So, you want to get into design – maybe even web design specifically. You look around at what other web designers are doing and you wonder, where do they get these amazing images for their previews and their blog? When you do a search for “free stock images,” you mostly get to sites that lure you in with the offer of free images, but, if you actually want to download the images, they want you to sign up and pay a fee. However, you’re not yet ready to make such a financial commitment in your endeavor of creating your business. That is why it’s good to know some sites where you can get images for free which you can also use commercially (always read the licensing of the images!!).
Picjumbo – by Victor Hanacek – is, by far, my favorite site to get free stock images. The images all have a modern feel to them and it’s just an amazing site to get inspiration. One thing you have to keep in mind is that the site is powered by ads and the premium packages (you can download more images at once and not all separately). So try to turn off your adblock when you visit Picjumbo. You can also sign up for the newsletter and get the newest images in your email.
Unsplash – anyone can upload images to Unsplash and be part of this community. The good thing about this site is that you can get a large variety of images because of this diversity in photographers. Again, you have the option of signing up for the newsletter and getting the images directly to your mailbox. This site is definitely a place you need to check out and find your next stock image for your own website or demo site.
Barn Images is the third option that I use in my own design business. It was created by Igor Trepeshchenok and Roman Drits, two photographers from Latvia. They really amazing imagery that you definitely need to check out. If you sign up for their newsletter, you get a free photo pack of 50 high-resolution images. So give them some love and check out their photography. I really could get lost on their site and just look at their images for hours.