courtesy of one of my favorite readers!
I love Photography. That might be an understatement. I haven’t quite gotten confident enough to try and sell any of my photos as stock but I have used quite a few both here and on other sites. I also dabble with quite a bit of graphic and print design. However, when I can’t find a quality photo of my own I go shopping at Royalty free stock photo sites. I also think know that great looking photography is a must for any professional looking website. Darren Rowse at Problogger talks about the importance of using photos in blogs and if you have ever visited a website with no or very poor pictures you know know fast that can turn you off. I also know that most of us (me too!) don’t want to pay a ton for images for your blog or site. Thanks to flickr you can get quite a few great images if they have the right creative commons license. When you can’t find what I want on flickr or just want to make sure you are using a photo legally it is best to visit a good royalty free stock photography site.
With this in mind, I wanted to take some time and show you some reasons why I chose iStockphoto for the bulk of my stock photo needs.
1. Free stock photos. 30 to be exact. It’s my motto, “If it’s free, it’s for me!”…we all love free so why fight it. Sign up and download 30 free stock photos (from a selection of 50, but they are great high resolution images)
2. They are the “exclusive” holders of the Awesomeness Poster stock photo “Vapor Trail.” That’s right. For all of you lovers of How I Met Your Mother and Barney’s Awesomeness Poster this is the only stock photo site with the original photo. (more…)