Free stock photos are in demand, if our readers are any indication. Our article “25 Free Stock Photo Sites” has been read more than 360,000 times since it was published about two years ago.
Since then, we’ve received suggestions from readers for sites we missed in the first list (and some sites that didn’t exist two years ago). So it’s time for a second list, pushing the number of sites way past 25. Thanks to everyone who left an email or comment suggesting a site.
If your blog is news-related in any way, shape, or form, you need to check out Picapp. Let’s say you want to blog about last night’s Oscars. Picapp has red carpet photos, taken last night, that you can use on your blog now, free. I’m not making this up. The photo will appear on your blog with a wee bit of advertising, but still. For the news, sports, celebrity, travel, fashion, and entertainment blogger.
Budget Stock Photo has no photos of its own. Rather, it contains some rather long lists of other sites hosting free stock photos. You could spend days here, so grab some coffee (or tea) and hit the lists!
Photo Everywhere has free travel stock photos, especially from the UK, categorized by geographical region. Link back required.
Photoree strikes me as similar in style to Google Image search. Free registering seems necessary. Also, note this warning: “Avoid recommending photos containing nudity, if possible.” So, do try and restrain yourself.
Photogen has a nice search feature, based on tagged photos. Web usage is unrestricted, but free registration is required.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking at this point. “Thousands of free images. Is that the best you can do?” Well, how would you like to try MILLIONS?! Both Flickr and Wikimedia house a bazillion images that are under the Creative Commons license. For this, a large coffee urn will be required. Good luck. (Wikimedia’s CC image are here.)
This blog offers free texture images, and (this is cool) they encourage everyone to upload their own textures to share. What a great idea!
Free Stock Photos has over 10,000 free stock photos for download, nicely grouped into a bunch of categories.
Acobox is unique in that they host all of their photos for you, in different sizes. Just select your desired size and alignment, and Acobox delivers the HTML for you to add to your blog. No need to download. Pretty neat.
Wallpaper Stop has a lot of wallpapers. 12,000, give or take. And they are big and high def. Very nice. Sign up and get free wallpapers in your inbox once a week.
Free Digital Photos has a good idea: give away low-res versions of photos, and sell high-res versions for a few bucks. The low-res (640px) are perfect for a web page. And the photos? They are NICE. Check ‘em out.
Free Foto, like Free Digital Photos (above), offers low-res for free, and higher res for a price. But you’ll need to request the price, and wait for a reply. To download a freebie, you need to sign an agreement and give your email address. Every. Time. You. Download. But they do have over 130,000 photos…
The “pd” in PDPhoto stands for “public domain.” There’s not a vast number here, but they’re free…and if you need a pic of Kermit’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, they’ve got you covered.
“All pictures on this site are explicitly placed in the public domain, free for any personal or commercial use.” And there’s some very nice photos here, hidden in among the Google ads. Worth a peek.
“HD jpeg files up to 3,000 pixels. Coming soon layered Photoshop files and Vector Art.” Some very nice, professional photos. Stunning, really. A nice portfolio site.
Many of the photos here look like print-quality commercial photographs–they’re that good. A jewel of a site.
Photl is very impressive. All the photos are free, and you can search for them by keyword combined with a color. Need a red dress? Type “dresses” and choose the color red from the picker. Bingo. When you go to download, they have a crop tool that allows you to download just a portion, if you like. Big files, high quality. Downloads limited to 35mb a day. I’m bookmarking this sucker.
RGBStock reminds me of my favorite pay-for-stock site, iStockphoto.com. Same nice pop-ups when you hover over an image, same clean design. Only difference is: RBGstock is free. Gotta love it.