Looking for Free Stock Photos? Try Everystockphoto

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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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ForestWander Free Stock Nature Photography

I agree that it is hard to make a living when others are giving away work for free but, I find that you can give away your work and that people will pay for other things such as prints and other services.

I like the scripture that states “Give and it shall be given unto you”

Not that we give to get in return but that is just how things work…:)

AllOurStock

Plug here, but I really think you’ll like this one. It’s a completely 100% free stock photo, design and vector website.

Our site, http://www.allourstock.com is not spammy, it’s built around a nice, easy-to-use functional layout with easy drag-and-drop interface, and has a lot more planned for the future. Currently we have about 500 images but we have a database of over 7000 yet to be added and growing everyday. I personally shoot photos myself and create custom designs as well. All are available for person OR commercial use, most of which do not require attribution.

check us out on twitter as well, http://www.twitter.com/AllOurStock

Pay4Bugs

Awesome stuff! I’ve been hoping for something like this. We’ve sure come a long way from the hundred dollar images.

Time to go shop around for a website upgrade.

Ed Book

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?

Zeke Shadfurman

@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

Ed Book

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

Simon Mackie

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.

Michael

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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