Organising, shooting, and editing your photos for Instagram can be super time and energy-consuming. Luckily there are quite a few creative and diverse stock photography websites available to make planning your feed a breeze. 

Stock photos are images that are available for use, royalty-free, on your site or on your social media. That means you can use them without needing to credit anybody.

They’re great to use when you don’t have time to shoot photos, need fresh content or maybe just some inspiration. They’re also a great option when you’re just getting started with your creative business!

I’ve done some digging for you and put together my top 5 Favourite Sites for Stock Photos!

1) Unsplash

Unsplash is an essential free stock image website for every online creator. 

It’s one of the top go-to sites for stock photos and has a large selection of images for a wide variety of industries. And the best part is, it’s totally free!

Something I particularly love about Unsplash is how they clearly label each artist and you can browse each individual artist’s uploads if you like their style or photography collection. 

They also feature new and trending content on their homepage so you can discover great imagery easily!

2) Nappy

Nappy is a stock photo website that provides inclusive and diverse stock photos. Their mission: “To provide beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people to startups, brands, agencies, and everyone else.”

Not only are all their photos licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence, (which means you can use the photos for anything), but they also encourage usage!

It says on their site that “the more you use [their images], the more we’re helping improve the representation of black and brown people in media”.

To top it all off, the whole site is free. 

3) Stocksy

Stocksy has some of the best royalty-free photo content around. They have great search functionality and make it super simple to find the content you need based on a variety of search options. 

You can look for images based on your brand’s (or client’s) colour palette or drop an image into their search bar (similar to Google Images). 

All artists selling their photos on Stocksy are rigorously vetted, therefore ensuring that all photos on the site are of high quality. 

Images are available to download for free but there are also options to purchase photos in case you need a licensed version. 

4) Burst.shopify

Burst is a free stock photo resource created by Shopify, offering high-res photos for their community of online store creators (but anyone can use them!). 

The images have been created with blogs and websites in mind so they’re really geared towards that type of content. 

Burst categorises its photos by industry and theme style which makes the site super user-friendly. 

All their images are also offered under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence which allows you to use them for any purpose. 

5) Death to Stock

Created by artists, for artists, Death to Stock is a great choice for unique photos while also supporting the artist community. 

In their own words, “DTS has dedicated its focus to the creator economy” and they offer “a beautiful, premium stock media library that helps you build your own unique digital brand”. 

Each month they load new media onto the site to keep the content fresh and the creativity flowing. Images on the website are extremely unique and practically guaranteed not to be found anywhere else. 

For only $15 a month, you have unlimited downloads and the opportunity to get involved by voting on visuals from artists around the world. 

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5 Best Stock Photography Websites for Creative Business Owners

October 30, 2022