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Royalty Free Stock Photography
By Sharon Housley
Stock photography websites contain thousands
of existing photographs that can be licensed for specific
uses. A customer who uses stock photography instead
of hiring a photographer can save time, effort and money.
Typically publishers can either purchase exclusive rights
to a single image or they can purchase a subscription
of sorts. The subscriptions allow publishers to download
a limited number of photos over a specified period of
Stock photo websites allow webmasters,
marketers and publishers to locate pictures for their
marketing and promotional materials without the hassle
of organizing a photo shoot. With copyright laws businesses
must be very careful in using unlicensed photos.
There are also risks to using "free" photographs.
Many of the free websites contain collaborative works
from multiple photographers and artists. While the websites
attempt to monitor the images in their collections in
violation of copyright laws, there are no guarantees.
If you opt to use photographs or images from a free
portal, it is important to keep this in mind.
The following are a large number of reputable
stock photo websites available:
Photo-Wizard.net - The Photo-Wizard's
website contains thousands of fantastic, high-quality
photographs, in more than 30 categories. Photos can
be used on websites, in promotional materials or educational
materials. The Photo-Wizard's stock photo directory
is packed with eye-catching photos that will meet the
needs of graphic designers and webmasters looking for
exceptional quality images at reasonable prices. The
site is filled with inexpensive, professional quality
royalty free photographs. There is no longer a need
to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a single
photograph. Single images can be purchased for $.99
each or subscriptions can be purchased for $49.95 -
Photo Wizard - http://www.photo-wizard.net
Photos.com - Photos.com contains
professional royalty-free stock photographs available
via a subscription. Pay only a single fee and download
up to 250 photos from the Photos.com collection per
day. The photos.com collection contains more than 325,000
professional quality stock photographs. Subscriptions
can be purchased for $149.95 - $ 699.95 .
Photos.com - http://www.photos.com
ClipArt.com - The ClipArt website
is exceptional, known for its large variety. You can
filter images based on file formats, (photographs, photo
objects or clipart) so only the specified format appears
in the search results. Subscription can be purchased
for $ 17.99 - $ 269.99.
ClipArt - http://www.clipart.com
Morguefile.com - The term "morgue
file" is popular in the newspaper business to describe
a file that holds past issues. The purpose of this site
is to provide free image reference material for use
in all creative pursuits. Photos on Morguefile can be
used free of charge, but only for personal use; but
are not available for commercial or business use.
MorgueFile - http://www.morguefile.com
PixelPerfectDigital.com - PixelPerfectDigital
contains 4,000 images. The website uses a forum format
to display the images, many of which are clipart rather
than photographs. The images can be used free of charge
for personal use.
Pixel Perfect Digital - http://www.pixelperfectdigital.com/free_stock_photos/
StockVault.net - StockVault contains
photos and logos that are free for non-commercial use.
They have additional image packs available for fixed
StockVault - http://www.stockvault.net
Free-Photographs.net - The Free
Photographs Network is an online resource for royalty-free
stock photographs for non-commercial use. The collection
is very limited and a search function specifically for
the site is not available.
Free Photographs - http://www.free-photographs.net
FreeStockPhotos.com - Photographs
on Free Stock Photos can be used free of charge for
non-commercial use, but the photograph must include
credits to FreeStockPhotos.com when used on the Internet,
in a web page, in printed publications, or in any product,
advertising, or packaging. This credit, however, may
be cropped out or digitally removed from the photograph
if it is included in readable type near each photograph,
group of photographs, in the text, or in the credits.
The collection is limited and a search function is not
Free Stock Photos - http://www.freestockphotos.net
FreePhotos.com - FreePhotos is
a collaborative website that contains photos. The website
contains many different image categories, but not a
large variety in each category. In order to download
an image users must register.
Free Photos - http://www.freephotos.com
ArtFavor.com - ArtFavor contains
a limited selection of small high-quality photographs.
The images are not available for commercial use.
ArtFavor - http://www.artfavor.com/types.php?type=12
FreeDigitalPhotos.net - The photos
on Free Digital Photos can be used for commercial and
non commercial interests. If the images are used for
promotional items (greeting cards, mugs, t-shirts, screen
savers) there is a $ 20.00 charge for the use of each
image. Some images also stipulate that they require
a link back to the FreeDigitalPhotos website.
Free Digital Photos - http://www.freedigitalphotos.net
FreePhotosBank.com - Free Photos
Bank is a collaborative website with a number of attractive
photos. Photos contained on the Free Photos Bank are
from a variety of photographers and the reprint permissions
Free Photos Bank - http://www.freephotosbank.com
DesignPacks.com - Design Packs
offers free, high-quality image collections that can
be used in both personal and commercial web design projects.
Each collection features a group of 15 images that share
a common theme.
Design Packs - http://www.designpacks.com
ShutterStock - Shutterstock is
a large subscription-based stock photo agency. They
have an outstanding collection of premium, royalty-free
photographs, illustrations, and vectors. Subscription
can be purchased for $ 199.00 - $1,999.00 and allow
subscribers to download up to 25 images per day.
ShutterStock - http://www.shutterstock.com/
ComStock - ComStock contains a
large collection of royalty-free images. ComStock offers
three purchase options images can be purchased individually,
CD options are available or publishers can purchase
a subscription for $299 - $1999.00 which allows them
to download up to 50 images per day.
ComStock - http://www.comstock.com
These are all a number of options available
for webmasters and publishers in need of images for
marketing campaigns or packaging. Regardless of the
website selected, be sure to read the agreement terms
carefully to ensure that you are adhering to the guidelines.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds
and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for
audio recording and editing software.
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