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How to find free and low cost photo stock images on the internet

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.

Stock photography offers the means to accomplish may photo needs. Stock photography images are photos that have already been taken by other photographers and are available for OnDemand use. When considering your options for stock photography, it is also important to understand the associated terms of use.

Rights Managed

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

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

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.

Abstract Influence
http://www.abstractinfluence.com

Acobox
http://acobox.com

All Our Stock
http://www.allourstock.com

AMG Media Works
http://www.amgmedia.com/freephotos/

Brand X Pictures
http://www.brandx.com

Cepolina
http://www.cepolina.com/freephoto/

Comstock Images
http://www.comstock.com

Conceptual Collections
http://co-photo.com

Design Packs
http://www.designpacks.com/Image_Catalog/

Dreamstime
http://www.dreamstime.com/free-photos-resi2100350

Every Stock Photo
http://www.everystockphoto.com

First Light
http://www.firstlight.ca

Flickr Creative Commons
http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons

Flickr Photo Sharing
http://www.flickr.com

Fotolia
http://fotolia.com

Free Digital Photos
http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Free Foto
http://www.freefoto.com

Free Historical Stock Photos
http://www.historicalstockphotos.com

Free Images co uk
http://www.freeimages.co.uk

Free Media Goo
http://www.freemediagoo.com

Free Pixels
http://www.freepixels.com

Free Photo
http://www.freefoto.com

Free Photos Bank
http://www.freephotosbank.com

Free Range Stock
http://www.freerangestock.com

Free Stock Photos
www.free-stockphotos.com

Free Stock Photos
http://freestockphotos.com

Geek Philosopher
http://geekphilosopher.com

Getty Images
http://creative.gettyimages.com

Hamera
http://www.hemera.com

High Resolution Textures
http://www.highresolutiontextures.com

Image After
http://www.imageafter.com

Image Base
http://imagebase.davidniblack.com

Index Stock Imagery
http://www.indexstock.com

iStockPhoto
http://www.istockphoto.com

Kave Wall Stock
http://www.kavewall.com

Morgue File
http://www.morguefile.com

Multimedia Library
http://www.multimedialibrary.com

Nations Illustrated
http://www.nationsillustrated.com

NiffyLux
http://www.niffylux.com

Open Photo
http://openphoto.net

Photo Everywhere
http://photoeverywhere.co.uk

Photo Gen
http://www.photogen.com

Photo Rack
http://www.photorack.net

Photoree
http://www.photoree.com

Photo Rogue
http://www.photorogue.com

Photo Spin
http://www.photospin.com

Pixel Perfect Digital
http://www.pixelperfectdigital.com

Public Domain Image
http://www.public-domain-image.com

Public Domain Photos
http://www.public-domain-photos.com

PhotoVaco
http://www.photovaco.com

ReflexStock
http://www.reflexstock.com

Stock Vault
http://www.stockvault.net

Stock.xchng
http://www.sxc.hu

Studio7Designs
http://www.studio7designs.com/stock-photography/

Texture Warehouse
http://www.texturewarehouse.com/gallery/

Unprofound
http://www.unprofound.com

Web Photo Mart
http://www.webphotomart.com

WikiMedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org

Woophy
http://woophy.com

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Comments

  • reg 4 years ago

    great compilation!

  • Queralt Sunyer 3 years ago

    Hi. Don't forget ours new freestockphotos.es from Spain. Thanks.

    freestockphotos dot es

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