A List Of Websites For Free Startup Stock Photos
A decent photo around the web can cost you anywhere from 50-200$ per use for your startup. That can be a huge problem if your startup is on a bootstrap budget. Luckily, there are a lot of free stock photos out there that your startup can use. It is always best to take your own high quality photos for promotion and commercial purposes, but these sites can be a major help for the early on stages of your startup.
Hubspot isn’t just a top notch marketing/software company. Their site provides a lot of in depth marketing guides as well as freebies for the folks in the startup community. Instead of just providing 1,2, or 3 photos for free and charging you for the rest, Hubspot gives you 75 free stock photos free of charge.
The downside is that you have to fill out a form to tell them about your business and some personal information. These aren’t the most professional or targeted photos, but they work great for someone on a budget.
Get the free photos here: http://offers.hubspot.com/free-stock-photos-business
Unsplash is a wonderful place that I discovered recently for high quality photos. This site has every type of photo from nature to fashion to life in general. The photos are extremely well taken and most of the photos include a quite unique mood to it. The site is maintained by a few professional photographers. Unsplash releases 10 new photos every 10 days. The best thing is that all these photos are free of charge and according to their site you can use the stock photos for anything you like!
3. Font Awesome
When your building your product it might be difficult and extremely time consuming to create icons for different interfaces. Later on, when you get a designer on board, you can have the designer take care of your designs and photography, but for now we will need something that looks good to get things going. Font awesome is the place to go for any icon or graphic you need for your website or app. Font Awesome gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS. Next time instead of hiring a contractor or freelancers to design your small icons, use Font Awesome.
4. Getty Images
Getty Image use to be one of those paid solutions until last month , Getty images announced that it will start allowing users to use their huge bulk collection of photos all for free. This is extremely useful for startups that need to blog. You can search for a whole range of photos on their site and you can also use their embed feature to embed the photos to your website all for free. We have no clue how long this will last, so get em’ quick!
ShutterStock is another amazing place to get royalty free stock photos. Most of the top tech blogs out there frequent shutterstock for free startup stock photos. ShutterStock has over 35,000 royalty free stock photos available for you to choose from. These photos range from Wildlife, food, art, you name it they got it. You could use their photo for free anyway you like except for the fact that you do not own the photos. According to their rules, you can edit the file however you like and even use it for-hire but you may not claim that it is your own personal work.
Similar to Unsplash, Littlevisuals provide you with a bunch of high quality photos that you can use for free. The site also has an emailing list that allows you to sign up for 7 free photos every week. From the site itself, it is unclear who is the main photographer, but the entire layout looks extremely similar to the one from Unsplash.
Picjumbo is another royalty free stock photo site. This site has over 200,000 free stock photos for you to choose from. You could use them for both commercial and personal use. The site was created by a photographer and web designer named Viktor, who noticed that entrepreneurs were having a hard time locating free stock photos. He created the site to offer extremely high quality stock photos for free.