Whether you are managing a business, website, blog, online or offline advertising campaigns, you are going to need photos stock images. In the event your project or budget does not require or cannot afford the availability of personal photographers, I have provided a list with some heavy alternatives that will get you through.
Rights Managed images are licensed on a use by use basis contractual basis. The fee for this type of usage can vary in price, size, duration, format, project, location, and for print or online use. Rights managed ensure the image will not be licensed by any other individuals or companies within the predetermined time of your license. Typically, the more flexible the license or beneficial, the more expensive the license is to obtain.
Royalty free images are images licensed in perpetuity and for a single price. This license can be used for multiple projects, extended, or non-exclusive use. Types of usage include direct mail, email newsletters, websites, blogs, editorial, broadcast, billboards, flyers, or marketing campaigns.
Limitations may include:
• The images cannot be resold to other parties
• The images may be produced only for a specified number of times
• The images cannot be used for illegal or defamatory purposes
• The images are not free and fees can vary from owner to owner or provider
Free use images are copyright free, public domain, or images in which the author has given permission to use the images free of charge. Please note, terms can be subject to change or even misunderstood, therefore read any fine print or terms of usage or reproduction rights before using such images. Confirm there are no limitations or conditional stipulations for the free use images. In addition, it may be wise to keep a copy of the terms or print screen a copy of the terms provided which addresses the right to use for free.
Examples of Restriction Types:
Free for personal or Educational Use: This type of usage means you can only use the image for personal use such as on your personal website, blog, school project, desktop, or for personal printing. However, you cannot resell the image or use it for commercial purposes without negotiating payment for the right to do so with the owner.
Free for Corporate or Nonprofit: This type of use means you can use the image for internal or not for profit documentation, presentations, or media that pertains to that company or non-profit group. Using the images for public use may require licensing. These images cannot be resold to others.
Free for All: This type of usage means it is what it is. The image can be used anywhere for anything, anytime without the hassle of fees or restrictions. These images may be in public domain, the copyright has expired, or the author has specifically granted in writing the images can be used for free for any purpose. In some cases, the author may request or require credit for the image or a hyperlink to the website.
I have compiled a list of websites that offer free and royalty free images. This list is not the absolute solution; however, it is a pretty good start. I have visited the sites and I am a registered user on many of these sites as I am also a business owner within the media industry. Some of the sites require you register (for free) before you are granted access to download the images. Most are a quick, easy, and painless process.
AMG Media Works
Brand X Pictures
Every Stock Photo
Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr Photo Sharing
Free Digital Photos
Free Images co uk
Free Media Goo
Free Photos Bank
Free Range Stock
Free Stock Photos
Free Stock Photos
High Resolution Textures
Index Stock Imagery
Kave Wall Stock
Web Photo Mart
Design Begins Here
More Stock Photography Sources