Today, I’ve got a guest post along the vein of a previous post: Awesome Resources for Creative Writing: Stock Photography Sites. Someone contacted me with a list of stock photography sites they recommended, and I had to share them with you.

Our guest author, Jacky Chou, has gone over some of the lesser-known stock photography sites and shares his opinion on each:

1. EyeEm

In my experienced opinion, EyeEm is the ultimate stock photography resource for most content creators. I have used a lot, and done a lot of research, and no other site even manages to come close to the effectiveness of EyeEm, in my system of value, anyway. I love looking at the high-resolution, carefully curated, creative images that end up on this site.

2. Gratisography

Gratisography stands alone in second place on my list. It is very good. Not quite the best, but definitely separates itself from the pack in many ways. Why? Well, first of all, the photos themselves are very good. Mostly, I appreciate the way that categories are established and organized. There are straightforward, literal search categories like “People”, but also more evocative ones such as “Whimsical.” Personally, this suits me well.  More photos are always being added, and, as of now, this is already one of the best collections on the web.

3. MMT

Here is the first “niche” site to end up on this list, and one of the only ones. Generally, I judge niche sites quite harshly for their lack of versatility, but MMT manages to do it wisely and well. They seem to focus on two very distinct, different categories of image. Flowers and Nature, and Offices. If you think about it, these two general themes can be used for a wide variety of content. I mean, “office” doesn’t exactly scream “variety” but the amount of content writing that relates to workplace culture is quite significant. Flowers and Nature, on the other hand, has to be one of the most versatile thematic choices somebody can make. MMT aces both of these categories, which gives them an oddly broad appeal. The images themselves are incredibly well selected.

4. StockSnap.io

StockSnap is a great site. Great in quality, but also, great in sheer size. The quantity is substantial here, and leaves nothing to be desired. Even though higher quantity generally means less consistency in regards to high-quality, this website manages the balance quite admirably. In fact, I didn’t notice more “bad” photos here than most other sites, which is impressive, based on the amount that they are constantly adding; and the additions happen on a daily basis.

5. Unsplash

With every 10 days that pass, Unsplash adds another 10 photos to their impressive collection. No, it isn’t as substantial as a collection in size as many others, but the quality is hard to parallel. I really like this website and its impressive collection of images, and find myself on Unsplash on a fairly regular basis, admiring their new additions.

6. Negative Space

Negative Space does all the little things right, and takes care of business in a way that is quite admirable. The images are high-res, clearly chosen with care, and, best of all, completely free of charge. The organization also earns some bonus marks, as searching within the 14 distinct categories makes for user-friendly browsing.

7. Freestocks.org

Freestocks.org is an underrated source of high-quality images. It is not particularly exceptional, but, as the name suggests, it is a quality site for free stock photographs. That’s what you’re looking for, isn’t it?

8. Picography

I enjoy the time I spend on Picography. Dave Meier created this site, and is the main contributor, but he has also put together a team of skilled, creative photographers and photo contributors. I highly recommend Picography if you’re looking for high-quality photos for free.

9. Death to Stock

Death to Stock is pretty odd, but it is also quite cool. Death to Stock runs itself as a service. Rather than skimming through a mass catalogue, Death to Stock sends 10 groovy new images to your email inbox on a monthly basis. Based on the name of the site, one could safely assume that Death to Stock is trying to change the game and subvert typical Stock Photography practices… However, as well as their neat photo packs, they offer a premium package that lets you dive into their entire 1500+ catalogue for a small fee. Based on what I’ve seen of their work, I would assume that this is a worthwhile purchase, if you’re willing to pay.

10. Picjumbo

There is nothing wrong with Picjumbo. The photos are good. It is categorized in an efficient, user-friendly way. I use it every now and then and never have a single complaint.

11. New Old Stock

This is an example of a “limited” niche, but I still think it is worth recommending due to the integrity and quality of the images. New Old Stock specializes in old-school, vintage images that give a very Americana, classic vibe. If you’re not into that, look elsewhere. If your content can benefit from that feeling, then head there right away and take it in. I really like these images and it’s a good site.

12. Getrefe

I’m not typically one for gimmicks, but the image collection on Getrefe is impressive even without knowing its major quirk. What’s the quirk? Every image hosted by Getrefe has actually been taken by the camera on a mobile phone.

13. Kaboom Pics

Rounding out my list of 13– last, but just ever so slightly “least” in such elite company: Kaboom Pics. I often use this site, and have no complaints! Great images, solid interface. I have used a few images from here, and I am sure I’ll be returning!

About the Author

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Jacky Chou is a digital marketing consultant, founder of Indexsy and Reputations.io, and he is pretty good with a stapler.