Stock photo’s are the devil, they really are. But here are 10 places on the web to find the least shitty stock photo’s for startups. If anything you can at least use them for non-client facing presentations, mockups where you need some filler imagery before the real photography is taken and other places where your money really doesn’t depend on it. Real images with people in a business are so much better for your website, and to tell the story – but there’s just not always photography when you want there to be. So in the meantime…
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Sites you can Visit Now to Get Free Stock Photos for Startups
- Startup Stock Photos – Completely amazing huge set of office-y stock photo’s. Incredible. If your truly looking for ‘photo’s that resemble a startup, or small hip business – this is best resource I’ve found.
- Unsplash – More nature-centric, but gorgeous photos.
- Little Visuals – Object and nature oriented, Organic Patterns, etc. Perhaps for Blog Post imagery.
- New Old Stock – Old photos, so there is no copyright
- Gratisography – Free stock photos, where alot of them involve people.. More caricaturistic.
- Free Refe Real Life Photos – Back towards ‘start up centric’ office and computer photos. Phones, Coffee, iPads, Cities, Computer desks.
Free subscription services for start-up friendly stock photos
- Death to Stock Photo – Gloriously off the beaten trail, these photos span from hipster van adventures to hip yuppy home office
- PicJumbo – Not only are their amazing startup-like shots on PicJumbo, but you can also sign up for shots in your inbox
All of these websites are offering free stock photos, always look for the creative commons license to make sure
As I’ve tried to do with this list, always ensure that the photographs you are using are free from any copyright restrictions or have a very open Creative Commons license. Creative Commons : 0 – means you don’t have to attribute or otherwise worry your little head about adding a link or attributing to a source. This is ideal for these types of photos.
Even more Free Stock Photo Websites for Startups
Some of these resources below are not directed to provide free stock photos for startups, they are more generalized ‘free photography’ websites. Use them to find free featured images that are high-quality and professional looking, without having to worry whether you are infringing on a copyright. As long as you see an
*Special Mention for more than just photos, a curated collection of free resources for designer’s
http://negativespace.co/ – A little note here: Designer’s are always looking for photos with place to overlay text. Here’s one place that features that kind of photography.
Have a resource? The more the merrier! Share a free stock photo resource in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list.
Great article Tim!
I recently started http://fancycrave.com/ as a side project. The site consists of completely free stock photos all taken by me and other professional photographers. My aim for these photos is to help designers and creative alike. People can use these images for whatever purpose they please. Each image is licensed under CC0.
I keep things very simple. I list the photo, its tags, the author, and the download link. The site layout is very minimal and straight forward. We strive to publish two new images every single day.
I hope you and others will find it valuable. If you see it fit, I’d be very grateful if you could add it to this list. Cheers!