Where do you get the best stock photos free or cheap?
Here are some of our top picks for finding stock photos free
- Unsplash.com find free photos at unsplash.com
- Photopin.com – Make sure you select commercial images if you will be using the photo for your business. Once you find an image, just follow their easy instructions for appropriate crediting. They have photos of local places, too, many from Flickr, etc. Do a search, and you’ll see what I mean. We highly recommend this site for finding stock photos free that are OK to use and easy to credit.
- Videos, photos and Illustrations at Pixabay
- FreeImages – You will need to create an account, but it’s a good resource for free images. You won’t need an account to check the site out, only once you want to download a photo. If you don’t see what you want, it also shows you results for “premium” images from IStockphoto.com that are not free. So you can kind of compare the free ones to the ones that you have to pay for and see if the cost is worth it.
- Creative Commons
- Dreamstime free photos and illustrations, try https://www.dreamstime.com/free-photos
- PICoGraphy, Stocksnap.io
Free resources for specialty images like illustrations, icons, patterns, health and wellness photos, historic images and animated photos and gifs.
- Looking for food pics? We love Foodiesfeed.com
- Public Health Images from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention + the National Images of Health – History of Medicine
- Looking for a historic photo? Check out the New York Public Library Online Collection
- Lifestyle Health and Wellness Images
- Looking for patterns? This is the ultimate free pattern website – The Amazing Pattern Library
- Looking for free animated GIF’s … Try Giphy
- https://www.iconfinder.com/ – Here you can search for any icon you are looking for; just make sure to select “For Commercial use”, and like PhotoPin, just follow the instructions for proper crediting.
Here are the best places for inexpensive (ie: cheap) stock photos & illustrations
(They have a large selection, and if you buy their credits, extra-large photos would be about $2.50 and smaller photos $1.25)
Still can’t find the right stock photo?
When you can’t find what you want in the cheap and free options, try these; they have the best selections for quality stock photography:
When this doesn’t work, find a local photographer; they can either take a photo for you, or they may just have what you need!
Why not create your own graphic and image?
- Use PicMonkey.com this is a great tool for making your photos fun with words and graphics. You can make great collages as well.
- I love www.canva.com for creating graphics with sayings and photo collages.
- SomeEcards.com is great for making your own sharable greeting card graphics.
- Remember, read the fine print, some images and tools are free for personal use and not for commercial use.
Related reading: Images & Copyright – What To Look Out For