The game of stock photography is really changing. More and more, professional photographers are using royalty-free stock photos to build portfolios and gain traffic for their own businesses. This is great for small business owners who don’t have the option for custom photography just yet. Or, if you’re planning ahead and need a boost to your content stockpile, royalty free photography and a little love in Photoshop will carry you a long way. Here are some of our favorite resources for royalty free stock photos.

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Unsplash

Excels in: Huge selection of subjects, always new content.  Hip and artistic photography, interiors, cool work spaces & business, people, food

Unsplash has the best selection, the easiest interface and a really intuitive search. While you can go ahead and download without signing up, I really recommend you do. They allow you to build and save your own collections as well as search other collections. The user engagement on here keeps the fresh content rolling in.

 


Kaboom Pics

Excels in: Clear, crisp photos; corporate, entrepreneurs, technology, workspaces

These guys got an upgrade and are my go-to when I need a classy office shot. Use single words in the search for best results.

 


Pexels

Excels in: Conceptual photography, macros, landscapes, corporate and entrepreneurs, people

I usually turn to Pexels when I’ve exhausted Unsplash and Kaboompics. I always find something that’s usable

 


Start Up Stock Photo

Excels in: Entrepreneurs, startups, working and workspace photos

Great resource for startups, small tech companies and freelance blogs.

 


PremiumCreative Market

Excels in: Photo sets, desk shots, people, business, wide selection

Creative Market allows you to select your price range and has an intuitive search. Most of the contributors are professional photographers and designers, guaranteeing you a quality in image or image packs you purchase.


Death to the Stock Photo

Excels in: Artistic, adventure, landscape, photo sets, video clips

This is a subscription service. It gives and gives, if you’re looking for original photography that’s not widely used around the internet. While the selection of subject matter is limited, they do have a lot of sets, and the photographers are original and creative in their concepts. Worth the $15/mo, especially if you run a creative or lifestyle blog.