Free Stock Photography Websites

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#1

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.

[I]March 19 2004 List cleaned up, removed dead links and added more sites.[/i]


#2

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.


#3

another great one is
www.istockphoto.com

Thanks for the great links! going straight to the favorites


#4

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.


#5

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.. wink


#6

Great list Nick.. cool work.. thanx smile


#7

iTec, if you play it good at iStockPhoto then you can get them for free smile

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).


#8

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.


#9

Good stuff, iTec.:tup:

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)


#10

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 smile


#11

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.


#12

Another one-

http://www.dotdragnet.co.uk/noflash.asp?action=0&cat=35


#13

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


#14

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


#15

Originally posted by ghuytro
[B]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 [/B]

And technically you are allowed to use these images only if you own one of the Microsoft Office packages.


#16

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.


#17

My Personal favorite is www.gettyimages.com


#18

I just opened http://stock.briony.cc
New images added weekly. Anyone from Sydney should recognise a few shots smile


#19

Not exactly free, though.


#20

Awesome list!

A place that isn't free,, but has nice city stockphotos is photonica.com