Apr 23

Our Top 3 Websites for Free Stock Photo and Video

Looking for a quality stock image or video clip to use in your social media post? There are several paid options, such as Shutterstock and iStock, but free sites with high-resolution photos and videos are becoming more readily available. In this post, we’ll take a look at three of our favorites.

1. Pexels

We were surprised by both the quality and quantity of photos available on this website. Need a certain color image? Pexels features a color filter so you can sort based on what colors appear in the image. Video clips can also be downloaded from Pexels, but the options are somewhat limited currently. According to the Pexels website, all photos and videos published are free for personal and commercial purposes. 

  • Excellent quality images
  • Filter by color
  • Limited video options

2. Unsplash

The images curated here seem to have more of a dark, moody vibe in comparison to Pexels brighter-toned aesthetic. Depending on the look your brand is going for, Unsplash offers several high-quality images. You can use the search function or choose from any of the pre-selected categories along the top menu bar. 

  • High quality images
  • Enhanced category and collection search function
  • Aesthetic might not be suitable for your brand

3. Pixabay

Pixabay is laid out similarly to Pexels, but it features more illustrations and vector graphics for use in your projects. The quality of images on this site is varied, and the aesthetic is scattered compared to Pexels and Unsplash. However, the search function and filters appear to be more robust than the other websites so you might be able to find a suitable image more quickly. 

  • Features illustrations and vector images
  • Enhanced search function - easier to find images
  • Varied quality and aesthetic

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