stock photos http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11800/all en-US The 5 Best Free Stock Photo Sites http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/the-5-best-free-stock-photo-sites <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/the-5-best-free-stock-photo-sites" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/the-5-best-free-stock-photo-sites</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/the-5-best-free-stock-photo-sites" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000005193486Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Redesigning <a target="_blank" href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/technology/article/5-ways-that-your-small-business-site-might-be-failing-1">a website</a>? Publishing a company newsletter? Unless you want to guarantee that no one reads what you have to say, pretty pictures are your friend. Millions of professional-quality stock photos are now available online for free, despite mounting complaints from all the other photographers trying to make a decent living. But navigating an individual image&rsquo;s licensing restrictions, (particularly for commercial use), can be daunting. For instance, while some sites allow you to use their photos in promotional materials, adapting an image for a logo is usually off limits.</p> <p>To make things interesting, I searched for photos of sheep on the most popular free stock photo sites. I then whittled down the list based on a few criteria:</p> <ul> <li>A large selection of free, high-resolution photos for commercial use;</li> <li>No subscription requirement;</li> <li>Easy to understand copyright and intellectual property rights;</li> <li>No lengthy email exchanges with photographers or rights-holders.</li> </ul> <p>Several sites made the cut.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.everystockphoto.com/">EveryStockPhoto</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://search.creativecommons.org/">Creative Commons Search</a> both serve as aggregators and return a staggering number of results. They are helpful for exploring the universe of images possibilities, but neither one can guarantee that all images displayed allow for unrestricted commercial use.</p> <p>Creative Commons hunts for images from Google and Yahoo, Flickr, Wikimedia Commons and more, while EveryStockPhoto relies on Flickr, Stock.xchng, Free Range and others. It is necessary to view and download photos directly from the participating sites to note any special usage or attribution requirements.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.morguefile.com/">MorgueFile</a> returned fewer results (only 360 for &ldquo;sheep&rdquo;), but it is incredibly easy to use with no registration required and the photos are mostly high quality. In many cases, attribution is not required but encouraged.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/">Flickr</a> is among the largest online sharing sites, Yahoo!-owned Flickr boasts a wide range of amateur and professional photos. Use the advanced search and check the &ldquo;creative commons&rdquo; and &ldquo;commercial use&rdquo; boxes to filter accordingly. The search term &ldquo;sheep&rdquo; delivered nearly 30,000 results. Many photos require attribution and don&rsquo;t allow you to change or build on the photo.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.sxc.hu/">Stock.xchng</a> offers a huge gallery of more than 350,000 stock photos by 30,000+ photographers, including more than 400 sheep photos with no added restrictions. Skip the iStockphoto entries at the top of the search unless you want to pay. Use the advanced search function to weed out unnecessary restrictions. Standard restrictions work for most purposes. The only downfall of this site is that you must register before you can download photos.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/margie-fishman">Margie Fishman</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/the-5-best-free-stock-photo-sites">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-inspiring-stories-of-normal-people-building-a-thriving-online-store">4 Inspiring Stories of Normal People Building a Thriving Online Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-get-a-small-business-loan">10 Smart Ways to Get a Small Business Loan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-helpful-tools-to-manage-your-small-business">6 Helpful Tools to Manage Your Small Business</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center collateral marketing design resources graphic design small business stock photos web design Sun, 25 Sep 2011 20:37:04 +0000 Margie Fishman 687232 at http://www.wisebread.com Free and Cheap Stock Photos http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-stock-photos <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-and-cheap-stock-photos" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stockxpertcom_id21032291_jpg_53ce4a728fd8a012c8283b4936c035dd.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="179" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here at Wise Bread, we're constantly on the lookout for great, affordable images to go with our articles. And with a blog created like every second, many of you are in the need of some nice images to go with your blog posts, too!</p> <p>I had been a loyal user of <a href="http://www.istockphoto.com">iStockphoto</a> for a few years, but what used to be $1 per credit has turned into $1.52. Not only that, but the price of each image has gone up to 2 credits. That's a 300% price hike.</p> <p>Then I discovered <a href="http://www.stockxpert.com">stockxpert</a>, which was great. They were everything iStockphoto was. $1 per credit. 1 credit per image. And many of the images were <em>exactly the same ones</em> from iStockphoto. Except they're shutting down as of February 11! (All unused credits will be transferred to iStockphoto. I smell a buyout.)</p> <p>So I began to look around for another source and happily discovered there are good alternatives.</p> <h2>Free</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/2745067197_5eef4acb86.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/"><strong>Flickr</strong></a> is a fan favorite, but the selection for the commercial use license is limited. However, we've used a ton of Flickr images here on Wise Bread, so it's not really <em>that </em>limited.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sxc.hu/"><strong>Stock.xchng</strong></a> is another popular one used by many bloggers. You do need to sign up for an account (this small barrier is the reason I haven't tried it).</p> <p><a href="http://www.stockvault.net/"><strong>Stockvault</strong></a> offers free stock photos, and you don't need to sign up for an account to download the images.</p> <p><a href="http://www.morguefile.com/"><strong>MorgueFile</strong></a> has a bunch of plainer looking stock photos, but completely decent and free.</p> <p><a href="http://www.freedigitalphotos.net"><strong>Freedigitalphotos</strong></a> is another place to get free stock photos. Looks like a smaller selection than the others above, but hey, they're free.</p> <h2>$1 (or just a little more)</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/stockxpertcom_id450120_jpg_1d18f029df84cef28120390c9312d841.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.dreamstime.com/"><strong>Dreamstime</strong></a> is a gem I just discovered. Credits start at $1.25 (for 8 credits) but quickly go down to $1 per credit if you buy 25.</p> <p>At <a href="http://www.fotolia.com"><strong>Fotolia</strong></a>, credits start at $1.14 per credit. It's a nice looking site that I'm eager to try out.</p> <h2>A little pricer</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/iStock_000001606757XSmall.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.canstockphoto.com"><strong>Can Stock Photo</strong></a> offers images for $2 a piece. They do have the lowest starting price for subscriptions. $35.95 per week to download 10 images per day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bigstockphoto.com"><strong>Big Stock Photo</strong></a> offers credits starting at $3, but quickly go down with a few more credits -- it's $1.96 each if you buy 25 credits.</p> <p><a href="http://www.istockphoto.com"><strong>iStockphoto</strong></a> offers credits starting at $1.52 (with small discounts at larger packages). They recently raised most of their images to 2 credits. Additionally, they have quite a few photos that cost even more. I do have to say that I've never been disappointed at their selection quality.</p> <p><a href="http://www.crestock.com"><strong>Crestock</strong></a> is a nice looking site with lovely images. Their credits start at $4.50 (you need to buy 100 of them). Or buy images one at a time for $5.</p> <p><a href="http://www.shutterstock.com/"><strong>Shutterstock</strong></a> rounds out my &quot;pricey&quot; list with $9.80 per image.</p> <h2>Going for Bulk</h2> <p>If you're looking to buy images in bulk, look for subscription options. I&nbsp;haven't listed them here because I don't know anyone who needs 25 images per day. But <a href="http://www.photos.com">Photos.com</a> has a really good subscription package ($100 for 1 month, 25 downloads per day). That's just $0.13 per image. (<a href="http://www.gettyimages.com">Getty Images</a> is slightly cheaper at $0.11 per image, but you have to buy a year's subscription for $1,999 for 50 downloads per day).</p> <p><em>Where do you get your stock images?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-stock-photos">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hp-wireless-printer-giveaway">HP Wireless All-in-One Photosmart Printer Review &amp; Giveaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-that-make-budgeting-fun-no-really">7 Apps That Make Budgeting Fun — No Really!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-start-flipping-items-for-cash-online">What You Need to Start Flipping Items for Cash Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-prevent-your-smartphone-from-wasting-data">15 Ways to Prevent Your Smartphone From Wasting Data</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology stock photos Wed, 03 Feb 2010 17:00:03 +0000 Lynn Truong 5029 at http://www.wisebread.com