Seven Amazing Stock Photo Sites You Can Use for Free

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Seven Amazing Stock Photo Sites You Can Use for Free

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Every online success relies on a strong visual component in one way or another. Whether it’s colorful, sleek web design or an incredible portfolio of videos and photos, your business’s website and social media accounts need to engage customers beyond the written word. 

For companies that can’t afford a kick-ass photographer, there’s good news: Stock photography websites are everywhere and they’re producing some remarkable stuff.

Take advantage of these websites to save some dough on your online marketing efforts while still piquing the interest of your audience.

1. Pixabay

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Pixabay offers a ton of free images across a wide variety of topics. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of lower-quality and clip art images included among the gems, so it might be a little harder to find the perfect photo. The flip side is access to almost half a million images, so we can live with the trade-off.

2. Unsplash

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Sourcing photos from photographers around the world has enabled Unsplash to curate a collection of over two million images. We love Unsplash because their photos feel more organic and less staged than some of the other options out there.

3. The Gender Spectrum Collection

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Part of a growing movement to increase diversity in stock photos, the Gender Spectrum Collection is an invaluable resource for high-quality images of nonbinary and trans models. And unlike photos you can find elsewhere, these images aren’t stereotypical and are ideal for a wide range of topics. 

Before using photos from the Gender Spectrum Collection, be sure to review their recommended usage guidelines, including information related to responsible representation and license stipulations.

4. Splitshire

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We love Splitshire and use them for many of our clients’ blogs. Their images are well-tagged, so finding the right one for your topic should be pretty easy.

5. Freepixels

Freepixels’ site isn’t the greatest, but the photos it provides make up for the dated appearance and interface. If you have a general idea of what kind of photo you’re looking for, this is a good place to start.

6. Morguefile

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Morguefile is partnered with paid stock photo sites such as iStock and Getty, but has plenty of free photos available on its own. It’s one of the better tagged websites, so tracking down images pertaining to your topic is simple and straightforward.

7. Pxhere

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Pxhere stands out in that it has no copyright restrictions — you can use their photos for whatever you want without even having to attribute them. This flexibility is ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to have to worry about restrictions for commercial uses or photo adaptations. 

Curate Your Own Collection of Photos

Stock photos not for you? Marketeering Group can help you curate a unique collection of photos that speak to your business’s specific culture and offerings. Reach out to one of our strategists today to learn more about our photography services.

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