Stock Image sites
Pexels – Pexels is a platform for high quality stock photos. They have the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. (There are restrictions for Peoples on the Photos!)
Pixabay – more than 770.000 free photographs and illustrations for you to use under the CC0 license.
Stocksnap – Hundreds of high resolution Photos licensed under the CC0 license
Morguefile – Morguefile is a free photo archive with over 350.000 stock photos “for creatives, by creatives.” Founded by Michael Connors in the early Internet days of 1996, the site was created to serve as a free image exchange for creative professionals and teachers to use in their work.
Flickr creative commons – NOTE: not all pictures on Flickr are free for you to use as reference photos. be sure to use the search tool that enables you to find those photos labeled with the Creative Commons Derivatives License !
WetCanvas – Reference image library with more than 80.000 pictures from Artists for Artists.
Freeimages – Over 389.000 free photos and illustrations to use (read the license agreement!)
Nappy – Featuring people of color
FancyCrave – People are tired of cheesy stock photos. Instead they want images that are authentic, emotionally driven, and tell a story.This is where Fancycrave comes in. FancyCrave is a free stock photo site created by designer & photographer Igor Ovsyannykov.
Minimography – Minimalistic Photography at its sweetest ♥
Magdeleine – NOTE: not all pictures on the site are under the CC0 license. I linked to the ones that are!
New Old Stock – Vintage photos from the public archives
Photobash – Royalty free high resolution Pictures. (Their first 100 photos are always free! Larger packs increase 1$ per 50, 75 or 100 photos depending on the pack size. The bigger the pack, the cheaper the price per photo. Photo prices are averaged at 0,05$ per photo!)
Gratisography – Some really crazy shots. Not the typical Reference Pictures, but why not try something different and stand out?
FoodShot – gorgeous high resolution food photography licensed unter the CC Zero license.
SAA – SAA free reference photographs
Bossfight – high resolution Photos licensed under the CC Zero license.
Wildlifereferencephotos – here you have 2 Options: download a picture for 5$ or purchase a subscription package which allows you to download 5 Photos for 10$ (within 30days of purchase)
African Reference Pictures – 3100+ Photos and counting. a 20 Photo package costs 10$ (pictures must me downloaded within 30 days of purchase)
Photos for Artists Facebook Group – You have to be member of the closed Facebook group to use the reference photos. Right now they have 14.500 members
Free Artists Reference Photo – Facebook Group – A Facebook group with 4100 members, offering free reference photos for their members.
Reference Photo – Facebook Group – A Facebook group with 7100 members.
Wendy’s Reference Photos for Creatives – A Facebook group with 2100 members. Wendy shares her Photography for the members to use in traditional artwork.
JasonMorgan – NOTE! He sais free on the site and the link, but you pay approx. 15$ for 100 Pictures. and NO you can’t see what pictures are on the CD in advance!
Paint my Photo – Note: not as user friendly as the other sides I linked to. I know that many of you use Paint my Photo, that’s why I added it