Royalty Free Photo Reference Sites for Artists

Royalty Free Reference Sites for ArtistsHere is a list of royalty free photo reference sites that you can use as an artist without breaking copyright law, but please be aware that some may have some requirements such as crediting and thanking the artist or posting your finished work. Please check with each individual site for their terms.


Royalty Free Photo Websites for Artists

http://www.gratisography.com/
https://morguefile.com/
https://unsplash.com/
https://pmp-art.com/
http://www.pixabay.com/
http://www.jasonmorgan.co.uk/fre-reference-photos-for-artists.html
http://kaboompics.com/
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
https://www.pexels.com/
http://deathtothestockphoto.com/ – subscribe for free and receive a package of 10 free photos every month

Facebook Groups

Photographic Reference for Artists (PRA)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Photoref/
Art Reference Team (ART)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1701159830155835/
Wendy’s Photos for Creatives (Photos by Wendy Sinclair)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wendysphotos/
Lengyel Wildlife Art Reference Photos
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LengyelWildlifeArtReferencePhotos/

Search Functions

https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/ – You can search Flickr for the creative commons pictures, not all of them are creative commons.

You can search this in google images – “This work is licensed under a Creative Commons” site:deviantart.com

In google images: Select ‘Usage Rights’ and then choose ‘Labeled for Reuse’ – not all of these photographs are Royalty Free.

Paid Royalty Free Websites

You can use a picture for a small fee. Please check with each individual site for their terms.

http://www.africanreferencephotos.com/galleries/

http://www.wildlifereferencephotos.com/

If You Still Need More . . .

Here are some more resources on this blog post by Art Tutor:
https://www.arttutor.com/free-photos

Last updated 5/28/2017 by Cecilia Kinzie from the CP4B group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/coloredpencils4b/