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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.

Low cost royalty free images

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

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

Totally FREE images

Pixabay.com

Over 300,000 high quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics on Pixabay.com. All images are free – even for commercial use! No attributions required.

Pixabay.com


Pexels.com

  • All photos and videos on Pexels are free to use.
  • Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the photographer or Pexels is not necessary but always appreciated.
  • You can modify the photos and videos from Pexels. Be creative and edit them as you like.

pexels.com


Freerange Stock

Freerange Stock was formed with the goal to provide quality stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use. For free.

FreerangeStock.com


Flickr.com

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

flickr.com


Unsplash

The internet’s source of freely usable images. Powered by creators everywhere.

Unsplash.com/


Gratisography.com

The world’s quirkiest collection of free high-resolution pictures, comprised of the world’s best, most creative images – photos you just won’t find anywhere else. All completely free to download without copyright restrictions.

Gratisography.com

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