It’s a rare week at Sutton Creative Studios if we don’t need to source images for one project or another. Actually, it’s a rare day. Between Facebook, Pinterest, Blog articles and client projects, we are constantly looking for pictures which are inexpensive, if not free, to use. Luckily, we have come across a few great sites for such purposes. As such, here are our favorite sites for photos:
• Flickr Creative Commons – Photos found on Flickr Creative Commons are free to use, however the artist must be credited for the image. This can easily be accomplished with a small watermark/credit on a corner of the image. I also credit the artist by including the title of the photo as well as the artist’s username when I name the file. This can be seen by clicking on the photo. Photos may not be resold, which limits them to use on your own blog and creative use projects.
• Stock.xchng – Photos on stock.xchng are comparable to photos found on big name (paid) sites like istockphoto.com. Image sizes are very large and appear to be very professional. While these are royalty-free and free-to-use images, like Flickr they may not be used on projects where you will make a profit. Also like Flickr, the photographer must be credited for his/her work.
• istockphoto.com – While most images on istockphoto.com will cost you money, by signing up for their newsletter you become eligible for their free weekly and monthly downloads. Regardless of what the free image is, I always download it just in case I have use for it later on down the road.
• Inmagine.com – None of inmagine.com’s images are free, however unlike most of the other big-name paying photo sites, Inmagine has a value section where visitors can purchase photos for $10. In case you don’t know, $10 for quality, royalty-free, usable images is astoundingly inexpensive.
When downloading images, I sort them into folders designating where I got them from. This gives me the peace of mind of knowing whether or not the image may be used on a product that will be resold, or whether I need to use it for private, Sutton Creative Studios-only use.
Do you have any other sites you like to use for images? Please share your thoughts in the comments field below.
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture.
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