For me, photographs have always been a barrier to graphic design. Either I don’t have pictures of the content I want, or the quality is subpar… and even though I’ve started learning how to take professional quality photos, I still have a long way to go before I can remotely consider myself a photographer.
Maybe you’re in the same boat. Maybe you’ve acquired a DSLR camera, and maybe you’ve started learning the ropes of photography, but you want to learn other aspects of graphic design simultaneously.
Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful and FREE stock photos out there, you just have to know where to look.
Unsplash publishes 10 gorgeous stock photos every 10 days, and they are all absolutely free. The photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero, which means you can copy/modify/distribute the work, even for commercial purposes, and not have to ask for permission. How cool is that!
Picjumbo is the entrepreneurial project of photographer Viktor Hanacek. Viktor started releasing his photographs for free, one per day, to get his name out there. The site was so successful it ended up launching his career! So thank you Viktor, and please keep the photos coming.
New Old Stock
New Old Stock provides vintage photos from public archives. All photos are available for personal and non-commercial use. To see if you can use a photo for commercial purposes, check the institution’s rights statement through the link to the original Flickr posting.