14 Quality Stock Photo Sites That Are Completely Free

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14 Quality Stock Photo Sites That Are Completely Free

As entrepreneurs, being resourceful and cutting down costs are vital. If you’re a designer, blogger, or any other creative, you may not always have time to create original photos. At some point you have cut out randomly using google images for the sake of copyright infringement. So that leaves us with…the dreaded stock photo. Everyone hates them. They look cheesy, contrived, and definitely don’t help with engagement online.

 

Never fear. Thanks to Entrepreneur we’ve got 14 great stock photo sites with quality images that are completely free. Can’t beat that right? You can read the full article that includes more information on attribution and licenses here.

 

1. Unsplash

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Unsplash adds 10 new royalty-free photos every 10 days and they’re almost always of breathtakingly attractive beautiful landscapes. Just scroll down the home page to see foggy rivers, faraway mountain ranges or even battered signs in all their high-resolution glory.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? Yes

 

2. Superfamous

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Dutch artist Folkert Gorter and his graphic-design peers at SuperFamous curate this collection of incredibly high-resolution images, perfect for use in website design or as desktop backgrounds.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? Yes

 

3. Picjumbo

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Picjumbo is a personal favorite of mine due to its easy navigation and extremely high-resolution photos (with no attribution required). This site also happens to sport a great collection of food shots, so if you’re running a restaurant or nutrition-themed startup, you might find it worth your while to take a browse.

Searchable? Yes
Attribution required? No, for almost all images

 

4. Pixabay

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Pixabay is a web designer’s dream. Not only does this site offer an easy-to-use search feature, the images are absolutely brilliant. And most don’t require any attribution at all.

Searchable? Yes
Attribution required? No, for almost all images

 

5. IM Free

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IM Creator, which also offers an online website building tool, put together this small library of premium-quality free photos. Attribution is required but it’s well worth it: These pictures are of the same, if not better, quality as those of paid sites.

Searchable? Yes
Attribution required? Yes

 

6. Gratisography

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Gratisography‘s collection is, in a word, incredible. Built by the talented Ryan McGuire, an artist and web designer, this site features some of the most evocative images on the web and they requires no attribution whatsoever.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? No

 

7. MorgueFile

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One of the simplest sites on this list, MorgueFile has a streamlined layout and carefully curated list of photos. Its selection isn’t as large as that of some of the other sites on this list, but the photos included cover a wide range of topics. You can find images of everything from wildlife to antiques.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? No

Related: Getty’s New Mobile App is a Free Portal Into Millions of Shareable Photos 

 

8. FreeImages

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One of the most exhaustive directories of open-source images, FreeImages is my go-to resource when I’m working on new web projects. While most stock-photo sites focus on a small niche (usually landscape photography), FreeImages offers thousands of pictures from a diverse set of categories. Most important, it’s searchable, which is an incredible time-saver when you’re working on a project.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? Sometimes

 

9. Little Visuals

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LittleVisuals is a unique site, run according to more of small-scale, handpicked approach than most stock-photo sites. Sign up for its email list and you’ll receive seven high-resolution pictures via a zip file every week.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? No

 

10. New Old Stock

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New Old Stock is a collection of antique photos, many taken by government agencies or discovered in estate sales. You can scroll for hours without growing bored.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? No

 

11. Picography

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The simplest site on this list, Picography is a scroll-through gallery of random shots offered by a handful of professional photographers. You can’t search it but this site is perfect for designers looking for evocative photos.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? No

 

12. Getrefe

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If you need architectural or landscape photos fast, GetRefe is ideal. There are no frills, no categories on this site, just beautiful, natural images taken by a series of photographers traveling throughout Europe.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? No

 

13. Jay Mantri

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One of Southern California’s finest designers, Jay Mantri offers this eponymous collection, Jay Mantri, with free, inspiring photos that’s updated every Thursday.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? No

 

14. Public Domain Archive

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Eclectic vintage pictures join ubermodern scenes at Public Domain Archive, an expansive online collection of images, many with striking symmetry and muted colors.

Searchable? No
Attribution required? No

 

 

How A Normal Guy Made His First Million

I am a huge fan of public figure, Paul Carrick Brunson, mainly because he totally seems like he’d hang in a group of guys I’m friends with. He’s not famous, not on TV, and he doesn’t seem much different from me and you… except that he’s got a million in the bank. He recently posted an article entitled “10 Lessons I Learned While Making My First Million” and I had to share it with you. This is a normal person that has found success doing something he is passionate about. Read the full article below:

The last 6 years in business have been transformative for me – both personally and financially. I have never been more fulfilled and purpose-driven than I have been doing what I do. And, as a result of stepping out on faith (it took a huge leap of faith to leave what others thought was a secure lifestyle to delve into the unknown), I’ve learned some powerful lessons. This journey has taken me places that I’ve only dreamed of going, while accomplishing some key milestones along the way.

Folks always ask how I did “it.” Recognizing the importance of paying it forward and sharing what I’ve learned, I managed to synthesize an actionable list of the 10 lessons I learned while making my first $1 million.

 

1) Invest in personal development first (and consistently).

Before entering the matchmaking profession, I spent several years in self-development. I went back to school and obtained a graduate degree, participated in multiple coaching programs, became an intern (as a 30-year-old adult), attended numerous conferences and more.

I noticed that many of my peers stopped the “study” grind once they “made it.” But I’ve learned that sustained success is dependent upon the research of your craft, and is something that should never stop.

 

2) Stop chasing money and start chasing problems.

Successful entrepreneurs don’t create lasting legacy or make fortunes because they can come up with clever solutions. It’s because they become infatuated with problems.

In previous ventures, I always fixated on either making money or making cool products. When I became a matchmaker, I changed my focus to a problem that has kept me up at night for the last 6 years.

 

3) Never be dependent on one source of income.

Diversify from day one.

When I started matchmaking, I quickly realized matchmaking was cyclical (with summer months being the slow season), so I launched coaching services and launched flow dating events.

As my business has matured, I’ve created revenue streams outside of matchmaking (and the above listed).

 

4). Remove all middle-men.

I love affiliate programs, but know you’re never going to make a fortune peddling books that aren’t yours.

TV shows actually don’t make people money, but I know several people who do by developing their own videos and delivering them to their fans directly.

For me, it was traffic. I relied on Facebook and Twitter to drive sales, but those platforms squeezed us out.  Still, it helped me build a sizable email list that helped save my business.

You never want to find yourself relying solely on third party platforms to drive your business because the developers of those same platforms have the power to change how things are done. That’s why it’s important to do everything you can to remove the middleman.

 

5). There is no such thing as “get rich quick.”

Get rid of your “I’m going to be a millionaire by ___ (fill in desired age). Also, stop with the thoughts that your pyramid marketing participation is going to make you a billionaire. It’s simply not healthy.

For me personally, growing up I always said  I was going to make my first million by age 25, then moved it to 26, then to 27, then to 28, then to 29, then to 30 and it continued.

Wealth (not riches) should be what you’re after.I define wealth as a concept that goes beyond monetary attachment. For me, it’s all about living a healthy, fulfilled life and helping find solutions to the problems that keep me up at night.

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”― Epitectus. I couldn’t agree more.

 

6). All money ain’t good money.

Early on in my matchmaking career, I took on any client I could get. People who had no business in a professional matchmaking service, I still took them on. I did it because I needed the money.

Turns out those clients ended up needing greater amounts of my time (and on a per hour basis, I could have been paid more flipping burgers) and where the greatest liabilities.

Sometimes you have to do what you have to do, but be selective with who you’re making money from.

 

7). Get serious about analytics.

Someone once said, “What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get done.”

Once I was able to better identify where customers came from, how long the sales process was, and what messaging better resonated, I was able to dramatically increase conversion rates. For measurement of my efforts, I use Google, Facebook, and Twitter analytics.

 

8). Focus on one customer at a time.

My grandfather once told me, “you don’t have a real business unless you can sell a product to 10 people.”

Early in my matchmaking career, I focused on selling to those 10. In the process, I learned the importance of listening and adjusting. All great entrepreneurs made slight modifications to products and services along the way.

Listening and adjusting is imperative (that’s how I not only got to the 10 in the early days, but how I just surpassed 600 clients over 6 years). Each new customer should realize the value of your knowledge from your experience with all previous customers.

 

9). You can do it!!!

Of course, making $1 million isn’t everything, but to an entrepreneur, it’s a solid milestone. The key to achieving goals is first knowing that they’re possible. As the wise business strategist Napoleon Hill once stated, “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

 

10). Continue to strive for greater.

If you can make $1 million, making 10 of them thangs ain’t too outlandish of a goal :-).

Even after you achieve your goals in both business and life, there’s always growth when new challenges are identified and tackled. One never “arrives,” so it’s important to continue to set your goals – whatever they may be – higher and higher.

 

There’s really a variety of important factors that contribute to the achievement of this goal: stepping out on faith, proper positioning and planning, and training. And while money isn’t everything and is certainly not the key indicator of “success,” having tangible resources to work with while on the path to making your dreams come true is important  – and very encouraging. These lessons, paired with the practice of successful habits, will have you well on your way to accomplishing, and surpassing your own personal and business goals!

Why Buzzfeed Has Succeeded on Social Media

Buzzfeed has become a household name on the internet and is also one of my favorite brands at the moment. I recently read an article on Entrepreneur that broke down how they were able to create content that truly connects with people

 

The entire article was great but there were six questions Buzzfeed uses as criteria when creating content that I thought was amazing. Here is an excerpt from it below:

BuzzFeed has also expanded to extend the new way of content creation into other areas with BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, BuzzFeed News and BuzzFeed International. While the interests of the organization have become differentiated, they all still filter through the same criteria. According to Peretti, they ask six distinct questions of their content:

  1. “Does it spread internationally?”
  2. “Does it work across multiple platforms?”
  3. “Does it help people improve their actual lives?”
  4. “Does it actually change government institutions?”
  5. “Does it help make the world more open and media more diverse?”
  6. “Does it help people connect with each other?”

These may seem somewhat grandiose, but some BuzzFeed projects have achieved each of these goals.

You can read the full article here.

Sam Shepherd, better known by his moniker Floating Points, has offered a free stream a week in advance album, Eleania, a week before it’s November 6 release date. In celebration of the release, the UK multi-instrumentalist and producer will perform with an 11-piece orchestra at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 7, a day after its official release date.

 

Stream one of the jazz-infused title track “Silhouttes I,II,II” above and head over to NPR to stream the rest of the album.

Pharrell Williams — performer, songwriter, producer, designer and entrepreneur — sat down for a rare, in-depth, career retrospective discussion with Jason King, professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and host of NPR Music’s R&B channel “I”ll Take You There.” The conversation took place on Monday, Oct. 26 at New York City’s Town Hall.

King moderated a freewheeling and in-depth discussion on Pharrell’s legacy of creativity, blending music, fashion, design and his singular style, from his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach in the early ’90s through the hits that earned him Billboard’s Producer of the Decade in 2010 to his current status as multi-media superstar.

Album Stream: The Neighbourhood ‘WIPED OUT!’

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California indie band, The Neighbourhood, has finally released their long awaited album WIPED OUT! The band has been a fan favorite around here for a while so I’m sure they won’t disappoint. Stream it above.

The One Thing You Need to Do to Be Successful

I came across a great article on Medium on the “secret” to being successful at just about anything. Doing one thing well and laser focusing on that task will set you apart from most people. Here is the article by Todd Brison:

The Weird and Wonderful Characteristic Most People Don’t Have

“I don’t know, man, I’m just not seeing any traction.”

“How long have you been at it?”

“I’ve written a post every day for 3 weeks now!”

This conversation happens way too often.

Maybe you’ve even had it yourself. (I have)

Maybe you thought, like so many of us, that you deserve to be successful already.

Maybe you wonder what it really takes to be a successful creative person.

There’s one thing everybody needs, but few have. It’s a big key to running the marathon of life without wanting to stick your head in the oven:

Patience.

It doesn’t come easily to most (myself included) because we creative types were born to fly.

We were made to run, not walk.
We were meant to sprint, not wait.
We were created to blaze trails, not follow them.

But Life qualifies you. It does it every day. If you aren’t willing to keep writing for 6 months when nobody’s reading, are you really going to be willing to do it forever?

When I seriously started making a run at being an “online presence*” in 2015 (after 1 failed blog, 1 hardly successful one, and a failed business), I knew I couldn’t fall into the same trap I did before — trying to do everything at once.

Here’s a piece of advice I picked up somewhere. Hopefully it will help you as much as it did me:

Do ONE thing.

If you want to be a photographer, take one picture. One good picture. Then do that for two weeks.

After you’ve got that down, post one of your pictures. JUST one.

There are no “6 easy steps” to learning patience. I’m not even sure I can tell you how to do it. I can just give you my experience and let you learn from it.

My experience is this:

On January 12, 2015 ALL I DID was record one Monday Motivation for around 30 followers on Snapchat. Maybe 12 of them watched the whole thing. Then I did that for the rest of January.

In February of 2015 I started turning those into articles on Medium. I didn’t have a WordPress site, but still wanted to get my work out there.

I did this for several months, getting better at writing, cranking out Monday Motivation quicker each time. Turning each video into a written article a little faster.

I was doing TWO things. ONLY two things.

I wanted to build a site, but I didn’t.
I wanted to publish more, but I didn’t.
I wanted to do more, but I didn’t.

Four agonizing months later, when I started getting really comfortable with TWO things, I started writing another post a week.

Three things??! Slow down, Todd!

After another two months that felt like an eternity, I got my blog started and wrote two posts a week there and one original piece for Medium each week.

WOAH! FOUR THINGS.

And that’s still pretty much where I am. I do four things. Maybe I’ll do more one day, but I don’t know. Four things is a lot.


Something else strange happens when you are patient. A weird addendum that people don’t talk about much because it’s hard to explain. In fact, I’m guessing I’ll lose a lot of you at this point.

When you keep patient long enough, the world starts playing along.

It’s beautiful and wonderful and magical and I don’t get it. But it’s real. This weird cycle emerges.

Action builds momentum. Momentum builds respect. Respect leads to assistance. Assistance leads to inspiration. Inspiration sparks action.

Here are some things that have happened while I’ve been patient with four or less things(without much other effort on my part):

  • I’ve had 3 top-20 posts in the world on Medium (1 top-10).
  • I’ve grown my Snapchat following, connection with dozens of new people*.
  • This guy named Matt built me a website FOR FREE.
  • One of the editors for LinkedIn asked me to republish one of my pieces in their network.
  • A developer approached me about demo-ing his software (don’t tell him I’m not super successful and famous).
  • My salary at my “real job” grew by about $10K. (Turns out when I don’t feel guilty about my side-hustle, I do better at work too).
  • And I swear this just happened when I was editing this post — someone emailed me on behalf of the New York Observer, asking if they could use my content.

*+toddbr, in case you want to join the fun

The whole point of me telling you any of that was to tell you this:

Don’t be embarrassed to start small.

Start small and grow big. Be faithful with the little things. Love them. Do them well. Do them a lot. Do them in the way only you can do them. Care for them.

And then do another thing.
And then another.
And then another. (maybe)

Rather than spitting out cliches on how every journey starts with a single step, I’ll end instead with this question:

If you could skip all the small steps. If you could skip all the climb and the grind and the hustle and the waiting and get what you think you want most…

What on earth would you plan to do for the rest of your life?


Rather than ask you to go to my site or guilt you into giving up your email address, how about you share this with someone who needs to hear it? :)