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Looking for Free Stock Photos? Look no further
Using imagery to evoke emotions in your customers has always been a big part of web design. Unfortunately the bane of the 90’s [enter picture of people in suits shaking hands here] have outstayed their welcome for far too long. These photos are not only lame and tacky a lot of them actually cost money! I remember when we paid Getty Images £350 for a picture of a baby on a blanket. £350! Let that sink in for a second…
Luckily, with cameras now being predominantly digital, everyone can take pictures and lots of people are happy to share those with others. There have been a growing number of websites where people are curating these photos and best of all they are free.
Below I have listed the websites we have bookmarked over the years. This is in fact the same sites we use when we are looking for free stock photos.
Most of these photographs are released under the Public Domain Dedication CC0. The best way to explain that I think they do on their own website:
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 neighbouring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
I did say most, some photos may still require attribution. Always double check the license listed with the photo. This way if you do your homework and determine how the images can be used, you will never get in trouble. If you are still unsure; I would say, give attribution to the photographer to cover yourself.
Websites you can find Free Stock Images on
More resources can be found on the Canva blog