The Best Stock Images - Free for Commercial Use

by KamesG
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As a designer and developer I build a lot of templates, so I need access high-quality images I can use free of charge on my commercial projects.

A lot of these websites have a wide seleection of images, so some of them may not be suitable for Internet Marketing products, but you can find a lot of diamonds in the rough - especially if are building various niches products or have a knack to create juicy copyedit with unique images.

1. Unsplash - Unsplash

I visit Unsplash almost weekly to find the latest and greatest images to use for projects and mockups.

2. PicJumbo - picjumbo

I like PicJumbo, because they have a great selection in about 10 major categories, so you can quickly refine your search.

3. CompFight - Compfight / A Flickr Search Tool

They have a huge selection of images and you find a ton of great photos and refine the search by using the license search - Creative Commons and Commercial

Business Search - Image search for business / Compfight / A Flickr Search Tool

4. New Old Stock - New Old Stock

New Old Stock provides a ton of free images from the *olden* days and are great if you creative and can come up with catchy copyedit with these unique photos.

5. Death To Stock Photos- Free photos for creative use - Death to the Stock Photo

Death to the Stock Photo requires you to sign up (free) – Then you’ll have high quality photos sent directly to your email every month. You get a free pack just for joining, and according to Twitter new members will soon be able to download previous photo packs too. Sure sounds great!
I love getting my monthly email from these guys and always looking forward to a new set of photos each month.

6. Super Famous - Superfamous - Folkert Gorter

7. Pixabay - Editor's Choice Photos

8. Little Visuals - 8 Unique Places to Find Quality Free Photos – Function

Hopefully these links can help some Warriors find new photos for projects. Sorry if people already know about these resources
#commercial #free #images #stock
  • Profile picture of the author moneywithtim
    Nice post. Will check it out when I need something.
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  • Profile picture of the author qowb
    Wow an excellent resource for developers and designers .... I know some of them, but not all. I think I will definitely make a good use of it Many thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
    I found Death to Stock Photo's a couple of months ago, their packages are really good.

    Thanks for the links, there are a few I haven't heard of before.
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    • Profile picture of the author KamesG
      Originally Posted by Katie Rich View Post

      I found Death to Stock Photo's a couple of months ago, their packages are really good.

      Thanks for the links, there are a few I haven't heard of before.
      I agree! I really love the packages they put together. I too found them a couple of months ago and was really impressed with their stuff.

      How many emails have you beens sent so far? Maybe you could send me the links to see if I missed any?
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      • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
        Originally Posted by KamesG View Post

        I agree! I really love the packages they put together. I too found them a couple of months ago and was really impressed with their stuff.

        How many emails have you beens sent so far? Maybe you could send me the links to see if I missed any?
        Not many, just a couple. The previous downloads are available on the website though.
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  • Profile picture of the author DP Affiliate
    Don't forget about photobank Depositphotos. They also suggest lots of free images.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Szalok
    You can also add Morguefile.com to the list.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Well, it use to be that a lot of firms would give out free images. However, when you try to download em. Like they now try to charge you a fee, so it is not really free mon. BTW, sxc is now free images. I still use em. What we really need is free 4K videos for our use.
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    • Profile picture of the author 512 Designs
      Great resource. Thanks for posting it. I just signed up for Death to Stock Photos. Looking forward to their packs each week.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        People . . . control your excitement for a moment.

        I have studied the licensing terms of a number of these "free" image sites. When you use their images you are agreeing to their licensing terms.

        True, you may not be paying a fee for the use of an image, however . . .

        There are limitations on the use of images in all of these sites. In every one, the original photographer maintains the image copyright. He/she still enjoys the protection of the law against infringement.

        Most of the sites have language in their license that holds them harmless in case of copyright holder issues and claims.

        So while the images appear to be free to use however you want, that is really not the case - you are still agreeing to the terms of a license and I would strongly suggest your read and familiarize yourself with those terms before you proceed.

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        • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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          Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

          There are limitations on the use of images in all of these sites. In every one, the original photographer maintains the image copyright. He/she still enjoys the protection of the law against infringement.
          While I agree with the general gist of your post --> some of those sites, including Pixabay, offer CC0 (Public Domain Dedication) images which are images released into the Public Domain using the CC0 license. This is a license that allows the copyright holder to waive his or her copyright on an image.

          Creative Commons (CC0)

          The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

          You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permissio
          n.

          Creative Commons — CC0 1.0 Universal
          Pixabay FAQ

          Downloading and use of images

          CC0 Via download provided Images on Pixabay are bound to Creative Commons Deed CC0. To the extent possible under law, uploaders of Pixabay have waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to these Images. You are free to adapt and use the Images for commercial purposes without attributing the original author or source. Although absolutely not required, a link back to Pixabay would be nice.


          FAQ
          Pixabay Terms

          Limitations

          Images depicting identifiable persons may not be used for pornographic, unlawful or other immoral purposes, or in a way that can give a bad name to people, or to imply endorsement of products and services by those persons, brands, organisations, etc. You may not claim ownership of any image in its original state, and you cannot license or sublicense images granting exclusive rights as they are.

          Since Pixabay does not require a written Model Release for each Image that has identifiable people on it, We cannot guarantee that you will be able to use the Image for any purpose You like. Also, if there is a model release for the Image, We do not represent or make warranties whatsoever as to the legality or validity of it.

          Furthermore, certain Images may be subject to additional copyrights, property rights, trademarks etc. and may require the consent of a third party or the license of these rights. Pixabay does not represent or make any warranties that it owns or licenses any of the mentioned, nor does it grant them. It's your and the Image uploader's responsibility to make sure that all the necessary rights, consents and licenses for the use of the Images are provided.

          You are not allowed to mass download Images with an application, or reuse a big part of the Images for redistribution on a similar Website. Texts including image descriptions and tags are copyrighted.

          Pixabay cannot be held responsible for any copyright violations, and cannot guarantee the legality of the Images stored in its system. If you want to make sure, always contact the photographers. You use the site and the photos at your own risk!


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          Pixabay offers some images that are Public Domain and model released which is a quite uncommon. Yes, as part of their ToS they do say no porn or unlawful uses allowed but this is common even with the vast majority of the images you license from reputable stock photo sites. This is not a copyright issue, but a right to control publicity and use of likeness that recognizable subjects of the images hold, and and unless explicitly waived with a proper model release then you should not use images for porn, and of course you are not supposed to use ANY image to break the law no matter where you obtained the image from.

          That said, is using free images as good as purchasing a license to use a stock image?

          NO. For a couple of reasons... Pixabay takes pretty good care to insure they are actually providing public domain images, but many other sites do not.

          What do I mean by this? I mean having a license (and a release if needed) issued by a legit stock photo provider is the best way to go because, as long as you follow the terms of the license, you are off of the hook if someone claims infringement or faulty use down the road. No strictly free image site will give you this protection.

          A big problem with some of the free photo sites these days is some of the photos are pirated in the first place and uploaded to the free sites...so you really don't know if you have the rights to use the photo or not.

          On top of that a legit stock photo house can provide you images that are model and/or property released and for some uses this is quite necessary. Many uninformed people think the only concern when using photos are copyright...and this is just not the case.

          So when you use a photo not only do you have to have a proper license, or a legit public domain photo if you do not want to use a CC attribution license, but you also may need a model and or property release to use recognizable faces, trademarked property, logos etc. in many commercial uses, endorsements, advertisements, marketing materials and in ways that could be considered "false light".

          Cheers

          -don
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    These are great since they are compositionally different from most of the photo stock sites out there.
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      sorry the last one is japanese so its inserted some odd characters into my post.
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    • Profile picture of the author Didier Faucher
      Originally Posted by mrmugabe View Post


      freepik.com
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      Material stolen from various sources. Do NOT use.

      There's hundreds of such websites that provide stolen illustrations and photos from various sources
      and illegitimate creative commons licenses to attract traffic. They make money using AdSense ads
      and affiliate programs to legitimate stock photo websites.




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  • Profile picture of the author UnkwnUsr
    What do you guys think of freeimages.com?
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  • Profile picture of the author elviira
    Always need free sources for photos, thank you for the great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author skyro
    Thanks for the share. These sites can be really useful in creating banner ads or posting ads in facebook groups.
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  • Profile picture of the author wentzco
    Massively appreciated! I was looking for Christmas images to use & thought I would do a WF search & Bingo!
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Corey
    Thankyou! I spent hours looking for stockphotos yesterday and kept getting directed to membership sites. Now I finally found what I'm looking for .
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  • Profile picture of the author yuccarichard
    nice resources! thanks a lot for sharing, some of these I didn't know about. Especially love the vintage photos. Thanks again for sharing!
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  • Great post! I used to only use freeimages.com and Google image search to find images to use commercially.
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  • Profile picture of the author drem
    After hearing about horror stories with some of these sites, I only go with credible sites for free images. Heck, I am buying images more often just so I never have to worry about the copyright hammer coming down on me.
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  • Profile picture of the author mfxms
    Awesome post I be checking them out.. Love free images
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  • Profile picture of the author ThrillerAuthor
    I would rather stay on the safe side and use a reputable stock photo site. I use Dollar Photo Club where you get hi-res images for just $1 each. Your monthly club fees are $10, but you can buy as many images as you want for $1 each.
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  • Profile picture of the author bennie07
    Here's another site that reference images free for commercial use:

    The Only Guide to Image Sources You'll Ever Need (Part I) - SiteProNews
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  • Profile picture of the author trcktr
    really helpful links....all are awesome
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  • Profile picture of the author Jarodd W
    Just to add a great source that I find useful - the dollar photo club is an amazing resource for stock photos. You unfortunately do have to pay for the photo, BUT all their photos are a dollar. Hence the name of the website! Google them and check it out. If you can spare a few dollars to graphically enhance your marketing I'd say the Dollar Photo Club is worth a look. Hope this helps!
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    • Profile picture of the author busybee
      May I say thanks to you all for your input seen in this thread.

      I will definitely use your great picture resources
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  • Profile picture of the author shimon87
    Great post! bookmarked
    I'll try these sites
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  • Profile picture of the author nizamkhan
    I know couple of these sites, but it's good to know more. Thanks for sharing the useful resource
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  • Profile picture of the author aire
    Death To Stock Photos is my fav
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    • Profile picture of the author besters
      LOL, I just added that to my list today! It is indeed a great one. Photopin is also quite good.
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