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Text is much more compelling if you illustrate it with a photo. If you don’t have the time, or the skill, to take your own pictures, there are several free stock image libraries available; many WebWorkerDaily posts are illustrated with images from stock.xchng, for example. However, […]

esplogo Text is much more compelling if you illustrate it with a photo. If you don’t have the time, or the skill, to take your own pictures, there are several free stock image libraries available; many WebWorkerDaily posts are illustrated with images from stock.xchng, for example. However, sometimes it’s hard to find exactly the right type of image, and jumping from one online stock library to another can take time. That’s where free meta-search engine Everystockphoto can help.

Everystockphoto searches millions of free stock photos from many different sources, including Flickr, stock.xchng, morgueFile and FreeRange. Enter a search term, and Everystockphoto returns the results in a series of easy-to-navigate thumbnails.

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Helpfully, at the bottom left of each thumbnail is an icon that represents the image’s license — mousing over the icon reveals more detail — that lets you see at a glance whether the image is suitable for you. You can also use Advanced Search options to limit your results to images of a certain size or shape, those with a particular license, or from a specified source.

Everystockphoto Advanced Search

Everystockphoto Advanced Search

Clicking on a thumbnail reveals a larger image, together with more information about the photo, including license, image size, the name of the photographer and more. The highest-resolution version of the image is available through the “Full Size” link. If you’re a member of the site, you can also rate, tag and comment on images.

Picture 14Similar to the “lightboxes” found on stock.xchng and other image sites, Everystockphoto enables you to make “collections” of suitable images. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see a row of empty boxes — you can drag and drop photos into these boxes to build up collections of suitable images.

Everystockphoto collections

Everystockphoto collections

If you’re looking for an easy way to search for free stock photography, Everystockphoto is highly recommended.

What sites do you use for searching for searching for stock photography?

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By Simon Mackie
  1. Wow! Awesome resource. Thanks!

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    1. Glad to be of help :)

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  2. [...] Looking for Free Stock Photos? Try Everystockphoto (tags: images photography) [...]

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  3. Thank for the great free photo link! I am building a new site and this is very helpful!

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  4. [...] Looking for Free Stock Photos? Try Everystockphoto (tags: stock photos resources) [...]

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  5. The license of quite a few of the photos is not reflected correctly.
    Better check at the original site and the license model referrer (e-g- Creative Commons etc.) to avoid any issues.

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  6. Mr Mackie, do you have any suggestions for photographers who no longer can make a living with their photography because of websites like the one you are promoting? Do you work for free? And if so, how do you pay your bills?

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    1. @Ed Book

      If you hadn’t noticed, the site lets you search by license. If its not free it should say so. Granted, many photos posted on such sites are not the original works, but then I could pull pictures off any website too, it doesn’t change the license. Forcing the issue is usually counter productive. Example: The video game Spore contains one of the most restrictive DRM packages known in video games, but within a matter of months it became the most widely pirated game in history. Example: When MP3 sharing became popular the music industry spent a lot of money trying to force the issue, when they finally embraced the technology they made more than ever before, in spite of the still prevalent music piracy.

      You can look to blame a lot of things on why your not making money with your photography. Personally I believe the advent of the quality digital camera is whats making the work of professional photography less valued by the market. But the fact is, things change, and its your fault if you are unable to adapt to that change. If you make a quality product, it will stand out. If your product is NOT quality… then really you were exploiting the market before.

      Peace

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      1. Zeke and Simon… if you read my comment accurately, you’ll see that I didn’t mention that free stock photos were hurting my business…

        the quality or perceived quality of ‘free’ is zero

        Peace

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    2. Ed — I’m sorry if you think that free stock photography is damaging your business, but I’m afraid that it’s a trend that’s not going to stop. Quality photographers will always find people willing to pay for their work — free stock photography fills a niche at the bottom of the market for people who were unwilling to pay for photography in the first place (illustrating blog posts for example, where there just isn’t any budget for it). If you notice, free stock sites like this one are usually sponsored by the paid stock libraries. Stock.xchng was recently bought by istockphoto. Free stock photos must be good promo tools for paid stock.

      And in response to your question about working for free: Most freelancers in all fields do spec work to some extent.

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  7. [...] meta search site EveryStockPhoto which was recently the subject of a favorable write up at Web Worker Daily. I spent just 5 seconds on the site before realizing that it had enormous potential. But, after 5 [...]

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  8. [...] Everystockphoto is a free stock photography site. It looks like it’s a meta-search for other sources of free stock photos. [...]

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  9. [...] Web Worker Daily “Looking for Free Stock Photos? Try Everystockphoto” – It’s often difficult to find the perfect picture to accompany your blog post, or to use in the background of your website. Everystockphoto.com to the rescue! Scan the site for an easy-to-download image to enhance your text. Best of all, all photos are free-of-charge. [...]

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