I confess that I used to take photos from Google Images and use them in school projects and website design templates without a second thought. It wasn’t until I received a strongly worded letter from a Manhattan copyright lawyer, threatening legal action for my use of a 1 inch by 1 inch photo of a pumpkin, that I realized I had to find a better source for my imagery.
As a graduate student and website developer who’s been designing websites for more than a decade, I’ve discovered that one of the best ways to make information more interesting, more practical, and more palatable is to surround it with high quality images, photography, and illustrations. And I’ve amassed a collection of resources that I can browse through for a quick picture anytime I need a little extra visual “oomph.”
These photos work great for advertisements, brochures, presentations, Powerpoint presentations, papers (where appropriate – ask your instructor), website designs, and any kind of marketing or promotional material.
Note that some of these photos require that they not be used for business purposes and some require attribution (check the license on the website). But, mostly, you’re free to modify, copy, and distribute those photos in any way you’d like — all without asking permission or paying a dime.
So, without further ado, here’s my personal stockpile of 10 websites that I use regularly for royalty free stock photography: