Are you in need of high-quality photos for a personal or commercial project? There are instances where paying for quality imagery is simply not in the project budget. In these cases, it makes sense to find the best possible photos you can without having to pay anything for them. This post will provide you with a list of excellent free stock photography resources you can use. Some of them are very well-known, while others are not.

Even though many of the images on these sites are licensed under Creative Commons Public Domain, it’s important to always read each site’s licensing details for complete usage rights. Some of the images may require attribution.

1. Vecteezy

Vecteezy offers millions of free stock photos, in addition to free stock videos and free vector illustrations. They also offer Pro resources that require download credits or a paid subscription, but most of the content on the site is available for free. The sitewide search results will show both Free and Pro content, but you can use the search filter to see only the free resources if you’d like.

Vecteezy free stock photos
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The rule of thirds is one of the most well-known aspects of composition in photography. When used effectively, it helps you create well-balanced and visually-appealing images. In this post, you will learn the basic definition of the rule of thirds and how to apply it to your photographs to make them more interesting. Continue reading ›

Originally published as a humor and general interest magazine in 1883, LIFE was transformed into a weekly news magazine with a heavy emphasis on photojournalism when it was purchased by Time founder Henry Luce in 1936. It was printed on a weekly basis from 1936 to 1972, then as an intermittent special from 1972 to 1978, and finally as a monthly from 1978 to 2002. The reinvented LIFE magazine was the first all-photographic American news periodical, and it ruled the market for more than 40 years. At one point, the magazine sold more than 13.5 million copies a week. The photographs appearing on the pages of the magazine provided rare glimpses into the Soviet Union, concentration camps in Germany and the conflict in Vietnam, among others. LIFE’s role in photojournalism is widely considered to be its most important contribution to publishing. In this post, you will learn about some of LIFE’s photographers, and see some of their most famous images.

Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White portrait by Alfred Eisenstaedt.
Portrait of Margaret Bourke-White with some of her photo gear, captured by fellow LIFE staff photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

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I have added quite a few new FREE Stock Photos to Reyher Photo, including the images of various textures seen below. My hope is that graphic/web designers, creative professionals and others will find these images useful for a wide array of personal and commercial projects. I know it can be difficult to find quality copyright-free imagery to use, and wanted to provide a helpful resource. To download these or any of the other images for your next personal or commercial project, please visit the FREE Stock Photos section of this site. Continue reading ›

Learning the ins and outs of portrait photography is extremely useful, especially for those of you looking to create memorable images of your family and friends. Perhaps you would like to start a business specializing in portrait photography? In this post, you will learn a handful of effective tips to help you improve your portrait photography quickly. As with anything, practice makes perfect… so get out there and put these tips to good use.

Vietnam veteran portrait in black and white
Black and white portrait of a Vietnam Veteran smoking a cigarette in the sunlight. This image was originally shot RAW in full color, then converted to grayscale in Adobe Photoshop.
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After writing my most recent blog post with a list of 27 free stock photography sites, I decided to start offering some of my own images as free stock photos. I will occasionally be publishing posts letting you know of new high-resolution images added to the Free Stock Photo section of this site. These images are totally free for you to download and use in your next personal or commercial project.

Please note, the only free images on my website are the ones posted in the Free Stock Photos section, all others on this site are Copyright © Reyher Photo. All Rights Reserved. They cannot be used without my prior written consent. Continue reading ›

As a beginner in photography, there is a very good chance your first camera will be a consumer grade DSLR. If you happen to get a lower-end DSLR, it will probably be offered as a package complete with 1 or 2 kit zoom lenses. While it may seem tempting to get both a camera and inexpensive zoom lenses that cover a wide range of focal lengths as a package deal, it’s not necessarily the best choice. In this article, you will learn why buying a fast 50mm prime lens is a much better option than settling for a slow kit zoom lens.

Buy a 50mm prime lens, not a kit lens
Red X on the 18-55mm slow kit zoom lenses from Canon and Nikon; green check mark on the fast 50mm f/1.8 prime Canon and Nikon lenses.
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Modern digital cameras are complex pieces of equipment with a wide variety of settings you can use to control how images are captured. One of these many settings is called metering, which is used to measure the light reflected off of the subject/s you are shooting. Understanding your camera’s metering modes and when to use each of them is crucial when it comes to properly exposing your images. In this post, you will learn how metering works and why it is important to keep it in mind while shooting.

Metering modes on a DSLR
Modern DSLRs are equipped with the three metering modes seen in this image: Matrix (Nikon) or Evaluative (Canon) Metering; Center-Weighted Metering; and Spot Metering. Canon also has a fourth mode called Partial Metering, which is similar to Spot Metering, but it samples a larger area of the frame.

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