De beste gratis stockfoto's voor jouw webshop, blog of social media

The best free stock photos for your webshop, blog or social media

Lately I've been getting a lot of questions about where you can legally* (!) get beautiful footage for little (or nothing?!). For example, you need visual material for your webshop, website, blog post or social media (which of course matches your branding). Think for example of your Instagram feed, if you want to post an average of 3 -5 photos per day then it is sometimes useful to use stock photography.

*no images taken from Google, Pinterest or any other website...

First of all, I always recommend original visual material. There is nothing more beautiful than unique visual material that matches your branding. But… if your budget is (temporarily) not very large, fortunately there are other additional solutions.

Photographing yourself

Photographing (your products) yourself is a good idea if you have the feeling, time and equipment for it. You could make a combination by hiring a photographer for your look book and photographing your products yourself for the product pages.

Supplier

If you buy (a lot of) your products from a supplier, there is a good chance that your supplier has good visual material and can supply it to you. Think of atmospheric image, free-standing image on white and in high resolution, which you may even be able to use for printed matter.

What is stock photography/video?

A stock photo is a photo that a photographer sells through a stock image bank. NB! The photo is not exclusive and can be bought and used by almost anyone. If you buy a stock photo, you can use it under certain conditions. These depend on the use and differ per image bank. Major image banks (including video) include:
Shutterstock
iStock
Gettyimages

Free Stock Photography

In addition to paid 'stock', there is also free stock photography, so it's free. Below you will find a list of pages full. If you look carefully, you will find real gems that you can use for your website, webshop, blog post or for casual social media. Especially with the latter, 'the struggle is real', I know. It is difficult to find a good image time and again that is not always about your product, but that does match your branding. So here's a nice list. Have fun!

NB!

It's always good to double check to ensure what the licenses are for each photo. Namely, a license for commercial use may be required, while other image is completely free and free to use. 'CC0' is the term used when an image is copyright free. Then no source reference is necessary.

cock wizard
- freshly found on the web
- 100,000 free and free to use images
- including 20,000 exclusive Piwizard images
- many people and new image

Unsplash
- high resolution
- 10 new photos every 10 days
- royalty free

Magdeleine
- easy navigation system
- nice pictures with good contrast
- sort by color and category

Pexels
- 5 new photos every day
- super large collection of artistic photos
- many different topics

burst
- free for commercial use
- beautiful material for different industries
- easy navigation and search function

PicJumbo
- 'totally free' according to their own words
- a lot of topics
- easy search function

Pixabay
- completely copyright free
- more than 1 million images
- in addition to photos also illustrations and video

Freeography
- pretty crazy
- free photos for commercial use
- new photos every week

Picography
- beautiful lifestyle photos
- easy navigation system
- for personal and commercial use

ISO republic
- large community of photographers
- easy to sort
- perfect images for blogs and webshops

stick pic
- 10 new photos every 2 weeks
- super beautiful lifestyle photos
- extremely easy navigation

foodiesfeed
- beautiful food photography
- extremely high resolution
- hipster food :-)

Rijksstudio
- royalty-free images of the ... Rijksmuseum!
- Vermeer, Rembrandt, Karel Appel you name it
- very conveniently categorized

Find more of these helpful free stock sites in Charlotte's Law's blog post " 10 Best Resources for Free and Royalty-Free Photos " and this is her handy " Free Photos and Images Directory ."

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