In the past, if you wanted to have gorgeous photos or videos for your web project you had two choices: hire a photographer/videographer OR buy crazy expensive stock photos/videos. Both options requires you to spend some money… however there is now a third (and very attractive) alternative and it’s driven by people who are talented and passionate about their work.
Enter the world of free stock photos and videos.
Picture this: you’re good with a camera, real good, and you do have a lot of fun taking photos and shooting videos, you’re not all that interested in being a photographer or videographer full time but you do want to share your passion with other people… so what do you do? Give your work away for free.
In recent years a lot of passionate photo/video folks have followed this model and now the Internet is filled with sites that offer free photos and videos but how do you know which one is the best? How do you know which ones you should visit? We can help you with that.
We put researched and compiled a list of the top places to find quality free stock photos and videos. One super-important thing to remember is that people are giving these away for free and if there is anything you can do to help them (like give them a link on a ‘Photo Credits’ page on your site) while most of these are not required you should do it.
NOTE 1: If you want to see how we calculated this score, scroll down below the table.
NOTE 2: This table was last updated on November 13th, 2016.
NOTE 3: If you have a great resource that is not included here please email us.
|Name||Media Type||Signup required?||Attribution required?||Searchable?||# of Items||Score|
|Pexels||Photos & Videos||No||No||Yes||500+||100|
|Pixabay||Photos & Videos||No||No||Yes||500+||100|
|Negative Space||Photos Only||No||No||Yes||500+||88|
|Life Of Pix||Photos Only||No||No||Yes||500+||88|
|Magdeleine||Photos Only||No||Sometimes||Yes||Can't determine||81|
|IM Free||Photos Only||No||Yes||Yes||500+||75|
|Little Visuals||Photos Only||No||No||Yes||0-100||75|
|Videvo||Videos Only||No||No||Yes||Can't determine||69|
|Free HD Footage||Videos Only||No||No||No||100-500||69|
|Lock and Stock Photos||Photos Only||No||No||Yes||Can't determine||69|
|Free Range Stock||Photos Only||Yes||Sometimes||Yes||500+||69|
|Stokpic||Photos Only||No||No||Yes||Can't determine||69|
|SplitShire||Photos Only||No||No||Yes||Can't determine||69|
|We Distill||Videos Only||No||No||Yes||Can't determine||69|
|Gratisography||Photos Only||No||No||Yes||Can't determine||69|
|Ignite Motion||Videos Only||No||No||No||0-100||56|
|Stock Footage For Free||Videos Only||Yes||No||Yes||Can't determine||56|
|GetRefe||Photos Only||No||No||No||Can't determine||56|
|Death to stock photo||Photos Only||Yes||No||No||Can't determine||43|
How we calculated the score
Each website has a score in the right column that tells you how useful it is. The higher the number the more useful it is. When calculating this number we used the exact same criteria to calculate each website. Our criteria went something like this.
We compiled a list of the possible options to the criteria we were judging each one on. Once that list was compiled we associated a simple value to each… the more useful/positive the attribute, the higher the number. The less useful/more pain in the ass attribute, the lower the number.
For example places with photos AND videos will have a higher score, places with a higher number of items will score higher than places with a low number of items. A perfect score would be 16 points which equals a perfect 100.
Our table looked like this (using Pexels as an example):
PS: That stock photo at the top of the guy with the camera comes from Unsplash
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