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Where do you get your free images/stock photos?

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by flipflop101, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    Hello all!

    I'm currently doing a site on commercial diving, it's highly image based and some good quality images will really set off the front page.

    I've never really had a problem finding images before but now that I'm looking for something very specific it's got me wondering where best to look.

    Ideally I don't want to pay for any images so the majority of stock photo sites are out of the question, there are some free ones which are okay however I wanted to check and see how you guys go about this issue.

    Do most of you pay for images? Is there a source i'm over looking? Or do you mostly find a google image search brings up satisfactory results?

    In this case that ain't working for me. Any input is much appreciated.

    Cheers guys.
     
  2. hollaholla

    hollaholla Newbie

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    sxc.hu used to be good. not been on there in a while though.

    You get what you pay for with images. I use iStock mostly. Cheap decent images, photos never usualy more than £3. Cant go wrong.
     
  3. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    Yes was just browsing that site so thank you for the suggestion, it's the best option I've found so far however you can notice a lack of quality.

    I realise my question contradicts itself and you are exactly right - you get what you pay for. I just wanted to check what others on this forum do in this situation. You know what it's like on here, people usually have a clever solution for everything!

    Thanks for your input :)
     
  4. hamma

    hamma Registered Member

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    I sometimes find suitable images on wikipedia you have to check if they are in the public domain or not. Others you can use but need attribute the photo to the poster.
    Cheers
     
  5. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    Ah ok, that's a good idea. How can you tell if the image is in the public domain please?
     
  6. SuperBlackHat

    SuperBlackHat Power Member

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    i always use google images or corbis. FTW.
     
  7. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    The photographers on Corbis are awesome, especially those celebrity shots on the showreel.
     
  8. hollaholla

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    you can just pinch them. But be prepared for a phonecall.

    I got a call once cos i used part of an image that i found on google. I genuinely forgot to get a licenced equivalent from istock for £1. They wanted £1k in damages.

    I removed, replaced and ignored them and they went away thankfully. Since that call i never poach.

    They use sopphisticated image recognition software that trwals the web for matches. If you get flagged they double check then call.

    A good one is to check forums within that niche. People may post their own pics without stating do not use. Courtesy would be to ask for permission, they may be flattered!
     
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    floflo89 Regular Member

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    Google, or just copy them from deviantart :)) Those are free. lol
     
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    valeriovaz Newbie

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    you could search on flickr images with creative commons license. They're free to use, you only must give the credits. A nofollow link at the bottom of the post/site should do the job.

    Edit: could not post the link, but search in google for flickr creative commons
     
  12. hamma

    hamma Registered Member

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    When you see a photo you like click on the image and below it will be the copywrite info. Either its in public domain free for any use or creative commons which you have to have an attributing link under the photo you know something like "photo courtesy of joe blogs images"
     
  13. ElmosGotAGun

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    Go to istockphoto rightclick on the image copy the url.
    Go to Tineye (i cant post urls :( )and paste the url in there.
    Not 100% chance to find it.
    But i have found alot of istock images through that :)
     
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    I use canstockphoto if I can't find anything and have to buy, they seem to be cheaper than the others.
     
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    I download it from various forums and use it after modifying it
     
  17. carlito

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    if you had make some modifications to the photo, as a symmetry, they would not have find it. Even Tinyeye doesn't achieve to find a symmetric image of an existing image...
     
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    Just remember, Royalty Free is not the same as free. It just means you don't have to pay for repeated use. A mistake a lot of newbies make.
     
  19. rakka

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    Just a warning, downloading and using images that you don't know the source is trouble. I've got a friend bieng sued by Istock over the logo on his website. He payed a web developer overseas (korea?) to design and build his business's site. The developer "claims" to have purchased the stock photo rights, but can't find the reciept. (probably lying) Anyhow its looking like my friend is going to have to pay the 6K in damages Istock is asking for.

    Grabbing an image from google images will most likely come from some guy who will never persue you but there is still a copyright holder and he still could. Also who's to say the image you grabbed off google images hasn't been scraped from a stock photography site already.

    I've heard of the same thing happening on flickr. Someone uploads a stock photo to flickr, marks it as free, and all of a sudden 30 people are getting sued for re-using the photo. Unfortunately in this case the burdon falls on the people who got duped for failing to check their sources.
     
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  20. flipflop101

    flipflop101 Junior Member

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    Some excellent sources there guys cheers all for the input.

    That Google thing is very clever Wiz however I was just interested in where other people go not what I should Google. Brought up a few sites I didn't know so thanks all.

    @Carlito
    Do you mean to simply reverse the photo or add something to it?
     
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