Stock Photography

Stock photography is the supply of photographs, which are often licensed for specific uses. 

It is used to fulfill the needs of creative assignments instead of hiring a photographer, often for a lower cost. 

Today, stock images can be presented in searchable online databases. 

They can be purchased and delivered online.  Some are free.  

Free Stock Photography

Follow the copyright policies from each site.
  • All The Free Stock: Free stock images, icons, and videos.
  • Bucketlistly: A free creative common collection of travel photos.
  • Bursta free stock photo site that is powered by Shopify.
  • Jay Mantri: Free pics. do anything (CC0). Make magic.
  • Moveast: This is a journey of a Portuguese guy moving east.
  • Travel Coffee Book: Sharing beautiful travel moments.
  • Designers Pics: Free photographs for your personal & commercial use.
  • Death to the Stock Photo: Free photos sent to you every month
  • Flaticon - vector graphic, premade png icons including email icons customizable in both color and size
  • Flickra reliable source of free images. 
    • It is important you understand what Creative Commons license is attached to the image you are using -- there are eight different license categories and not all images on Flickr can be used the same way.
    • The images in the Free Use Photos section are available for anyone, and you aren’t required to give credit to the creator. Flickr users that post images to this group are allowing their use.
  • Foodie’s Feed: Free food pictures in hi-res.
  • GraphicStock - downloads of high-quality, royalty-free photos, vectors, illustrations and other design elements
  • Mazwai: Free creative commons HD video clips & footages.
  • Jéshoots: New modern free photos.
  • Stock Up: Best free stock photo websites in one place.
  • Super Famous: Photos by Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter.
  • Picography: Free hi-resolution photos.
  • Magdeleine: A free high-resolution photo every day.
  • Snapographic: Free stock photos for personal & commercial use.
  • Little Visuals: 7 hi-res images in your inbox every 7 days.
  • Splitshire: - free stock photos.
  • New Old Stock: Vintage photos from the public archives.
  • Picjumbo: Totally free photos.
  • Life of Pix: Free high-resolution photos.
  • Gratisography: Free high-resolution photos.
  • Getrefe: Free photos.
  • IM Free: A curated collection of free resources.
  • Cupcake: A photographer’s treat by Jonas Nilsson Lee.
  • The Pattern Library: Free patterns for your projects.
  • Public Domain Archive: New 100% free stock photos
  • ISO Republic: High-quality, free photos for creatives
  • Stokpic: Totally free photos
  • Kaboompics: The best way to get free photos
  • Function: Free photo packs
  • MMT: Free stock photos by Jeffrey Betts
  • Paul Jarvis: Free high-resolution photos
  • Pexels: Best free photos in one place.
    • Focus on business and technology collections
  • Raumrot: Free high-resolution picture
  • Snapwire Snaps - 7 beautiful photos every 7 days (free to use)
  • Splashbase: Search & discover free, hi-res photos & videos
  • Startup Stock Photos: Go. Make something

High-Resolution Pictures

  • Pixabay: Free high-quality images
  • StockSnap - High-resolution pictures
  • Unsplash - Free high-resolution images
    • Focus more on landscapes


File Types

  • JPG - a file extension for a lossy graphics file. The JPEG file extension is used interchangeably with JPG. JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group.
  • PNG - a file extension used for transparency for a logo, a small icon, or some other small graphic that may have a special use case, like a drop shadow. 
    • Don't use PNG for large photographic images. 
    • It adds data to the image and therefore increases the file size. 
    • If you have a photo, always used JPG for websites and blogs.
    • There's no reason to use PNG for any photo.


  • Google Chrome Extensions
    • ColorZilla - that allows you to see color information within a web browser window.  Use the Color Picker function to find the best contrasting or complimentary  colors for a call-to-action button or to emulate a peer’s designs.
      • Hex
      • RGB code
      • Official name
      • Eyedropper - copy the color hex code of any pixel on the page
  • Canva