August 2, 2010, Posted by Kevin Mullett in marketing tools, photography

my 49 STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY sites mega list

The following are sites I have accumulated for stock photography over the years. Google Images and many others are intentionally left out as I am only interested in ones with a high volume of royalty free or creative commons rights. I never use rights managed imagery in mockups / comps unless specifically requested by the client. And yes, this has ballooned way past 49 stock photography sites. Enjoy! (all open in a new window, oh and the image in the header is one I shot, so don’t bother looking for it.)

Please check here if you are looking for sites that search stock photography sites and creative commons photography locations.

Inexpensive but generally good quality:

Expensive professional stock photography sites:

Find paid and freebie stock photography:

(Note: please check usage and rights carefully!)

Specialty providers:

Search and Stock tools:

I split the stock photography search tools into a separate post. See this post if in search of stock photography search tools! And remember just because you find an image does not mean you have rights to use it! Always confirm usage rights.

I hope this list has helped you on your design project, blog post, or slides. If you have found any that don’t work or are not relivant anymore please let me know. You can follow my shenanigans on twitter or see my photography on flickr.

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  • Linda Sherman

    It was delightful to find you through #blogchat Tweet Chat last night. Thank you for this is useful list of sites. I was curious how you handle your own photography – that may be sold as art or stock photo imagery. I have seen the use of watermarks by some. I see you use flickr. Do you use any other site to display your photography and do you feel confident your work is protected? Even though you don’t provide download “in original size” download in large size is certainly sufficient for web use. @everywheretrip told me at BlogWorld09 that he uses SmugMug and feels his vast collection of photos is safe there.

  • Kevin Mullett

    Thanks for the comment Linda. I have used tineye to check for unauthorized use before, reviewed various places to sell the images I create, and marked some with Creative Commons. To be honest I just have not had the time to formulate a game plan for selling my personal images although it is something I hope to do in the future. I’ll do another post about how I totally botched submissions to iStock because I didn’t really pay attention another day.

  • Marianne

    You’ve definitely got most of the top agencies listed but there are a few really good ones missing which you can find reviews of at Also, we list all their current offers, promotions, discounts and freebies and you can post comments about individual agencies if you’ve got something to say!

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  • http://WebsiteURL Angelina

    Thanks for compiling such a great resources! Can I suggest I’ve used their images for some of my design projects and their price is affordable after comparing with others.

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  • James Cooper

    This is huge man! I guess no one will need to go anywhere else now after seeing this collection of stock photography sites. I would recommend this post to all.Thank you :)