Stock photography can be expensive. And randomly grabbing licensed images from the Internet can cost you thousands of dollars if you’re found violating a copyright and threatened with legal action (this happened to someone I talked to at a Meetup).
Free Photos, No Attribution Required
Here are some sources for license-free stock photos! No attribution required (but it is often encouraged, and please double-check, as licensing can change):
- StockSnap – scroll down past the Shutterstock photos to see the free ones.
The featured image at the top of this article is from Pixabay.
These are sources of specialty photos:
Professional food photos. Attribution is requested but not required.
Archival / Historical
These sites offer free historical/archival photos. Attribution may be required:
- New York Public Library Digital Collections
These photos are very old but could be useful for a retro or historical site
- Wikimedia Commons
Some photos require attribution or have other requiremetns.
These sites offer free images but they may require attribution or have other limitations:
Has a free section but attribution is required.
Attribution and link are required.
Free photos, vector art, icons, and PSDs, but attribution is required.
- NASA on The Commons
Free photos, just need to give attribution to NASA.
- NASA Visible Earth
Free with attribution, unless otherwise noted.
License varies with photo.
This site offers free videos!
So, as you can see, there are lots of sources of royalty-free photos on the Internet! Don’t take chances by randomly downloading photos!
What are some sources of free photos that I don’t have here? Please comment below. – Brian