SO what do you do for stock photos?

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I have purchased quite a few photos in iStock and it seems like people tell me all the time I'm crazy. do they not know that you cant just Google a pic and use it for personal or commercial uses?

I am wondering if there is a simple site or plugin or something where one could find "quality" photos for free. I would want to use them for commercial purposes of course.

Thanks fellow Warriors...
#photos #stock
  • Profile picture of the author tanay2088
    Try Foter. It's free and has a huge selection.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wolster
    Just do a search for free stock photos, there's loads of them out there.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      you will spend more time looking than finding. I would start out with an inexpensive photo site like 123stockphotos and as you make more money you can afford better photos. Or you can get something like, the big box of art, or many other image compilations that you can get for $29.00 or less

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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    It's not 100% guaranteed to cover you legally, but there are built-in advanced search features at Flickr and Google Images where you can find only those images that are licensed to be used commercially, even altered, for free. Just run a search at Google images and click the little gear icon in the upper right after the search is completed. Then click Advanced search and scroll down to the bottom to usage rights. Select the 'Free to use, share or modify, even commercially' option.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Morgue File is an excellent, free resource for stock photos.
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  • Profile picture of the author oWriter
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    I usually go to freedigitalphotos dot net. they have quite an impressive selection on different. niche
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  • Profile picture of the author Chrisb720
    I have an account on shutterstock, but it is expensive. There are a number of free ones though such as those mentioned above. Also a good Japanese one but can't remember the name off the top of my head!
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    • Profile picture of the author Daddioof4
      I always use search.creativecommons.org. They have an awesome interface which allows you to search for commercial use. There is however, a huge disclaimer down on the left. You should follow those directions every time you source a new image...Better to be safe then to end up with a cease and desist letter coming from some legal team!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    depositphotos.com - you can get practically any photo legally for about $1
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  • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
    I've been using Fotolia when I need quality, professional pictures. The prices aren't that bad and they have a HUGE selection, in a variety of formats. Plus, I know I'm getting the license I need to legally use the photo for commercial purposes.

    There are a lot of other great photo sites out there. My personal experience is with Fotolia.
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  • Profile picture of the author karolk
    A while ago, I wrote a tutorial on getting images for your blog: Where to Get the Images for Your Blog

    There's also my other tutorial on ProBlogger about how to use images (you might find it handy too): How to Use Images in Your Blog Posts : @ProBlogger
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  • Profile picture of the author jessiewriter
    I am addicted to Fotolia.
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    • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
      Originally Posted by jessiewriter View Post

      I am addicted to Fotolia.
      I don't think I'm addicted to Fotolia, but I certainly spend a lot of time on there. They have some amazing illustrations that I'd love to use some day. My light box is bursting at the seams.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLB
    search.creativecommons.org is an excellent resource for commercially viable images. Also, there are some high quality subscription based stock photo services that are pretty high quality and give you unlimited access to a range of images.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    A lot of times I do this really crazy thing.......and take my own photos.
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    • Profile picture of the author Taniwha
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      A lot of times I do this really crazy thing.......and take my own photos.
      That is, in most cases, a highly ineffective way of doing things. Yes, some photos you can take around the house in a few minutes, but what about the ones where you need to go out of your way to get?

      In iStock, you can change the filters to the lowest, and most pictures you'll find work out to be around $1.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    I pay $1 on photodune for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    You can get free images @

    1. The Leading Source Of Free Stock Photos - stock.xchng (my fav)
    2. Welcome to Flickr - Photo Sharing (be sure to set the search to "creative commons only" in the advanced search settings and credit each user when you use his/her image)

    Of course, there are others, but these two are my "go-to" image sites. You'll find something you need their. DON'T WASTE MONEY BUYING PHOTOS!
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  • Profile picture of the author ParkerFar
    Thanks for your suggestions ALL. I appreciate it. Very helpful...
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandgineering
    The insanity of not using a site like iStock...

    ...you don't want to be using photos or imagery that everyone else has used. Yes, Google does compare between the stock sites and what is on your web site.

    Stupid to do: keep using stuff that looks so inauthentic and canned that people know you are cheap. Cheap is as cheap does!

    Safest, shoot original pictures as much as possible. It is not that expensive.

    Don't use the free garbage that everyone does.

    $1-2 dollars for high quality content is not stupid. Being to cheap to pay the copyright holder for their work is stupid. The cheapest mentor always costs more in the long run.

    Please, can I not pay you for your work? It's a horrible attitude.
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  • Profile picture of the author monicawomble
    Go to Flickr, click the magnifying glass in the search box, then click on "advanced search'". On the next page, put in your search word, and be sure to check the boxes that say, "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content" and "Find content to use commercially".

    Also, I always credit the photographer for the photo. If I like it enough, and they're putting it out there for me to use for free, the least I can do is credit them and link their name to their Flikr account.
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  • Profile picture of the author DylanC
    Originally Posted by ParkerFar View Post

    I have purchased quite a few photos in iStock and it seems like people tell me all the time I'm crazy. do they not know that you cant just Google a pic and use it for personal or commercial uses?

    I am wondering if there is a simple site or plugin or something where one could find "quality" photos for free. I would want to use them for commercial purposes of course.

    Thanks fellow Warriors...
    You can go to Pixabay, SXC.hu and many others that have free photos. Unless you can't find the photos you want, then pay for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    I use scrapebox.
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  • Profile picture of the author 9999
    I agree with the Google option, although it is sometimes limited.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Justa word though... the only photos you can ever really trust are your own...

    Images can change rights in the future.... so dont get caught out....
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