Top 75 "Free" Photo sites and Top 45 Photo Stock sites

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Ever wondered , while browsing people's blogs, where they are getting their images from? Look no further for we've amassed a giant list of these kinds of sites. Browsing people's blogs this morning got me to the realization that most are using google images. For those of you who are just taking images from the net you must know about copyright laws. But that's another post. For now i'd rather you use the following sites to get images which are truly free* without concern. stay tuned for another day! Here now are those sites in no particular order. 

top75freephotostocksites.jpg picture by vkdesigns

Top 75 Free Photo sites

  1. Stockcache
  2. Bigfoto 
  3. ilovefreephoto
  4. Cromavista
  5. Yotophoto
  6. Pixelperfectdigital
  7. Stockvault
  8. Burning Well
  9. Unprofound
  10. Diewie Design
  11. Pix
  12. Woophy
  13. Freshpics ARRAIN.jpg picture by vkdesigns         
  14. Microshots
  15. Ancestryimages 
  16. Aaron Free photos
  17. Creativity103
  18. Rutmane 
  20. Gimp-savvy
  22. Photobucket
  23. Diwiedesign
  24. yotophoto (down?
  26. Image Temple
  27. Kavewall
  28. OneOdDude
  29. Open Stock Photography
  30. font play
  31. Stockcache
  32. Geek Philosopher
  33. Free pixels
  34. Imageafter
  35. Designpacks
  37. DHD Multimedia
  38. Vintage Pixels
  39. Cepolina
  40. Clipmarks
  41. From old books
  42. Four Bees
  44. AMG Media Works
  45. Studio 25
  46. Free Media Goo
  47. Morgue File
  48. Twicepix
  49. Barry's free photos
  50. Public Domain photos
  51. Image blowout
  52. Creative Commons
  53. Amazing textures
  54. animation factory
  55. Tripalbum
  56. Texture Warehouse
  57. Tofz
  58. Lightmatter
  59. Photogen
  60. Vintage Pixels
  61. ZurbPhotos
  62. Graphicsarena
  63. PD Photo
  64. Amydgela
  65. DexHaus
  66. digital dreamer
  67. Visipix
  68. Artfavor
  69. BajStock
  71. NYPL Digital Gallery
  72. Pixelio
  73. Abstract Influence
  74. Image Orchid
  75. Photo Rack
The following stock sites are not 100% free, they require signing up and paying a small fee for low res pictures. There are exceptions, and those fall in an inbetween category but are not guaranteed to be totally free without copyright infringement issues. It's very important to read the fine text in the sites below. If using a stock photography site, we recommend using flickr. Conversely if looking for a larger option to share photos with others then Flickr + a creative commons license is the next best step.

Top 50 Free Stock Photo sites * 

  1. Stock.Xchang 
  2. Openphoto 
  3. Texture Warehouse
  4. Free Photo Bank 
  5. PicFindr 
  6. Kavewall  ARRAIN.jpg picture by vkdesigns
  7. Aboutpixel 
  8. visipix 
  9. ImageBase 
  10. Openstock
  11. Dreamstime
  12. Aarin Free Photo
  13. Graphic Arena
  14. Woophy 
  15. Fpnet
  16. Turbo Photo
  17. USDA
  18. Creating Online
  19. Photogen
  20. Pixel Perfect Digital
  21. Vintage Pixels 
  22. Pix
  23. Sweet Stock Photo
  24. Web Photo Smart
  25. Morguefile
  26. Unprofound
  27. Image*After 
  28. Bigfoto
  29. Unprofound 
  30. Studio.25
  31. Open Photo
  32. PD Photo
  33. burningwell
  34. Cepolina Photo
  35. fontplay
  36. Freefoto
  37. Stockvault
  38. Barry's free Photos
  39. Design Packs
  40. NOAA Photo Library
  41. Amazing Textures
  42. Amygdela's Atmosphere
  43. Freerange
  44. Free Digital Photos
  45. Everystockphoto
  46. Photocase
The following sites can be free when properly used.
Free Clipart/graphics/gifs (thanks in part to Brad)
Some may still find disclaimers pertaining to non-commercial only use notices. (very few) You can still use any of these pictures for blogging purposes on Active Rain. 

For Sally

Note: We decided to make this a top 75 list and move the clipart sites to a seperate post. So as we explained to linda below, this list which was originally comprised of many different types of free graphic sites( 100 of them, before an AR error erased my entire list and we forgot to save it) will now instead focus primarily on free photo download sites, otherwise known as a non-photographer's mecca.

We thought we should mention the differences in these sites as compared to sites such as You rarely have to pay truly free sites and when you do it's merely for high resolution images. These sites often ask for donations instead and rely on advertisements to stay afloat. Pictures are oftentimes at original resolutions (5-8megapixel camera or better) so you already get your money's worth.

Note to self: rank these in order of best to worst (this will take a year folks, don't hold your breath, it comes when we went through them all)

Final Update:  Thanks to all those who have taken the time to reference to this, we did it for you so take advantage of it.

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Comments (179)

Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Ahhhh welcome back! You've been missed!!! And what a comeback you guys make... this list is amazing and so helpful. I've bookmarked and will be back often!  You've made my day!

Jul 23, 2009 04:34 AM
Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

I am new to blogging and appreciate all the free advice..there is so much to learn! I have been studying other's posts and have quickly seen how a simple, appropriate picture speaks volumes. Thanks you so much for this list...I'll put it to good use!

Jul 28, 2009 12:49 AM
Bob & Bonnie Horning
Mount Joy, PA

Viktor? Where are you? Your gone and now you're back??? What's up brother?



Jul 28, 2009 04:19 AM
Lynn Pineda
eXp Realty - Boca Raton, FL
Real Estate Promises delivered in SE Florida
Wow! What an incredible list. Thank you for taking your time to share such great information.
Aug 02, 2009 02:37 PM
Bill Ladewig - Escondido, CA
Experience Is Your Advantage

In the words of Lynn: "WOW" this is great.  THANK YOU!!!!

Aug 06, 2009 07:26 AM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT

Castellum Realty,

This will be without a doubt my top bookmarked post that I will come back to many times in the future!   Thank you so much for sharing this valuable list with us and for all the efforts and energy you put into it.   Much appreciated!

Gerry's AR signature


Aug 17, 2009 07:36 AM
Maui Real Estate - Lisa B. Miller R(S)
Keller Williams Realty Maui - Kihei, HI

Just came across this and THANKS!  I was using a microsoft site, which was lacking relevant pics, so this list is GREAT!  Thanks for taking the time to compile it.

Sep 01, 2009 07:02 AM
Sandra Scott
DPR Realty - Payson, AZ
REALTOR of Choice! Payson, Pine & Strawberry, AZ

Thanks so much for your list.  I'm always struggeling to find appropriate photos....

Sep 07, 2009 03:11 AM
Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR
BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles - Sequim, WA

Waaay late to the party on this blog and wonderful contribution. Tonight I'm plowing into some of those sites for my next blog. Castellum Realty: Thank you all, thank you all!

Sep 11, 2009 07:13 PM
Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate
  1. ...And why, oh why is this fine blog not on our Optimist Group?
  2. We miss you!
  3. We love you!
  4. Please come back!!!
Oct 17, 2009 06:52 AM
Blatt + Cutino
Coldwell Banker Realty - Monterey, CA
Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today*

You are amazing! I have bookmarked your list and will be using it soon. Thanks so much again.

Nov 19, 2009 09:06 AM
Tracie Burlage
Rose and Womble Realty, Va Beach Oceanfront - Virginia Beach, VA
Va Beach Homes

Oh boy, LOVE the textures site!  Now how can I learn to use all these cool images?  Is there a section here on Active Rain that helps "computer dummies" with actually using this cool stuff?

Feb 04, 2010 01:14 PM
Larry Beck / Pixel Perfect Design - Downey, CA

Great post. thank you so much for sharing.

Feb 21, 2010 03:12 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Victor!  Just checking in to see how you're doing?!  Visit us periodically--we miss you!

Have a wonderful day...

Feb 26, 2010 03:53 AM
Patty Luther
RE/MAX Rock-n-Roll Realty - Lewiston, ID
Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington

thanks for the great information...I am looking forward to utilizing some of this!

Mar 04, 2010 08:13 PM
Scott Lewis
The Bald Man Group - Post Falls, ID

Thanks, a definite resource to remember as I like creating my own market pieces.

Mar 16, 2010 03:04 PM
Kate Pedersen
Metropolist - Seattle, WA
because life moves you

I am finding many sites are no longer free or require acknowledgment.  I went through a few of these ... and found -- love it!  Thanks!

Jul 14, 2010 12:50 PM
Kerry Lucasse
eXp Realty - Urban Nest Real Estate Group - Atlanta, GA
Your Urban Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant

This is a fantastic list -- thanks for taking the time to pull it together.  I'm going to start photo hunting today...

Jul 28, 2010 06:03 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Where are you these days?

Aug 05, 2010 04:45 PM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Someone just mentioned this blog on FB. Thanks for putting it together.

Jun 06, 2011 10:00 AM