Recently, I was in need of a stock photo and realized I’d lost touch with all of the sites I used to visit for free photos. So I set out on a quest to locate some good stock photo sites, resulting in this post of where to find those photos, and some insights into my findings on each site.
morgueFile is my first stop when looking for a stock photo. They have a large collection of photos that are free to use in your creative work, whether it be personal or commercial. You are also free to adapt the photo to your needs and are not required to attribute the original author.
There are however, some restrictions. You may use the image on a stand-alone basis; you cannot sell, license, sublicense, rent, transfer or distribute the image exactly as it is. You may also not claim ownership of the image in its original state.
Freedigitalphotos offers royalty free photos for corporate and personal use. The free images are small, 400 pixels on the longest side, and require a link back to the creator’s portfolio on FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Images are also available in high resolution for use in print or graphic design. These larger renditions can be purchased, or if you want the smaller image without the attribution requirements, you can purchase it too.
Images are neatly categorized with sub-categories, making it easy to find what you’re looking for.
Be careful though. They lump their free images along with for purchase images from Shutterstock on the same page. A small text heading separates them.