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Does anyone have any suggestions as to royalty-free stock images for use on websites - the sort of pictures of people, offices etc that you see on sites such as http://www.microsoft.com/ - we want to update a couple of our sites to be more friendly-looking and approachable by scattering a few images like these around.

The major players seem to be Corbis and Getty Images - any other ones that you recommend I check out?

Duncan Smart
Friday, June 11, 2004

PS by "royalty-free" I don't mean free to buy. By royalty-free I mean that once you've purchased the photo you can re-purpose/re-use it in a variety of ways... ie. we are expecting to spend money!

Duncan Smart
Friday, June 11, 2004

http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ has loads of really good free photos - you don't have to pay for them, but they are royalty free.

r1ch
Friday, June 11, 2004

http://www.comstock.com

Brian
Friday, June 11, 2004


I think one of the companies that does this is "Getty" or something like that.

Within the graphics arts community, there are literally dozens of different subscriptions and repositories you can buy.  My mother is a graphic artist and has accumulated dozens of CD's of this data over the years.

KC
Friday, June 11, 2004

Right here:

http://www.istockphoto.com/

Yoey
Friday, June 11, 2004

" sites such as http://www.microsoft.com/ "

Ironically, I believe the Bill Gates owns Corbis, a major stock photo company.

Mark Hoffman
Friday, June 11, 2004

Go get a digital camera and walk around your office with it.  That way you not only don't have to pay royalties, you outright own the photos, and as an added bonus they are a true representation of your company!

anon
Friday, June 11, 2004


"Go get a digital camera and walk around your office with it.  That way you not only don't have to pay royalties, you outright own the photos, and as an added bonus they are a true representation of your company! "

Probably not a good idea unless you are a skilled photographer.....

Mark Hoffman
Friday, June 11, 2004

"Go get a digital camera and walk around your office with it."

Hmm... interesting.  Looks like Programming isn't the only job that people think is easy to do.

Our software has a lot of photos. We took our own photos for years. Large objects (like a house or tree) can be a pain because you can't control the distractions in the background. Small objects are better, because you can set up a little "studio" with nuetral backgrounds, etc. 

But, I figure it took us about an hour to take 5 or so photos. (including setup, retaking photos, etc.).

We now use Hemerra photo objects. Great deal, searchable by KEYWORD.  royalty free.
Yes, anyone can TAKE a photo. But not a good photo.

Challenges:

1. Lighting
2. Distracting background.
3. Subject is dirty,e tc. (car in the photo needs cleaning, etc.)

Mr. Analogy
Friday, June 11, 2004

Hemera looked good at first, but really the photos are not great.  I you are looking for nice stock photos, I would try www.istockphoto.com only if you are on a small budget.  There are some great hidden gems there, but you'll waste a lot of time trying to find stuff for business/office looking stuff.

In my experience shopping for stock photos, Digital Vision http://www.digitalvision.com/ *always* has the best looking images.  Most sites that you use to search on will search all the major providers like Getty, Corbis, Photodisc, etc.  I like to use www.gettyimages.com for searching.  I often find Digital Vision returning the really striking images, but the downside is that they are the most expensive.  For a royalty free web-res photo (800x600) they cost $70, where a lot of other places range from $20-$50.

Comstock is a complete waste of time.

Clay Whipkey
Friday, June 11, 2004

Inane as this suggestion sounds, GoDaddy.com (the domain registrar) has a $29.95 two CD library of free stock photography. Pictures of lots of "things" such as business objects, some people, common household things, etc.

They're not great but the quantity is fairly large and the price is right.

However, this is not the selection to use if you have very specific requirements, say, "Chisel jawed executive with perfect hair handing important contract documents to voluptuous fashion model -cum- secretarial assistant".

PS: a photographer I met a while back ranted to me that Bill Gates has essentially destroyed the market for stock photography by buying outn a stock photo company and releasing the inventory for cheap.

Bored Bystander
Friday, June 11, 2004

Try these three:

http://www.morguefile.com/

http://www.imageafter.com/

http://www.bigfoto.com/

Alex Chernavsky
Friday, June 11, 2004

because hungarian stock photo site rules:

http://www.sxc.hu/


Sunday, June 13, 2004

Anyone know where I can find stock photos of guys w/big packages wearing nothing but speedos?

Elephant
Monday, June 14, 2004

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