admin on August 11th, 2013

The Benefits of Using Free Photos Online
A free stock photo can work wonders for you. In fact, creative individuals use stock imagery to make art, posters, graphic designs as well as birthday card. You can do a number of original and interesting things with stock photos. In addition, stock imagery is copyright free and completely legal to use. On the contrary, going to a website and stealing an image for further use can put your work at jeopardy.This/tag helps explain it more. Therefore, you should use Read the rest of this entry »

Whether you are a web designer, graphic designer, or are just looking for some photos to use or edit for your own reasons, you are probably wondering where you can go to get some quality stock photos to work with. After all, as you should know, you cannot simply pick and choose any image from the web to download and edit; doing so could result in a copyright infringement case against you, and this is the last thing that you want. Read the rest of this entry »

admin on April 14th, 2013

How to Choose the Right Stock Photo for Your Article/Website

Finding the right photo for a website or blog can be time consuming and difficult. The online creator has a photo idea to go along with the blog or website article topic, but searching the internet for the perfect photo can be daunting.

It may be tempting to do an online search, find the perfect photo and stick it on to the website. This has the potential to get the user in a lot of trouble. The fact that a photo is online does not make it free domain for anyone to use.

There are certain sites that website and blog creators can visit that have free photos and vector images for download. These are a few of the sites that have many beautiful pictures for download at no charge to the customer. They all require a sign-up process, though.

Free sites

Stock.xchng

Stock.xchng has thousands of free stock photos. The search function is easy to use. The customer can browse by keyword or by using a drop down menu of categories such as abstract, background or interiors. A website administrator could essentially build their whole website with graphics and photos from this site.

http://www.sxc.hu/

Stockvault

Stockvault doesn’t require a customer to register for the site before downloading pictures. They have some beautiful images, but not as many as Stock.xchng. It’s definitely another viable search option.

http://www.stockvault.net

Free range stock

Free range stock has hundreds of vector images and photo options for web developers, website creators and bloggers. The search can give some unexpected results so finding the exact picture through keyword search can be time consuming. They have a variety that is worth sifting through.

http://freerangestock.com/

Rules

Even free sites have rules about photo use. Photographers upload their work and most get to decide how it’s used. Lots of photographers and artists allow unlimited use of their photos as long as you link back and attribute the work to them; basically give credit where it’s due.

This is not an unreasonable request. Website creators can add a caption under the photo and a link to the photographer.

Other photographers do not allow commercial use of their photos. People downloading may not resell the photos on their own website, or use the photos in commercial work that they are selling to someone else. For example, the photos cannot be used as-is for e-book cover art for sale.

Royalty-free

This can be a confusing phrase. This does not mean free photo for the public to use wherever they want. Royalty-free means only that the customer can pay for the photo once, but can use it as many times as he or she wants. When searching for free photos, don’t get confused about royalty-free. Those pictures are not free.

Even free photos have rules, so before downloading and posting a photo, be sure to read the guidelines of the photo source website and read the limits from the photographer. A good guideline to live by is always attribute the work to its creator. Never claim work that was created by someone else.

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admin on March 26th, 2013

Finding high-quality and professionally made photos for your marketing materials, publications and other needs may be done for far less than you might have expected to pay. Services that offer access to a wide selection of stock photos can provide you with the perfect options for any of your printing or online publication needs, all without costing you a dime. Exploring the options and discovering what the top 5 places to get free photos online have to offer can be an important part of any effort to save on costs and the expenses that are Read the rest of this entry »

admin on June 29th, 2012

Whether you are working on a personal project or a project for work, using stock photography is most often recommended when working with design in print and even online. Stock photography ranges from classic photos of people and places to up-close shots of fruit, animals, and even specific emotions. When you use stock photography, you are able to share any type of vision you have with your audience, whether it is in a magazine or on a website. Read the rest of this entry »

admin on June 27th, 2012

Downloading stock photos can be an easy and worthwhile way to spruce up a website. As a business owner, you are probably looking for ways to make your website more attractive. There is no easier way to achieve this than by choosing a stock photo that is legal for you to use that enables your customers to feel at home on your site. You may be wondering how you can download these images and what you can do with them when you finally have them on your computer.

In order to download the images, you Read the rest of this entry »

If you are redecorating your company’s website, you may find stock photos to be highly beneficial. These types of images are completely free for you to use so that you do not have to worry about crediting the photo’s owner. The best way for you to find professional photos is to simply search for them. You should figure out what type of image you are looking for so that you can find something that goes along with that look. From there, you will be able to put the images right onto your very own website for new customers to see. Read the rest of this entry »

admin on June 24th, 2012

If you’ve ever found yourself in need of good, quality pictures but you don’t know any photographers, chances are good that you’ve tried to find good websites for stock photos. Whether you’re building a website or designing a book cover doesn’t matter; when you need an eye-grabbing image and you can’t take it yourself (and you can’t afford a photographer of your own), stock pictures get the job done.

The beauty of stock photos is that you can use them for whatever you need without paying for the rights to print them. So if you’re a small magazine or newspaper, Read the rest of this entry »

admin on June 23rd, 2012

Newspapers have to play by the rules too

No one wants to see their photos show up in a publication if they have not given permission to use them. This is a violation of copyright law and is a very serious matter. Newspaper publishers have to be very aware of this when they publish an image alongside a story. When they do this, they must make sure that they either have permission to use the image or that the image is a free stock photo.The full explanation can be Read the rest of this entry »