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The best sites for free stock photos

Updated on January 10, 2012
Stock.xchng is a personal favorite.
Stock.xchng is a personal favorite.


My own personal favorite site for getting a hold of free stock photos is Stock.xchng. It's got a huge database of gorgeous, high-quality pictures to choose from, and they're all in astoundingly high resolution. They have a paid section too, but the massive amount of free pictures available on here is absolutely amazing. It's so vast, in fact, that you are sure to find exactly what you're looking for (or close to it) without any trouble at all. Just sign up and go! It's that simple. Without a doubt, this site is my own primary resource. I've been so consistently impressed, that this is my first stop (and sometimes only stop) everytime I'm in need of a great photo to really set off my blogs, hubs, articles, or other web-based sites.


When my second favorite stock photo site went offline, I got busy and created my own. Check out Wynnstock for some stock photography made by yours truly. :)

Great source of government photos
Great source of government photos

Copyright-Free Photo Archive

Want to add that little extra punch to your website, hub, article, or other graphically-wanting text-based creation? How about a photo taken by NASA or the NOAA? That's right, if you're looking for the best source of government-related (and some other) photos, then look no further than this archive, because they have it all, or at least, enough to make an impression on anyone who makes their way through your page. The only marks I have against this page are those for quality-- because many of the images are so old, the resolution can be a little on the small side (think 600 x 800) but they compress well, so if you're working with something smaller than that (like we often do on Hubpages) then the lack of high-resolution pictures immediately becomes a non-sequitur.

PD photo is an impressive site for travel-related pictures.
PD photo is an impressive site for travel-related pictures.


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    • Vernpaulwriter profile image

      Vernpaulwriter 7 years ago from backwoods of Nevada

      thanks for the info, great hub.

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      miuwmiuw 7 years ago

      thankyou thankyou thankyou so much!

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      kookoo88 7 years ago from Cripple Creek

      This is an excellent help. Thank you. :)

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      Changed My Mind 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great info! I'm going to go and take a look at your site for some new photo opps. Nice hub!

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      kakawett 7 years ago

      Don't forget,, ...

      As described here:

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      gabyfotoart 8 years ago

      One more great site with free photos:

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      Hey this is great and just waht I have been looking for. Thankyou.

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      Ringo 8 years ago

      Another site that offers totally free photos for commercial and personal use

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I agree with you about stock.xchng, it has become my favorite. I used to go to Morgue files or Flickr but I used to spend what seemed like hours hunting for the right shot. For my last hub I was able to find the pictures all within half an hour. Actually I had a hard time choosing because I had way too many... Great hub regards Zsuzsy