Hey guys! Hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break. We’re kicking off 2014 with a list of 5 free stock image websites that hopefully you’ll find useful in your projects. Stock photos are incredibly useful for a wide range of applications, particularly video. So without further ado, here’s our rundown on our 5 favourite free stock images websites:
Stock Xchng was launched in February 2001 in order to give people an alternative option to expensive stock sites when looking for stock photos. The idea behind it is that users are able to both contribute and download HQ photos at no cost. The library currently contains over 350,000 free stock images, which should be more than enough to get you started! You’ll have to check each images license agreement before you use it, but that’s a small price to pay for high quality, free, stock photography.
With 43,000 images and 64,000 members, Stock Vault is definitely a valuable resource if you are intending to use the images for non-commercial, personal projects. You may not however use these images for anything commercial. Check their FAQ before using jus to be safe. Great library though, get in there students!
MorgueFile has a great library of free stock photos which can be searched through very easily via their search tool which lets you refine your searches down to certain sizes, dates, ratings, keywords and more.Â All images on MorgueFile are free to use for both commercial and personal projects which makes this resource one to bookmark.
FreeRangeStock was founded back in 2005 with an aim to provide high quality stock photos for both commercial and non-commercial projects, absolutely free. The content is primarily sourced via an in-house photography team which emphasize heavily on quality over quantity; this leaves the library quite a bit smaller than other free sites, but it’s definitely of a higher standard. You’ll need to make an account in order to take advantage of the free downloads.
FreeStock is exactly as the URL describes. Free Stock. They recently changed their licensing and now their stock is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This means that you can now use these images for commercial use! Their search feature isn’t amazing, but there are categories on the right hand side of the site that you can browse. You don’t have to make an account to download which makes the user experience very fluid.
That’s all for now, but if you have any sites you think we should be adding to this list — let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading,
Videvo.net – Free Stock Footage and Motion Graphics