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    Free Stock Photography

    Free Stock Photography Websites

    The list of free stock photography that has been floating around has too many non-free links to be of any real use, so I have given myself the task of finding as many places as I can and checking to make sure they are free!

    LEGEND

    * = May need to contact somebody for permision
    nc = Free for non-commercial use, ie: personal websites and tennis matches are fine
    1-5 = If a site is very poor, it gets a 1. If it's great, give it a 5. If there is no number, I was too lazy to type it.

    THE LIST

    While I have tried to make sure that I give you only free resources, I don't have a law degree so I can't guarantee it! Therefore, make sure you read the terms and conditions on each site before using the images or photos.

    March 19 2004 List cleaned up, removed dead links and added more sites.
    Last edited by iTec; Apr 26, 2004 at 09:39.

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    Thanks for this great thread.

    Wow, I think that if something happens to our race, at least were going to leave behind some nice photographical references to who we were. Just think if aliens 3,000,000 years from now discover old Sitepoint threads.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Winged Spider
    Thanks for this great thread.

    Wow, I think that if something happens to our race, at least were going to leave behind some nice photographical references to who we were. Just think if aliens 3,000,000 years from now discover old Sitepoint threads.
    If something happened to our race, don't you think it'd be equally likely the internet servers wouldn't be around either?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winged Spider
    Thanks for this great thread.

    Wow, I think that if something happens to our race, at least were going to leave behind some nice photographical references to who we were. Just think if aliens 3,000,000 years from now discover old Sitepoint threads.

    haha, ya.

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    There's a new stock photo site that should be on your list

    Ookaboo: Free Pictures of Everything on Earth

    As of today, Ookaboo has 525,000 pictures of 287,000 distinct topics and it's getting better all the time because it loads 8,000 a day.

    Unlike some other "free photo" sites, images on Ookaboo have no watermarks and are public domain or creative commons and can be used freely for both commercial and non-commercial use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontology2 View Post
    There's a new stock photo site that should be on your list

    Ookaboo: Free Pictures of Everything on Earth

    As of today, Ookaboo has 525,000 pictures of 287,000 distinct topics and it's getting better all the time because it loads 8,000 a day.

    Unlike some other "free photo" sites, images on Ookaboo have no watermarks and are public domain or creative commons and can be used freely for both commercial and non-commercial use.
    Thanks for the great site!

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    Here's another site: Home | Picdrome - Royalty free pictures gallery to use for free royalty pictures.

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    another great one is
    www.istockphoto.com


    Thanks for the great links! going straight to the favorites

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    Hey, I was gonna do this iTec. Read my mind. Good job. Because I went through those links and was SO FRUSTRATED. Kept checking FAQ. Only a few of them had free unrestricted (and no contact neccessary!) actual FREE stock photos.

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    Originally posted by Shap
    another great one is
    www.istockphoto.com
    I was tempted to include istockphoto (they did get a mention) in the list but now that they charge 25c a download they arent technically free..

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    Great list Nick.. cool work.. thanx
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    iTec, if you play it good at iStockPhoto then you can get them for free

    Just upload your own photos or make your own, for each uploaded photo that gets accepted you will get a price (I think glenplake mentioned that).
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    I agree that Istockphoto is great.
    Yes they charge 25 cents per download, but:
    1) You get 4 free downloads for joining
    2) Uploading is free, and for every one of your upload that is downloaded you get 5 cents.

    So, it's quite easy to not have to pay for Royalty Free, Commercial Use images.
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    SunStockPhoto: Stock Photos, Fine Art Photos, Event Photography

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    istockphoto

    I just joined and I didn't get 4 free photos!!!!!



    Quote Originally Posted by Steelsun
    I agree that Istockphoto is great.
    Yes they charge 25 cents per download, but:
    1) You get 4 free downloads for joining
    2) Uploading is free, and for every one of your upload that is downloaded you get 5 cents.

    So, it's quite easy to not have to pay for Royalty Free, Commercial Use images.

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    Good stuff, iTec.

    This thread was a bit confusing because it was titled: "Free photos for commercial use." But Trillian actually asked:

    ...are there any stock photo discs that are available for $50 or less?
    So we were giving Trillian free and cheap sources. Including Photo-Objects. And sites where you help with bandwidth costs. (iStockPhoto)

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    I downloaded one of those Tree notepad things called "Treepad plus" that was in one of the Sitepoint Tributes recently . I just copied these links into it for future reference. Thanks allot for the links
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    Want some really nice outdoor images courtesy of the U.S. Gov't?

    http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/

    And did I mention that they are public domain and all images are available in Hi-Res?

    Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wert
    Want some really nice outdoor images courtesy of the U.S. Gov't?

    http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/

    And did I mention that they are public domain and all images are available in Hi-Res?

    Enjoy.
    GREAT LINK! That's exactly what I just came in this forum for, to see if I could find some free images based on ocean wildlife and seascapes. Not only that, but this is the first site that I've seen that offered many images in that area, but they were pretty good quality too

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    Surprisingly - the best collection of truly FREE stock photos I've found is at the Microsoft site!!

    dgl.microsoft.com

    Just do a search and be sure to select "Photos" under the select menu titled "Results Should Be:"

    I've found them to be very good quality photos

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    iStockPhoto has raised the price per photo to $0.50 . Can't complain though, as now you get $0.10 per download.

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    Originally posted by ghuytro
    Surprisingly - the best collection of truly FREE stock photos I've found is at the Microsoft site!!

    dgl.microsoft.com

    Just do a search and be sure to select "Photos" under the select menu titled "Results Should Be:"

    I've found them to be very good quality photos
    And technically you are allowed to use these images only if you own one of the Microsoft Office packages.
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    Photo's from Hungary. The site's a bit vague but worth a look. - all images are 1152x872
    http://orangetrash.d2.hu/

    http://www.digitaleden.de/

    http://www.photocase.de/Default.asp
    No English

    Again, make sure you read the terms and conditions on each site before using any images.

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    My Personal favorite is www.gettyimages.com
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