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Huge list of sites to legally source free images from!

Discussion in 'Graphic & Web Design' started by pete.mcal, Apr 6, 2013.

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    pete.mcal

    pete.mcal Trainee Lab Tech Premium Member

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    Hey everyone I originally posted this on the warriorforum, it got a great reception and so I thought I'd share it here as well :)

    Here is a list of sites I have collated that you can source free images from. Some require attribution so please check with the site's terms & conditions before using them.

    Free Stock Photos & Images | StockFreeImages.com

    Public Domain Pictures - Free Stock Photos

    stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site

    5000 Free Stock Photos

    CC Search

    The Open Photo Project @openphoto.net | since 1998 . 14269 images . 13899 registered users

    PDClipart.org - Public Domain Clip Art

    Copyright-Free Photo Archive: Public Domain Photos and Images

    Public Domain Depot - Royalty Free, Copyright Free, Public Domain Images, Photos, Music and More

    Photos8.com | Free Stock Photos / Blog

    The online royalty free public domain clip art - vector clip art online, royalty free & public domain

    CREATING ONLINE FREE AND PREMIUM STOCK PHOTOS | Free Stock Photos and Premium Stock Photos for Web Design, Website Templates, Retail Printing

    PD Photo - Free Photos And Pictures (public domain, stock pictures, wallpaper, royalty free, clip art, etc)

    Public domain stock photos

    Free Photos - Free Images - Free Stock Photos - FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    Free Stock Photos

    Morguefile.com free stock photos

    Photl.com ? Royalty Free Photo Stock: Download Images For Commercial Use

    Free Images - Free Stock Photos

    SUNIPIX |FREE STOCK PHOTOS

    Free Stock Photos, Royalty-Free & Unlimited Downloads | Free Stock Photos

    Free stock photos - high quality stock images

    Free Photos, Free Stock Images - Kozzi.com

    Free Photos - Free Images | Stockvault.net - Free Stock Photos

    Free Stock Photos at freerangestock.com - Totally Free Stock Photography and Textures!

    FreeFoto.com - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.com

    Totally Free Images!

    The Best Copyright-Free Photo Libraries: - DotGovWatch Exposing the good, the bad, and the buggy - A Blog Monitoring U.S. Federal, State, and Local Government Websites

    Flickr: The Library of Congress' Photostream


    Enjoy [​IMG]
     
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    dbennett06

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    Thanks Pete, great list, excellent addition to the forum...

    Well done mate, I will be sure to use these!
     
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    mgeorg1

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    Excellent list - thank you!
     
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    thelegalstop

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    Hey Pete, you are great! That`s great list. I started to add images to our articles and social networks, so this list is of great help!
     
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    imaker

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    Well done indeed.

    My favourite has always been stock.xchng but I can see a few others worth trying.

    Thanks
     
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    TTC-Gareth

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    Thanks for this list :tup:

    I do check istock every week as you can get a free pic from them as well

    Gareth
     
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    Edge

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    Just one little thing to beware of. You can never be too sure where these 'royalty free' images come from originally. We recently had Corbis chasing us for use of an image on our old website which our graphic designer had used and obtained from a 'royalty free' stock photo site. If you buy an image you can at least rest assured this won't happen.
     
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    Ianmaney

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    I'll be using this list later, thank you
     
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    Mark

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    Me too - very handy.
     
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    Slough Business

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    Thank you for the list, very handy and very grateful :)
     
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    Mark

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    Fair point just made on Twitter there - always read Terms & Conditions. "Free download" doesn't always mean you can use it for free.

    :shamemb:mart:
     
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    Phil251

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    Right, one definitely should keep that in mind!

    Since I am in Germany currently, I have been using pixelio.de quite often. You need to check for "Kommerzielle Verwendung", however, before using an image. Put the author's name on the bottom of the article or under the picture itself and you're on the safe side.
     
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    Matrixyluk

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    Very handy - welldone Pete.
     
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    Robertsrobson

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    Thanks

    This is really helpful. I like istock but it has become quite expensive.
     
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    chillfire

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    So what you are saying is that right click 'Save image' from google images isn't legal?

    I can remember when I started a company many years ago we used this as our logo for about a year [​IMG]

    Until that is I worked out where my business partner got it from haha, luckily uncle Google didn't notice

    :w:
     
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    JamesClarke

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    This is excellent, very useful. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    JennyGW

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    Interesting list, but people had better make absolutely sure they are using images within the rules of that images copyright. Infringement can be very, very expensive - 5 figure sums for breaking copyright restrictions are not uncommon.

    Of course, one thing all of these free images will lack: Any direct connection with you and your business.

    You can bet that your competition WILL be using commissioned photography.

    I think the days when a business could post some generic image to their website just for a bit of colour are fast fading.
     
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    JennyGW

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    I realise you are being tongue in cheek, but ...

    Did you know that a lot of photographers use Google and specialised software to track their images?

    Photographers can make a handy bit of extra income just from finding where their images have been used illegally.

    Tracking images use using Google's free service just takes a few seconds and can yield thousands of pounds!
     
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    chillfire

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    I can't agree with this one, most small business wont use expensive imagery, because of the cost and these days you need to focus on the end user experience.

    Everyone who has ever used the web has hit a website where the images take minutes to download because the owner has uploaded a lovely stockphoto (unedited, unchanged form the 20mb file they purchased).

    However I have to add that if you are only adding an image to add 'some colour' then adding an image won't necessarily sell more of your stuff.
    If you feel like you need to add images to your site, check what your competition are using and find some that are different, the amount of times that the same stock images get used across a single industry are embarrassing.

    How many times do you see 'Stock photo hottie' 10 Overused Stock Photos I Never Want to See Again - Yahoo Small Business Advisor
    in a single day?

    Get out there with your camera and start making your own stock photos (make sure you and copyright meta data), nothing sells your services better than pictures of 'your' services!
     
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    chillfire

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    If you want to learn more about an image head to EXIF Data Viewer point it at any image on the net/your PC and be amazed at the amount of data hidden away inside your snaps....
     

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