When building a website, one of the things you are going to want to have is beautiful free stock photography images on your site. Because not everyone has time to go out and shoot pictures with a camera, or create original artwork.

Well no worries because you can use stock photography!

‘Stock photography’ or ‘Stock images’ are images created by professionals licensed for specific uses. Stock images are used to fulfill the needs of any creative work, instead of having to hire a photographer or illustrator. You can use stock photography for websites or for any documents you need to create, such as PDFs or PowerPoints.

Places to get Free Stock Photography

There are several good website where you can get Stock Photography.  Below are a few resources I like for imagery (my full set of resources is in my Graphics Creation Workshop program)

Here are 3 Free Stock Photography sites I like:

Pixabay: http://pixabay.com

Easy to understand terms for usage, and I always find high quality images here.  Great search tool.

 

 

Life Of Pix: http://www.lifeofpix.com/gallery


If you want a real designer look to your images, use this site for elegant imagery.

 

 

Morguefile: https://www.morguefile.com

free stock photography from mourgefile.com

I find a variety of images here, and some that have a amature-ish, home made feel, which is a look I sometimes want.

 

 

Sometimes, the free sites don’t give you exactly what you are looking for.  In that instance I turn to paid stock photography sites.

For paid stock photography sites, I  prefer to use iStockPhoto (my link for them is  http://www.christinasresources.com/istock ) because I know that I am getting royalty free images and I don’t have to worry about anything.  They are low cost, and sometimes they give away free images !

free stock photography from iStock

Want more image resources?  Read this article on My Top 7 Free Stock Resources to find more places to get great high quality images.

Where do you like to get your stock images?  Leave a comment below…

(This post was originally published on March 16, 2012)