May 23, 2015

Five Free Stock Photo Resources

One of my most asked questions is where do I find my stock photos. When I say "most asked question" I mean, Kris asked me ages ago and I thought I should do a blog post about it. Photography is an integral part of blogging, but when you're unable to take your own photos stock photography can be the bridge between a boring blog post and a great one. Finding royalty free pictures can be quite a hassle. Especially when you have an image in mind, but can't find it.

Stock photos are professional photos that can be used for personal or commercial use. These photos are usually released under a creative commons license. It's always important to read the full license before using a photo, as not all photos fall under the same license. If you're unsure if you can use a photo or not, chances are you shouldn't. Copyright laws are tricky to understand and you don't want to end up in legal trouble down the line because of something that could have been avoided.

Death of the Stock Photo

Death of the Stock Photo is a free service that sends you 10 high quality stock photos to your inbox every month. These photos are released use the company's own license. Death of the Stock Photo seems to be the most common stock photos bloggers use. I love the quality of the photography, but when I can do a quick scan on the bloglovin' explore page and see six different blogs using the same photo I tend to opt for a photo from somewhere else.


If you've been around for a while then you know Usplash is my go to stock resource. Unsplash publishes 10 new photos every 10 day under a Creative Commons Zero license. That means you can do whatever your heart desires with these photos.

Stocksnap has everything you could possibly need stock photography for. I will admit this website is relatively new to me. Stocksnap does also use a Creative Commons Zero license.

New Old Stock

New Old Stock is a collection of vintage photos from the public archives. Many of these photos pre-date copyright laws. New Old Stock free of known copyright restrictions and are protected under a Flickr Commons license.

Lock and Stock Photos

Lock and Stock Photos are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.. This license means that should you use any photos from Lock and Stock Photos you must link back to AJ Montpetit's personal website. I always links to where I got my image from so this type of license is not a hassle for me.

1. Death To The Stock: Creative Space Pack 2. Unspash by David Mao 3. Magic by Chelsea Francis 4. Apollo 16: Duke on Crater's Edge 5. Hello by Lock and Stock Photos

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