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 www.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.
    Visit http://www.photopin.com/
  • Sxc.hu – 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.
    Visit http://www.sxc.hu/
  • Thanks to Eric Anders  for these tips:  Start your search here: http://search.creativecommons.org/ and http://www.dreamstime.com/free-photos

Here are the best places for inexpensive (ie: cheap) stock photos & illustrations

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!

Want to find a logo or icon? Can’t find the right Twitter icon?

Try this:

  • http://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.

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.
  • I love Quozio for as they say…. turning meaningful words into beautiful images in seconds. Then share ’em on Facebook, Pinterest, email and more!  Totally free!

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

About Sara Mannix

Sara Mannix is the CEO of Mannix Marketing, Inc., a Digital Marketing Agency headquartered in Glens Falls, NY. She founded Mannix Marketing in 1996 with a goal to get clients "found" on the web through organic Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The company now serves over 1500 clients worldwide and employs a team of over 30 specialists, still operating under the tagline "We Get You Found On The Web." This multifaceted company is an industry leader, specializing in organic SEO, Link Earning, SEO-friendly Website Design, Online Advertising, Social Media and more. Mannix Marketing also has one of the largest portfolios of tourism and city guides in Upstate New York. These guides, which include Albany.com, Saratoga.com, LakeGeorge.com, GlensFallsRegion.com, CliftonPark.com and Adirondack.net, reach over 10 million visitors a year. Corresponding social media profiles for the region extend this reach to millions more on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube and more.