Unsplash is probably the biggest curated free stock photos stash you will ever find.
Unlike other high-volume platforms, like Pixabay, Unsplash has a more involved community and a much better quality standards.
A couple of details about Unsplash
Unsplash has more than 260k+ photographer grade stock photos fueled by 46k+ photographers devoted to the cause.
This is by far the biggest community providing quality real-world pictures. Quality and the artistic touch is very common in shared photos.
Using Unsplash is a breeze. It’s probably the sleekest user experience in the industry. You can find, check, and download your assets in a couple of clicks.
The organizational unit used is collections. It can be a themed set of pictures or a photographer folio. The most important part is you can land easily related pictures by either quality, technique, or subject in a quick and efficient way.
What I love about Unsplash is that it’s a real community that brings the fun offline. Their actions go from photography expedition to skill-building workshops organized in some pretty cool places of the globe. It’s been done in New York, Boston, Bogota, London, Portland, Utah, Seoul, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Orlando, LA, Chicago, Seoul, and Barcelona. And I’m pretty sure it won’t stop there.
Another notable particularity is the partnership program that gives yet another dimension to an already respectable stock photos sharing platform. Pushing the community to contribute to a set project or allowing an app to use the Unsplash Folio turns things from good or great to stunning.
Who is this for?
If you rely on real-world photos and quality is a big deal for your end project, Unsplash could be your go-to platform.
A lot of creatives base their works on the Unsplash collections. Here’s an example:
You can find more example on the Made With Unsplash section.
- Free to use without attribution
Unsplash has a state of the art API to allow accessing the stock photos reserves in an easy and convenient way. It feeds over 6k apps, including Trello, Marvel, Bugger, Over, Imgix, InVision, and Naver among others.
It has a very detailed documentation and a clear coding with examples.
If you feel like giving it a shot, you can find code samples on this Github repo.