The New And Improved Stock Photo: Free Photography 101

When visually striking and relevant to your message, compelling photography can capture attention, provide context or create intrigue. And good news: you don’t have to be reliant on an interweb’s search results, most of which scream “stock photo!”

Here are a few sources of beautiful, high-quality photos that’s don’t require attribution, credit or payment for your use in digital or print materials (like your Makr projects!).

Check them out, then get started with one of our new photo-centric postcard templates!

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UnsplashFeaturing gorgeous neutral imagery like nature scenes, cityscapes and more, Unsplash releases 10 new gorgeous every week. All Unsplash images are free and high-resolution, ideal for printed pieces. (You may recognize some Unsplash photos from Makr templates; the site is one of our first go-to’s!)

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Raumrot: Chock-full of Pinterest-worthy images, Raumrot boasts an awesome curation of free, hand-picked photos for commercial and personal projects. Look here for gorgeous food shots and detailed imagery. On the hunt for something specific? You can peruse Raumrot’s photo library by category.

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Gratisography: For a more eclectic image selection, turn to Gratisography, one of more more recent discoveries in the free-photo-sources world. Captured by Ryan McGuire, all the sites pictures (from hoodied-French bulldogs to twinkly-lit ostriches) are high-resolution and free of copyright restrictions. New photos added weekly!

Now say a forever-goodbye to the awful stock image, go forth and get your photo-hunting on. Happy making!