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Best Free Stock Photo Sites

Updated on May 02, 2011

Stock Photography Sites

Stock photography sites provide a well needed service not only to the internet community but to whoever may need graphics for whatever purpose.

Whether you just need a photo to spice up your hub, make an article more attractive with the use of an picture or to use on a brochure or website template, you can find some images for use at internet free stock photography sites.

Most of the images on free stock photo sites are submitted by users who are amatuer or professional photographers. Some of the photos may not be high quality and are offered free while some of the higher quality photos which have been edited using photo editing software are sold for as low as $1. These higher quality photographs are used on website templates, in magazines and in brochures and other commercial productions.

Google Images?

You can do a search by keyword and bring up relevant images on Google, Yahoo, MSN and other search engines. This however is not a recommendation!

While you may not get into trouble for downloading some photos, it is not recommended that you "right click and save picture" when browsing these images. Some of the images may have copyrights which means that you could get into legal trouble if you do use these images on your website, blog or other content.

For this reason it is best to stick to free stock photo sites when you need pictures for your website, blog, hub or other content.

sxc.hu - Best Free Stock Photo Site

This is just my opinion, but I would say that the best free stock photo site is sxc.hu also known as Stock Xchng. I always use this site when I need photos to add to a hub or landing page or website that I own.

The best thing about them is that I can search their large database for a picture and I always find one that matches what I'm looking for.

Another good thing about them is they do not require you to link back to their website nor do they have their name on the photos. Some stock photo sites will let you use their photos but you have to link back to their site or they have their domain name on the photos.

Stock Xchng also refers its users to StockXpert, a royalty free stock photo site they created which offers higher quality photos for as low as $1. There are benefits in buying these higher quality photos but if you just need some to spice up your content then no need to use this service as you can just download free stock photos from Stock Xchng.

Great site - they offer the best of both worlds.

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    • taylorblue profile image

      taylorblue 9 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much for this hub...I love Stock Exchange too! They have that great search feature....Amazing list...thanks again.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      This is great information. Thanks so much for this Hub!

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      edc redstuff 9 years ago

      interesting topic! loved this site...

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      LisaG 9 years ago from Caribbean

      This is wonderful!. I've been looking for pictures to add to my hubs to make them more interesting. I must say thank you kpfingaz for becoming my fan without which I would not have found this information.

      God Bless You!

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      teeray 9 years ago from Canada

      Excellent info - thanks so much for writing this hub and letting us know about stock photos

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Thanks, I haven't heard of some of these. Thumbs up!

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      kpfingaz 9 years ago from ~~~

      Thanks.. glad I could help.

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      manish 9 years ago

      i like photography

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      9 years ago

      great! stock photo works

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Great information. I've been reluctant to use these "free" photo sites until now, but I'll begin searching these sites for good pictures. I'm still trying to find my way around the computer world. Thanks.

    • C.M. Vanderlinden profile image

      C.M. Vanderlinden 9 years ago from Metro Detroit

      Great hub! I love Stock Xchng---use it all the time :-) I'm not familiiar with some of the others. I'll have to check them out.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      Thanks for the information. It is very useful.

    • Rudra profile image

      Rudra 9 years ago

      This is a great list. I have been looking for sites like these. Thanks

    • Caregiver-007 profile image

      Margaret Hampton 9 years ago from Florida

      Thank you. I needed more variety and perhaps better sources for photos. Very helpful!

    • jimmyrich profile image

      jimmyrich 9 years ago

      Another great Resource,

      THANKYOU!

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thats great thanks for th help

    • goldendragon profile image

      goldendragon 8 years ago from USA

      Good information. I have been using other sites so far. I can add some of these sites to my collection.

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      kpfingaz 8 years ago from ~~~

      Thanks. Maybe you can suggest those sites and I'll add them.

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      bellepeppers 8 years ago

      I'd like to suggest another free stock photo site:

      http://pixblix.com

      It offers totally free photos and backgrounds for commercial and personal use

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      Ida-May 8 years ago from Yorkshire

      Perfect! Just what I was looking for. Thank you

    • overnight profile image

      overnight 8 years ago from India

      Thank you very much for telling us about it. The problem is that most of us do not know any more site other than corbis regarding photos. But this is an ideal hub to share information about free photos sites.

      Please keep posting more.

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      John 7 years ago

      I also found good quality free images at www.sunipix.com

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      Ringo 7 years ago

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

      http://freephotos.000space.com

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      shanekruger 7 years ago

      Thanks, I found this hub and some comments useful.

      Thank you

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks very much!

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      gabyfotoart 7 years ago

      Thanks. One more fre photos site for your list:

      http://www.freephotocollection.com

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      jareso 6 years ago

      I would suggest also database of stock images: http://www.StockPhotos.it

      This database contains tons of free images, vectors and illustrations. Commercial images are included as well.

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      pbi2010 6 years ago from Arkansas

      thank you for suggesting this site!

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      kakawett 6 years ago

      Don't forget RGBStock, StockVault etc...

      As described here: https://hubpages.com/technology/How-to-find-great-...

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      Rahul 5 years ago

      I have just created a post on how to find free stock images online. I would like your opinion on that

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      bluumilk 5 years ago

      http://rgbstock.com is great, they have over 60,000 free photos now. You can also grab a few free photos from http://stockfresh.com

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      Lela Bryan 5 years ago from Alameda, CA

      This was very helpful thank you

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        Fotolia 9 years ago

        I love photography

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        thelatin10 8 years ago

        Great article, thanks for sharing...!

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        Husac 8 years ago

        Hi!

        You can use my photos for free at http://freeartisticphotos.com - all of them are taken by me and made Public Domain ; hope you enjoy them!

        Cheers, Husac!

        I hope that you found it interesting!

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        Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

        Great hub, I am looking for a new source for images and really appreciate the information. Many of the pix I use are my own, some from the stock exchange.

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        Deep Blue 7 years ago

        At last! I can stop my search, thank you. I have been searching for free photos for ever and never seem to find the right sight. Very helpful info.

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        cre8td2cr8 7 years ago from uk

        Good information, thanks for your hub :)

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        shane_75 6 years ago from Murrieta, Ca

        Good to know. Thank you for writing this.

        Shane

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