If you’re looking for the world’s best free, high-quality, high-resolution stock photos and if you’d like them to be in one place so you don’t have to waste time visiting a dozen sites looking for a usable image, you actually have 3 really great options. Sites like Unspash have amazing free stock photos, but a pretty limited selection. If you’re looking for awesome free photos, it can be a GIANT pain in the butt having to scour several different sites to MAYBE find something usable — until now.
If you’re a blogger or designer, work for a startup or magazine or just need some images for your small business, these three sites are going to be your new best friend. You’ll save money, save time and get seriously amazing photos. Personally I make use of all three of the sites below — I don’t limit myself to one. That’s because I can do the same search (i.e. “Mac”) and get different results from each!
Stock Up is my favorite free stock photo site (well, search engine, really) because it has a really clean, minimal interface that searches 26 free stock photo websites to help you find the pictures you are looking for without having to trek all over the web. Aside from actually searching for specific photos you can also browse the most popular or newest photos. With nearly 10,000 indexed images at the time of writing, it’s the largest source of high-quality, free stock photos I know of.
Pexels is another great free stock images site that boasts close to 5,000 high-quality images. Each week the team adds at least 70 new hand-picked images (all high-resolution) to the searchable collection. Every single image is completely free to use for any legal purpose thanks to Creative Commons Zero licensing. I like the interface: it’s very usable and it’s easy to browse for ideas before you have a specific search term in mind.
StockSnap.io adds a few nice features you won’t find on other free stock photo sites. Aside from searching, you can sort images by trending, date, views and downloads. I also like that you can favorite images to save for later. It’s cool that you can see how many times an image has been viewed, favorited and downloaded (to help you gauge how much it has already been used/seen) and I also like that you can see when a photo was added (like 6 days ago, for instance).