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Using Stock Photography

You’re looking for the right images for your website or brochure, you’ve searched far and wide for stunning stock images to use, but keep running into cheesy photos of people shaking hands. Most small businesses don’t have a budget to hire a professional photographer on most projects. Even big organizations use stock images, the key is finding the right stuff – and then using it in the right way. Usually, you need the right tools (Photoshop and/or Illustrator) to make the images work for the project.

The good news is there’s a huge variety of excellent free and paid stock images for commercial use available. You just have to know where to look. I’ve compiled a short list of stock photo resources you can use to find free images for your projects. Whether you need hero images for your blog, placeholder images for your website, or first-rate stock photography for commercial use, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

 

BigStockPhoto.com

BigStock photo has 10 million affordable images and vectors.

Pay As You Go: $2.99 for small – $4.99 medium – $8.99 large – $12.99 vector

www.bigstockphoto.com


iStockphoto.com

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iStockphoto is the web’s original source for user-generated, royalty-free stock photos, illustrations, video, audio and Flash. Whether you’re a designer, advertiser, entrepreneur or blogger, they have millions of affordable images, vectors and clips to help you tell your story.

How iStock photo Works:

1. Search for stock photography, vector illustrations, video footage, audio clips and tracks, and Flash media.
2. Sign up for a free account.
3. Down load your files immediately using iStock Credits, which can be purchased in flexible pay-as-you-go and subscription plans.

istockphoto.com


Fotolia

Over 16 Million Royalty Free Images, Vectors and Videos from $ 0.75

Add impact to your design projects with royalty-free images from Fotolia.
All licenses include unlimited print runs and never expire!

http://us.fotolia.com/


123RF.com

123RF.com is a royalty-free photo library offering stunning, practical stock photos at the most affordable price!

They’ve got refreshing, intriguing images for your creative projects. For a single subscription fee, you can get access to a wealth of high-resolution images. Alternatively, you may purchase credits and download images, all for a very low rate.

123RF.com

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