Photography & high quality images are essential to custom designs, specifically custom phone cases. Our customers are always looking for a photo to use to customize their product that is free for use, high quality and not cheesy. In years past, you had to pay top dollar to many of these website that offered breathtaking, hi res images. That is not the case any longer. In 2019, it’s super easy to find websites offering free, stock photography for personal and even commercial use.
What is Stock Photography? According to Wikipedia, stock photography is the supply of photographs, which are often licensed for specific uses. The stock photo industry, which began to gain hold in the 1920s, has established models including traditional macrostock photography, midstock photography, and microstock photography. In other words, it’s photography and images that include top level models a lot of the time and are available for use in advertising, marketing and other methods of promoting a product or organization. The best part? You can get access to many of these images now for free. Without further ado, here’s some of our favorite websites for the best stock photography free for personal and commercial use, in no particular order because they’re all great in their own way.
1. Pexels. Just simply visit their site and you’ll see why it’s one of our favorites. The images are different from most stock photography websites and are just eye-catching. They have a great variety of image categories. Their website is simple to use – search for a term you are interested in finding images for, click the image, then click download and choose the image size you want. Their images are free to use without giving attribution to the photographer, although much appreciated if you do I’m sure.
2. StockSnap.io. Similarly to Pexels, StockSnap has an excellent variety of images, amazing quality and free for use without attribution required. They also have a handy link at the top labeled “trending” so you can quickly find popular images based on searches on their site.
3. Pixabay. Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.
4. FoodiesFeed. While very dialed in to a specific category & style of images, i.e. excellent for food bloggers, their variety is amazing & there’s something for everyone looking for food related images. Cookies, tomatoes, mixed drinks, veggies. Dig in!
6. Gratisography. Stock image sites are a dime a dozen — and so are the images they offer for download and use. You’re looking for something better, right? Something quirky… beautiful… arresting. Images that make your audience’s heart beat just a little faster. You’re in the right place. At Gratisography, they pride themselves on being the world’s quirkiest collection of high-resolution free stock images, comprised of the world’s best, most creative pictures — images you just won’t find anywhere else. Free for personal use & commercial use.
7. Reshot. Uniquely free photos. Handpicked, non-stocky images. Yours to use as you wish.
8. Negative Space. The goal at NegativeSpace is to give photographers a platform whereby they can share their photography with the world. They want to provide those out-of-focus surroundings so the beautiful high-resolution images found within them have a chance to shine.
9. PicJumbo. One of the most popular sources for very high-resolution free stock photos. All images, backgrounds and stock photos are free of charge, with no watermark and can be used in both personal and commercial projects. All free photos are shared by a community of generous photographers and travelers and we all are very happy when we can see our stock photos being used on your websites, blogs, apps or billboards.
10. Kaboompics. Kaboompics is one of the most popular source of free images for lifestyle, interior design and specialized bloggers in World.