8 of the best stock photo sites

It’s time to stop using those cheesy images of smiling colleagues leaning over a laptop. Check out these eight much cooler image resources.

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Searching for and buying stock images can be tedious and expensive, especially if you stick to the standard sites.

But there are other sites out there, and many are better than the status quo. Here are eight sites with great stock photos:

8. Unsplash

Unsplash is a great source for free high-resolution photos. It offers a mixture of urban shots and rural landscapes, as well as object close-ups. You can find almost anything here.

“Made With Unsplash” is a page where users can post projects in which they used Unsplash photos so visitors can see the photography in action. Unsplash updates every 10 days with 10 new images. It has a Creative Commons license, so you can copy, modify and distribute the work—even for commercial purposes—without asking for permission.

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