Where did you get that photo?
A lot of people have been commenting lately as to the nature of the images that I use. On occasion I do manage pry myself away from my desk and actually shoot stuff myself. However, that does tend to require some real effort and sometimes I just can’t (Just kidding.) No really, I do enjoy shooting although I don’t always have the shot I need for the effect I want. That’s the beauty of stock photography. Nothing makes your work day easier than letting someone else do the leg work for you. Did I just write that out loud? At any rate, I often use iStockphoto.com for my stock image needs. They have a pretty impressive collection of images. They also have illustrated graphics and even video clips, all at extremely affordable rates. You can search around for free before even purchasing. Check it out here.
Or if you are like most people and don’t want to pay for your stock images, you can go to http://www.morguefile.com
Hi-def stock images. All free.
I had the chance to meet some of the iStockphoto crew at Photoshop World in Las Vegas and they shared this promotion that they are running in conjunction with Layers Magazine.
30 FREE images from 60 of their hottest shots and 5 credits when you join iStockphoto via this link. W00t!
Thanks for the info about morgue file and there’s an interesting assortment of images on file.
However the quality of iStock images is excellent & available at different resolutions and doesn’t require any exposure adjustments.
There’s also http://www.sxc.hu
Of course, with them being free sites, the quality can be fairly hit and miss, but they are good alternatives if you can’t afford to buy professional stock.
I rarely use stock photography, but when I do, it’s always iStock. I used iStock photos combined with my own elements to create the composite for my blog banner (take-out box + my logo, blank stack of photos + my own photos, and fortune cookie with a blank fortune that I change every month). The price of the photos was well worth the time I saved.