10 Free High Quality Stock Photography Websites That All Creatives Should Bookmark

Stock photography has developed a negative connotation over the past decade or so because let’s face it, we have got used to seeing horribly staged photos of happy business people answering bananas as phones (yes those are real photos). Not only is the quality of standard stock photography an issue for students and aspiring creatives, the price usually is as well.

Whether you are a graphic designer, web designer, filmmaker or are involved in any other creative field, having access to free high quality stock photography can mean the difference between a good project and an amazing one. We have reviewed hundreds of graphic designer portfolios from recent FIDM Graduates and it’s clear that work of designers that use high quality photography stand out among the rest.

Today we are sharing with you 10 of our favorite websites that provide free high quality stock photography. Please keep in mind that many of the photographs from the websites below are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, some photos may require attribution so it’s best to do your own research and determine how these images can be used.


Death to Stock


Death to Stock is wonderful because every month a photo pack of 10 photos within a certain category will be delivered to your inbox. The goal of Death to Stock Photos is to bring you a variety of options in which to use for your mockups, blog posts or social media. Death to stock photo uses their own license which you can read on their webpage.



Unsplash might be our favorite free stock photography website due to the quality of the photos available. The website releases 10 new photos every 10 days and they’re released under the creative commons public domain license which means you can use them on any project you want.



Gratisography offers free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. New awesome pictures are added weekly and are free of copyright restrictions. All pictures are captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design.

Jay Mantri


Jay Mantri releases 7 new photos every Thursday under the Creative Commons CC0 license. Some great quality here with a variety of different themes.

Life of Pix


Life of Pix is a resource created by the LEEROY creative agency offering free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions. New pictures are added weekly.

Lock & Stock


Lock & Stock photos are the works of AJ Montpetit. He’s giving back to the open source community by sharing his photographs under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareALike.

Get Refe


Get Refe is a Tumblr blog featuring royalty-free, high-quality, natural looking photos.

Snapwire Snaps


Snapwire Snaps offers 7 free photos every 7 days. Photos are public domain and free from copyright restrictions.



StockSnap.io has a large selection of quality free stock photos and high resolution images. The site also has a search feature making it easy to browse.

Superfamous Studios


Superfamous is the Los Angeles-based studio of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter. You can use the work for your own purposes as long as credit is provided.

As you can see, the list of high quality stock photography resources out there is increasing thankfully. If you know of a website that should be added to this list please let us know in the comment section below!

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Author: James Peacock

James Peacock is a Digital Marketing Specialist at FIDM in Los Angeles, California. He received his A.A. in Graphic Design from FIDM and was hired as Social Media Assistant in 2013 by his alma mater in order to help grow the institution’s social media marketing efforts. James now combines two of his passions, telling stories and solving problems by managing data-driven marketing campaigns across multiple channels that ultimately result in a positive return on investment.

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