background preloader

25 Free Stock Photo Sites

25 Free Stock Photo Sites
When I began the research for this article, I knew of only a handful of free stock photography sites. I set out to find as many good ones as I could, thinking maybe I’d find a dozen. I was quite surprised to find 25 good, solid resources out there. There are probably more, but these are the ones I found. If you’ve got a favorite and it’s not here, send it along. Note the terms of use for each site. Keep in mind that “Royalty Free” does not mean the images are free; it means that you don’t need to pay the photographer a royalty each time you use the image. Update: Check out our latest list of 18 MORE free stock photos sites. QualityStockPhotos.com is my favorite site for free stock photography. Stock.XCHNG is a great site for free stock photography. This is a huge resource, currently indexing over 3 million photos! The photos on Imagebase are free to use, and are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Morguefile is a completely free source for stock photos. Elsewhere in the Magazine

http://www.digitalimagemagazine.com/tutorials/25-free-stock-photo-sites/

Related:  Free image banksStock Image

11 Best Free Stock Photo Sites As designers and visual communicators, we need to make sure to use photos to help tell a story and to convey a message. While it's best to use high quality original photos whenever possible, sometimes they just won't fit into the workflow. Either you ran out of time, don't have access to the subject matter, or you don't have the equipment or patience to take a really great photo. Luckily, more and more Public Domain photo sites are popping up, where either all or a portion of the databases are completely free to use without attribution. Here are the best ones I've seen so far. Share your favorites in the comments below!

15 Best Places for Designers to Get Free Stock Photos Online I’m not sure if you’ve ever had a look at the prices on some non-stock photography sites (pictures of Gummy bears for $769.00 anyone?), but they reach far beyond the budget of the typical designer/developer. However, many places online allow you to obtain high-quality stock photos for free, giving the average starving artist a chance to create wonderful works of art/design without having to use next month’s rent on stock photos. In this article, we review the 15 best places to free stock photos online for designers. 88 Brilliant Examples of Forced Perspective Photography Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It is used primarily in photography, filmmaking and architecture. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera. There are many ways to attack photography and some are much more expensive than others. Here in this showcase, we presenting a Stunning collection of Forced Perspective Photography and Pictures taken by various artists in which all pictures are linked to the author’s pages.

Finding and using public domain photographs This page lists resources for high-quality public domain photographs. For each resource here, I tell you what you’ll find and give you tips for using the photos. What kind of tips, you ask, if the photos are public domain? 100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals Photography as both a profession and a hobby is an incredibly expansive topic that covers a remarkably vast range of subjects from science and art. No matter where you lie on the professional spectrum, there is simply always more to learn. We spent countless hours scouring the web for the best content we could find and share with you, and today we'll help you expand your knowledge with 100 photography related tutorials! "There are many composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene. Below are ten of the most popular and most widely respected composition rules." "Graphic illustrations [and explanations] of the difference between RAW and JPEG (also called JPG).

13 No Attribution Required Stock Image Sites You NEED Business Tools and Tips September 6, 2014 Following our recent post on stock image sites we actually use, some readers sent us even more sites that offer alternatives to paid stock image services. We took a look into the so-called attribution-free stock image sites to see if they were legit. All the following sites allow you to grab high-quality image for any purpose you want. The only caveat is that you can’t pass images off these sites as your own (i.e. entering them in a contest, putting them in your portfolio, etc.). Otherwise…

8 Places to Get Free Stock Photos for Your Website EmailEmail It really doesn’t matter what your website or blog is about, nothing makes it look nicer than really good, professional quality photographs. Unfortunately, professional level photographs can sometimes be downright expensive. Luckily, like most everything else, beautiful looking stock photos can be found for free on the internet. You just need to know where to look. Improve your photography with classical art. Adjusting your photographs to get the color 'just right' can be a chore. Think about this: The Old Masters of painting spent years of their lives learning about color. Why let all their effort go to waste on the walls of some museum when it could be used to give you a hand with color correction? When Photoshop entered the CS series it included a new tool called 'Match Color.' This tools was made so that you could match a series of photos to one another. But there is another thing you can do with 'Match Color' that is much cooler: You can match the colors in your photos to those in famous paintings.

Creative Commons Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license. Here are some recently added bits and pieces: Attribution License 21 Creative Examples of Reflective Photography If you look hard enough you can find creative inspiration almost anywhere, but one of my favorite places to draw inspiration from is photography. We’ve posted a number of photography showcases here on WDL, so I hope you find them as inspiring as I do. For this post, I’ve collected 21 amazing photos that focus on reflections.

Related:  Image banksHTML+CSS