How to Get Great Photography That Doesn't Look Like Stock

February 24, 2015

Okay, we have a confession to make: not all of the photography on our blogs are created by us. What? This is madness! Before you go out rioting on the street, let us explain. Having eye-popping, unique visuals can truly make or break posts regardless of the content. Lucky for us, there are a handful of great websites that want to put in the hard work for us. The following are some of the websites that make us look cool.

Death to the Stock Photo

With a name like this one, you know that Death to the Stock Photo does not like bland. By signing up for their email list, you can get a group of personal and commercial photos for use every month.


For those of you that don’t know, the word “gratis” means free. So to no surprise, Gratisography is dedicated to providing free high-resolution images to users every week. All photography is produced by Ryan McGuire, who has a unique mix of funny and serious still images.


Magdeleine is another site with a selection of images grouped to make them easy to find. You can search by subject, mood, or color, so if you have an idea of what you need, this is a great place to start.


Created by Hidden Depth, Picography is another website that allows you to subscribe for monthly emails of different photos. The website has a large variety of photos including scenery, graffiti, and animals.


With over 320,000 pictures available for download, Pixabay is great for finding something specific that you’re looking for. While this website provides a huge variety of photos, it particularly has a great selection of non-stale business photos.


Raumrot consists of a free, handpicked selection of photos from different photographers. This website is easy to use because it allows you to choose whichever category you’re looking for, whether its some scrumptious food or a breathtaking landscape.


Unsplash includes “free (do whatever you want) high resolution photos.” Every 10 days, the blog is updated with a group of new photos that you can either check out on the website or sent directly to your email through their subscription.

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