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Our Top 10 Free Stock Photography Sites

Digital Department

Start your design with a great image

Amazing photography is a delight to work with, but can also add enormously to your brand personality and identity.

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In nearly every website design project we start, our team’s first priority is to source a couple of great images to work with. This helps to set the tone of the project and makes it easier to communicate to the client the visual style we have in mind for their project.

Generally, there isn’t even a logo on the canvas yet, purely playing with the layout and graphical assets that work really well with a couple of selected images. Much of the colour and visual information of the design can be extracted from aesthetic imagery to create a consistent style.

Free stock photography – our top 10

Every good designer needs a great source of photography to use in their designs. Photography for us is a big part of design, so having a place to download and use free high-quality stock images can be an amazing help!

There are plenty of paid stock websites and services which are useful for fulfilling project needs, but if you after something a little more unique and are working on a tight budget, these free stock photo websites will be perfect for you!

1. Unsplash

Unsplash is a collection of user submitted, super hipster, high-quality stock photos you can download for free. A huge favourite of That Marketing Company, our team use regularly (daily even)!

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2. Pic Jumbo

Pic Jumbo comes from well-renowned designer and photographer, Viktor Hanacek.  Viktor is a web designer and online entrepreneur who offers his own photos in full quality (mostly 3888 px in wide) for free.

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3. Death To The Stock Photo

Death To The Stock Photo is a collection of free, high-resolution, lifestyle photography that can be sent to you monthly, for any digital purpose you require. We recommend this source be used for your blog, social channels, mockups or even to hang on your wall if you’re so inclined.

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4. Gratisography

Created and run by Bells Design – Gratisography is a free, high-resolution photography website you can use on personal or commercial projects. A great new addition to the list if you’re looking for out-there and unique imagery.

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5. New Old Stock

This is one of our favourite sources of photography due to the unique and bold offerings that consistently amaze our team at T.M.C. ‘New Old Stock’ is exactly what the name suggests, being a collection of free, old-themed, stock photos. Absolute magic!

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6. Public Domain Pictures

A great collection of public domain free stock photography from a list of sites you probably already use. A great collection of photos of all styles and themes if you are only wanting to visit one place! Take a look at what they have to offer here.

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7. Startup Stock

Another wide-variety source of stock photos that are a perfect blend of simplicity and boldness. Take a look at their website.

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8. SplitShire

A great collection of high-quality, public domain, stock photography from numerous websites! Amazing quantity of photos for commercial use, with a seamlessly endless number of categories to choose from.

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9. Shutteroo

Shutteroo showcases great Australian imagery for free download, specialising in showcasing authentic Australian nature and culture. Go the Aussies!

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10. Foodshot

Foodshot is a haven for all upcoming and existing foodies. Specialising in creating amazing photos out of nothing and capturing delicious cuisines, this website could be perfect for your next project.

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