21 Amazing Sites With Breathtaking Free Stock Photos

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Free stock photos featured imagePhotography has always been an integral part of design. Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing crappy stock images of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are a lot of these stock photos tacky, but they cost a lot of money!

Thankfully, there’s been a growing number of websites with beautiful stock photography popping up all over the web. Best of all, they’re free!

In this post, we’ve curated a list of awesome websites for free stock photos.


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Quick Note About Licenses

Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

However, some photos may require attribution. We’ve done our best to identify which license they fall under but we still advise you to do your own research and determine how these images can be used.

With that out of the way, let’s dive into our top picks for free stock photos.

StockSnap.io

StockSnap free stock photosStockSnap.io has a large selection of beautiful free stock photos and high resolution images. The site also has a very handy search feature making it easy to browse through the thousands of images available. In addition, the site tracks views and downloads so you can find the most popular photos available.

StockSnap adds hundreds of images on a daily basis and all photos are released under creative commons public domain – no attribution required.

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DIY Tips for Your Next Shoot

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By Logan Baker, Premiumbeat

Here are 5 ways to boost the production value of your video shots on a DIY budget.

One of the most valuable online resources for filmmakers and video producers is Ryan Connolly’s YouTube channel and production juggernaut, Film Riot. Film Riot provides actionable content on filmmaking questions, techniques, and gear recommendations. One of their recent videos focuses on a few DIY tips they’ve released in the past that will help reduce your budget or give you more time to focus on your production.

Let’s take a look at some of these DIY tips as well as where to find the equipment they call for. [Read More]

How to Fake a Dolly Zoom (in Post)

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by Aviv Vana

I have always wanted to do a dolly zoom, but it always seemed out of my reach. I needed to learn the technique, get the right equipment, and figure out how to really nail it. So now I’m like a kid in a candy store since I learned that I can finally do one using post trickery! And it looks, to my eye, just as good!  The Dolly Zoom is a classic Hollywood shot technique that has been employed in countless films since the late 50s. Usually, one would need a zoom lens to achieve this effect. However, by following this tutorial you will be able to replicate the effect with just a prime lens and slider.  Take a look at this tutorial by Lewis McGregor who shows you how to create a dolly zoom effect in Adobe After Effects, no zoom lens required!

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Even if you’ve never heard of a dolly zoom before, chances are you’ve seen them: Hitchcock’s extending staircase shot in “Vertigo”…

…or Brody’s moment of realization in Spielberg’s “Jaws” are two of the most recognizable examples of the technique.

How to shoot a dolly zoom

It’s a pretty slick camera move you can pull off by moving your camera forward on a dolly while simultaneously zooming out with your lens, or vice versa. [Read More]

How to Shoot Cinematic Real Estate Videos

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By Michael Maher, Premiumbeat

Real estate videos are highly specific projects that can have a huge impact on the targeted audience. Here are the must-take steps to creating cinematic real estate videos that actually sell property.

How to Shoot Cinematic Real Estate Videos, image from ShutterstockReal estate is a visual medium, so photos and video are crucial to sales. This includes everything from home sales, luxury office space, or extravagant vacation rentals. Pictures are crucial to websites that showcase homes for sale, hotels, and even places listed on sites like Airbnb. But often, real estate agents find themselves needing to showcase bigger properties in bigger ways. This is where real estate video has seen huge growth.

In this post, we will cover the basic rules of real estate video production and the three main types of real estate videos. By the end, you will have a solid understanding of what it takes to make a must-see real estate video that really impresses your potential buyers.


The Basic Rules of Real Estate Video Production

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5 Simple Color Effects You Can Do in Adobe Premiere Pro

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by V Renée, nofilmschool

Designing a great color effect can be pretty complicated. The easiest part is making sure you have everything you need, whether it’s a plugin or additional software, but actually figuring out which levels to adjust and which buttons to push can be incredibly frustrating. That’s why this tutorial from Justin Odisho is so excellent, because he not only shows you how to create a handful of very easy, very stylish color effects, but you can do it all without any expensive third party tools. Check it out below:

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How to Prevent Your Sony Camera From Overheating

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by Nina D. G., Videomaker Magazine

(I’ve got a Sony A7s and sometime use a friend’s A7rii, so I’m interested in sharing this article to our Sony camera viewers…)

How to Prevent Your Sony Camera From Overheating
If you are a Sony mirrorless camera owner, you know that continuous high-quality video recording is not its strongest side because of the temperature limit issue. We’ve prepared a round-up of ideas on how to prevent your gear from overheating without breaking the bank.

Technically, there are two sides of the problem to solve: internal and external camera overheating. In other words, even if you are shooting indoors with a comfortable temperature level, the heat from the internal parts of your camera will eventually shut it down. On average, it may take 20 to 40 minutes of HD video recording before you see the overheat warning. Yet, direct sun rays worsen this situation, and if you’ve ever tried shooting 4K outdoors on a sunny day, you probably know — several minutes are the maximum you can get.

Before jumping into non-obvious ways to prevent overheating, remember that the first rule of working in the sun is keeping your gear in a bag or at least covered with a light color piece of cloth all the time while not shooting.

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That’s Some Out-of-This-World Visuals!

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by NASA and Jeff Riegel

NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images.

NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files.

NASA has just revamped their entire website making it even more visually appealing than ever before.  I sometimes download NASA’s free imagery from their website for a TV show I work on, Earthoteric, but found it taunting at times to find what I’m looking for.  But now I can easily choose whether I’m looking for HD video, audio or still imagery from their vast library…

NASA Unveils New Searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library for the Public

NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files by keyword and metadata searches from NASA.gov. The NASA Image and Video Library website consolidates imagery spread across more than 60 collections into one searchable location.  https://images.nasa.gov

140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files are available on the NASA Image and Video Library.
NASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files

NASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files from across the agency’s many missions in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight, and more. Users now can embed content in their own sites and choose from multiple resolutions to download. The website also displays the metadata associated with images.

Users can browse the agency’s most recently uploaded files, as well as discover historic and the most popularly searched images, audio files and videos. Other features include:

  • Automatically scales the interface for mobile phones and tablets
  • Displays the EXIF/camera data that includes exposure, lens used, and other information, when available from the original image
  • Allows for easy public access to high resolution files
  • All video includes a downloadable caption file

NASA Image and Video Library’s Application Programmers Interface (API) allows automation of imagery uploads for NASA, and gives members of the public the ability to embed content in their own sites and applications. This public site runs on NASA’s cloud native “infrastructure-as-a-code” technology enabling on-demand use in the cloud.

The library is not comprehensive, but rather provides the best of what NASA makes publicly available from a single point of presence on the web. Additionally, it is a living website, where new and archival images, video and audio files continually will be added.

For more information about NASA’s activities, visit: http://www.nasa.gov

16 Free Circle Transitions for Video Editors

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By PremiumBeat

Give your footage a bold burst of life and motion with this collection of sixteen FREE circle transitions.

It’s easier than ever to give your footage a customized look with these sixteen FREE circle transitions for your next video editing project. These HD circle transitions can be used for anything from general video transitions to logo reveals. Here’s a quick demo of the circle transitions in action (featuring “We’re Taking Off” from the PremiumBeat royalty free music library).

How to Use the Free Circle Transitions and Download Here.

Tim Dashwood Joins Apple, Over $1000 Worth of His Final Cut Plugins Are Now Free!

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Tim Dashwood, founder of 11 Motion Pictures and its sister companies Dashwood Cinema Solutions and the Toronto-based stereoscopic 3D production company Stereo3D Unlimited, has joined Apple, reports fcp.co.

Dashwood is the creator of 360VR Toolbox and other popular plugins for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. All his plugins, worth well over $1000, are now free and can be downloaded from FxFactory.

360VR Toolbox
Professional 360/VR Tools for 2D or Stereoscopic 3D 360 degree video.

360VR Express
Essential 360/VR tools for monitoring and modifying 360 degree VR video.

Editor Essentials
A collection of time-saving plugins for Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro & After Effects.

Smooth Skin
The plugin that automatically finds and smooths the skin in faces.

Secret Identity
The plugin that automatically finds and hides faces using Mac OS X face detection.

Dashwood’s role at Apple is unclear but considering rumors that Apple will soon make a push into VR it’s possible that he could working in that area.

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Using Audio Swells in Premiere Pro

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Learn how to use one of the most clever transitions in filmmaking history — all in Premiere Pro.

One of the most important aspects of using and editing audio effects is how and when to use them appropriately. If they’re off even by a frame, the transition could be jarring and take your audience completely out of the story. Let’s take a look at how to use some of the most engaging sound (or scene) transitions, using Edgar Wright as an example.

Read more here about Using Audio Swells in Premiere Pro.