Where can I get free images that are ACTAULLY free?

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I have heard of a website before but cant remember the name for the life of me...anyone know where to get stock images that are actually free and not that crap that says "FREE IMAGES" and then once your inside the website is like "great now pay us money!"..ahhhh driving me crazy lol

Cheers,

Kevin B.
#actaully #free #images
  • Profile picture of the author ramkarthik
    There are some stock image sites but I normally use Flickr for photos. They have the best range of photos in my opinion.

    Go to Flickr and search for photos with creative commons attribute.

    You can do that from here:
    Flickr photos or video with a Creative Commons Attribution License

    Also check this free stock images site stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site
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  • Profile picture of the author yosis
    Hi,

    One of the best I've seen is over at sxc.hu. While you're searching, you'll see some of the professional stock photos from their "sister" site which can come in handy sometimes if you really need a polished look but many times you can get away with just some of the free stuff. Keep in mind too that some of the free photos at sxc.hu require permission and/or attribution before use.

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    • Profile picture of the author abelacts
      Originally Posted by yosis View Post

      Hi,

      One of the best I've seen is over at sxc.hu. While you're searching, you'll see some of the professional stock photos from their "sister" site which can come in handy sometimes if you really need a polished look but many times you can get away with just some of the free stuff. Keep in mind too that some of the free photos at sxc.hu require permission and/or attribution before use.

      Ditto. If you are talking about nice, free stock photos, stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site is the place. There's no better place than this. However you have to read the terms before using as they are vary from photo to photo.
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  • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
    Wikimedia Commons some you have to attribute to source, some you don't
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayllie
    Hmmm, sorry quick question. Again I am very new to this so bare with me, are we not able to use the images in google images to add to blogs etc??
    Thanks x
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Ashbrook
      Hmmm, sorry quick question. Again I am very new to this so bare with me, are we not able to use the images in google images to add to blogs etc??
      Thanks x
      NO you can't just use the images that turn up on Google images. A lot of them are copyright. You could have problems (legally) if you don't get permission to use them first.
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    • Profile picture of the author LB
      Originally Posted by Jayllie View Post

      Hmmm, sorry quick question. Again I am very new to this so bare with me, are we not able to use the images in google images to add to blogs etc??
      Thanks x
      Nope, that would violate copyright. They are indexed for search and nothing more.

      I know this thread was about free stuff, but istockphoto.com offers royalty-free photos for as low as $1 each.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kent F
        I like the Flickr photos with creative commons agreements - good stuff. I usually find, however, the Istock photos are worth the $5 or so for a nice header.
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  • Profile picture of the author nellement
    Really cool site for free quality images is sxc.hu and imageafter.com
    Also Deviantart.com is really good resource too.
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    • Profile picture of the author nellement
      Thanks Michael for some new ones I didn't know.
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      • Flickr with creative commons attribute for free photos... but for some often better quality photos I pay $1 USD per photo and get them from istockphoto
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkWrites
    I was going to recommend sxu.hu, but it looks like a number of people beat me to the punch.

    There is a wealth of good photos available through flickr that can be used under certain conditions. It was recommended earlier by ramkarthik (flickr), these are perfect for blogging. Just be sure you know what the usage rights are to whatever images you end up finding.
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  • Profile picture of the author LivingCovers
    sxu.hu, you sh'ld try out. I can see it's highly recommended here
    by warriors. I get some pixs from there sometimes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayllie
    Thanks for answering LB, I better not do that then:-)
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  • Profile picture of the author mogili
    Thanks for all the srouces. Can we take Flickr photos as free sources?. How about photobucket?
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    • Profile picture of the author Sunny Outside
      Originally Posted by mogili View Post

      Thanks for all the srouces. Can we take Flickr photos as free sources?. How about photobucket?
      I'm not sure about that. Here's an idea: create a Flickr account of your own. They're free. In setting one up you're bound to deal with their copyright clause. Come to think of it, I think the user has the option of reserving copyrights, or negating it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    I always start with http://www.morguefile.com as they have the most liberal usage license of anyone, no attribution, use for business, etc.

    www.Flickr.com probably has the best pics, but it's tough to find any that don't require at least attribution.
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    • Profile picture of the author Minisite Nerd
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      I always start with http://www.morguefile.com as they have the most liberal usage license of anyone, no attribution, use for business, etc.
      Good info. Thanks. I was not familiar with that site.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdboyle
    Here's a list I was given. Not checked them all out myself as yet but they all offer some sort of free image service even if by commons licence or attribution/linkage.

    AS I haven't got enough posts to put links in my message, pleas replace * with 't' and 3w with www

    h**p://3w.openphoto.net/
    h**p://3w.morguefile.com/
    h**p://3w.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/
    h**p://3w.pachd.com/free-images/index.html
    h**p://3w.freeclipartpictures.com/
    h**p://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi
    h**p://3w.freeimages.co.uk/
    h**p://3w.hooverstock.com/
    h**p://geekphilosopher.com/MainPage/photos.htm
    h**p://3w.freefoto.com/index.jsp
    h**p://3w.123rf.com/freeimages.php
    h**p://3w.imageafter.com/
    h**p://3w.fws.gov/pictures/
    h**p://images.jsc.nasa.gov/
    h**p://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
    h**p://3w.photolib.noaa.gov/
    h**p://3w.usda.gov/oc/photo/opclibra.htm
    h**p://pdphoto.org/
    h**p://3w.stockvault.net/
    h**p://3w.fotogenika.net/modifica/igallery.asp
    h**p://3w.mayang.com/textures/ (textures only)
    h**p://freelargephotos.com/
    h**p://yotophoto.com/
    h**p://3w.princetonol.com/groups/ia...s/clipart.html
    h**p://3w.bigfoto.com/
    h**p://3w.wpclipart.com/
    3w.dreamstime.com/free-photos
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