If you're looking for royalty free stock photos, look no further than this awesome list!
Best Places to Get Royalty Free Stock Photos
Depending on your niche, you may use stock photos quite often. It's always best to use your own if possible, but free stock photos sure do help when you're in a pinch (or if you blog about blogging and don't feel like taking 100 pictures of yourself typing).
Each site has their own rules for licensing, so be sure to check them before using photos from any site. The rules posted here are accurate as of December 2019.
Pixabay has quickly become one of my favorite spots for stock photos!
The rules: You can copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission or giving credits to the artist.
Unsplash has been my favorite free stock photo source for a while now, but it's so popular that everyone is using them. I still use Unsplash but I use other options more frequently.
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The rules: All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.
So far, there are over 1,000 free stock photos on SplitShire, with more being added daily.
Subjects covered include:
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The rules: You can use images from Splitshire in websites, advertising materials, mobile apps, as image placeholders in blogs or websites, part of a template for sale, social media, magazines, ebooks, book covers, music artwork, and more.
Another under the radar free stock photo site, Pexels has a wide variety of photos to use for your blog. You can search photos by color, and Pexels also has free stock videos available for your use.
The Rules: All photos on Pexels are free to use. Attribution is not required but is appreciated. You can modify the photos. Be creative and edit the photos as you'd like.
Get one free high resolution stock photo every day. My favorites from Magdeleine include nature photos.
The rules: Check each photo before using. Some are good to use without attribution, while others require it.
New Old Stock
New Old Stock has vintage photos from the public archives, free of known copyright restrictions. Their goal is to recapture and share history. Most blogs won't need photos like these, but if you're looking for historic stock photos, this is a great option.
The Rules: All photos are at the very least available for personal and non-commercial use (Medium articles, blog posts, personal projects, hero image for your 404 page).
Visit New Old Stock.
Albumarium is a stock photo site I hadn't heard of until I started looking for more to add to my list. The quality of some of the photos isn't quite as great as the rest of the sites, but I did find some worth using.
- black & white
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The Rules: The terms and conditions for Albumarium are a bit more complex than for the other sites, so I'm going to leave you the link to the rules instead of attempting to paraphrase them. 🙂
PicMonkey has a list of 10 other sites for royalty free stock photos.
Photos for Food Blogs
If you're looking for photos for recipes, I highly recommend Kitchen Bloggers. I've used their recipes and photos on several blogs with great results. Buying recipes from sites like KB can help build your content up quickly without having to pay a fortune for custom recipes from other bloggers.
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