Distinctive style with lots of personality - gorgeous photos.
  • Photos often feature faces.
  • Searchable.
Ryan McGuire – Gratisography
Ryan McGuire – Gratisography

PicJumbo

  • Photoshop and Sketch plugin.
  • Premium option available.
  • Searchable.
  • Huge variety.
  • Particularly good for food photography.
Viktor Hanacek for PicJumb
Viktor Hanacek for PicJumb

Barn Images

  • Not photos of barns...!
  • Premium packs available.
  • Photos by Igor Trepeshchenok and Roman Drits and guests.
  • Distinctive style - photos can feel quite moody (in a good way!)
Maria Tarasova for Barn Images
Maria Tarasova for Barn Images

Update 26/12/16: recently I have started using Haute Chocolate for stock photography on my blog - it's a paid service. I'm conscious that not all bloggers have the budget for paid photos, hence this post. However, if you have allocated budget to photography, and you like Haute Chocolate's style, I can highly recommend her.