August 22, 2011, Posted by Kevin Mullett in big stuff, internet tools, little stuff, marketing tools, photography

in SEARCH OF STOCK photography

Stock photography sites, services, and articles that discuss them are plentiful across the web. I decided to put my own spin on it by sharing a list of tools I have discovered over the years for searching out images and photography in general.  These are multi site photography searches for when you are looking for stock photography for web design, blogging, presentation slides, fun, and for marketing projects. While some of these are free stock photography searches, always check the license details. And if you are looking for actual stock photography agencies, see my stock photography mega list.

Before we get started on our search for stock photography, I want to provide a brief overview and reminder that paying close attention to the various forms of copyright law can save you a lot of grief and money in the long run.

  • Public domain means that the photographer has waived his rights and is opening it up for anyone to use with no expectation of attribution, disclosure, or remuneration or that it is an old photograph past the copyright statute which us is often set as the lifetime of the creator plus (50-75) years. Copyright statue varies so please check carefully.
  • Works of the United States Government is a more rare designation, frequently unknown, and are also free to be used with out the need for backlinks, credit, or remuneration, but must be checked carefully.
  • Creative Commons on the other hand lets the photographer (copyright holder) specify terms of use, such as non-commercial, no derivative works, or that it must include an attribution. Please note that just because a photographer designates that he/she is releasing the image under a creative commons license doesn’t mean they hold model releases for any persons depicted.
  • All Rights Reserved. You have to pay someone to use it, if in fact they are willing to allow it be used.

Search across many stock photography sites at once:

Search flickr: (NOTE: Just because you find an image does not mean you have rights to use it! Always confirm usage rights.)

Other search tools: (NOTE: Just because you find an image does not mean you have rights to use it! Always confirm usage rights.)

Good old fashion search engine searches:

Unique tools:

  • — free Firefox or Internet Explorer add on for identifying if an image licensing and where it can be purchased from.
  • — free tool for verifying you have rights to use an image under creative commons license.
  • – shows what pictures are trending on twitter.
  • — Online Stock Photo Market Analysis, i.e. search to see how in demand stock photography is for given keywords
  • – A WordPress plug-in that allows you to quickly find creative commons and paid images, and correctly attribute them, from the WordPress interface.

Did I miss one of your favorites? Leave a comment below or shoot me a message via @kmullett on twitter. Check out this post if you are looking for stock photography sites. You can also see my photography on flickr.

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