Images can make or break the content on your website. Well thought images can pair well with your copy and add tremendous impact for your readers. Poor or outdated images can have a negative effect or make your site, or copy, seem dated. While it is always best to take original pictures, stock photos have come a long way since the boring pictures of business professionals in a boardroom. Listed below are some sites where you can download free or inexpensive stock photography.
Unsplash is a community that has over 100,000 photographers and creators who upload content for your to use for free. And by free I mean “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.” That’s straight from their license page.
While not photography Coverr is a great site to get free stock video. Ever Monday the site will post seven new videos that you can download and use to your liking. Like Unsplash they are free to use for commercial and noncommercial purposes.
DepositPhotos is one of our favorite paid-for photography websites. They have over 100 million high-quality stock images and videos and also have a reasonable membership rate. Compared to one of their well-known competitors, DepositPhotos individuals monthly plan is half the price of that competitor and includes 20 more photo downloads per month.
We’ve had a client request a stock photo from this competitor so we took that photo ID and searched for it in DepositPhotos. Luckily, it was the same ID and photo so we downloaded it for half the price and completed our client’s request.
Pikwizard is an excellent resource for free stock photos and videos. There are over 100,000 high-quality images, with 20,000 that are completely exclusive to the site. What makes Pikwizard stand out is it’s high-quality images of people, which are few and far between on the best stock photography sites. There’s also no attribution required!