photo archives are a tool that most print publications and graphic
artists use, and quite often.
With millions of photos available - many royalty
free, you can probably find the exact picture you need for a reasonable
But please don't confuse "royalty free" with free.
You do need to pay for most royalty free photos. You can find a
few reputable sites that make photos available without cost, but
most ask for a link and/or photo credit in return for sharing their
Stock photo libraries
are a great place for working photographers to place images. Although the agencies
will take a cut of the profits, they can offer good exposure for your work in
return, and may be worth looking into if you plan on making money with your talent. Why not? Especially if you have a huge library of digital photos, they could be making a profit for you instead of just sitting in "my photos" folder on your desktop.
These sites are excellent places to find images along with providing tip and
ideas for the working photographer to get some stock exposure.
Images - This UK site has more than 2500 images available for the price
of a link back to them and a credit. First check their terms
of usage follow them and the pictures are yours to use.
Office of Communications - Image Gallery - The 25 categories of photos - including animals, insects and food --
plus links to other government sites provide a wide range of images. Normally,
government resources are copyright free, but check for individual credits and
an attribution is always a good idea.
Picture Collection Online - The New York Public Library's Picture Collection
Online "is an image resource site for those who seek knowledge and inspiration
from visual materials. It is a collection of 30,000 digitized images from books,
magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards,
mostly created before 1923." Many images created before 1923 are now in the
public domain which means you may use them, but make sure to ask. Great selection
of vintage images...
Stock Photos - There are not as many images at this site as you'll find
on the big commercial sites, but they do have a large number of good quality photos.
Take a look...if they have what you need, you're in luck. A link back or credit
is the only cost.
Pixels - Nice quality and a good range of topics are available at this
stock photo site. They keep the copyright and ask to be identified with a credit
(as in "photo courtesy free pixels.com"), but do not require a link
back - although they probably would not object. Thanks to Chris for the suggestion.
Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) - This professional
organization's site is the perfect place to find the photo or photographer
you need. The section on industry resources is a must visit - for
both buyers and sellers. The resources for photographers are too
numerous to list here... go take a look.
- Offers royalty free images to members with one free image a week available for
use. Contests for photographers and designers who are members. Large selection
of photos and graphic art work available at very reasonable prices. Forums for
members help with general and technical questions...there are other resources
for photographers and graphic artists.
Alliance - Five major European picture agencies combined their portfolios for this site...currently there are more than 2.5 million
images covering most subject areas including news and sports.
- A note from Anne suggesting this site said, "Talkmicro is a free non-profit
forum for Microstock Photographers, With a great atmosphere. It deserves to be
listed." We agree. Good active forum with plenty of topics and a whole section
devoted to favorite stock photo sites...many with free images.