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Stock Photos - Why Pay When You Can Get Them For Free?

kurt
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Stock Photos - Why Pay When You Can Get Them For Free?

I was looking at some pictures for my website over at istockphoto. After I found some. Then I decided to see if I could find the same images doing a bing image search. And I did find some of the same images that I saw over at istock. They are charging like $40 for an image that you can get for free - what is up with that? I assumed that each image at Istock was unique and that they only sale each image one time. But, if I'm seeing the same image on other websites, that can't be the case.

What is up with this, does anybody know? Am I not understanding correctly how istockphoto works? Why would someone what to pay for an image they can get for free?
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cecille.l
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Hi Kurt,

Stock images and photos are created and used to fulfill a creative or design need. These images do not come free, and not all of them are unique. People need to pay a license to download and use these images on their website, or on their art project, advertisement, etc. The license fee is to cover for the cost of creating the image (hiring photographer, model, lighting, graphic editor, etc).

The images you find on search engines like Google and Bing does not necessarily mean "free". These images may be copyrighted by the blog/site owners who paid the license fee to use these images on their site. If you find an image on these search engines that you want to use on your site then I suggest you check with the website you're getting them from and ask if it's ok to use the images on your own site.

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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aletta
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Most of the images on iStock won't be $40 for the size that you need. I'd typically expect to pay $5 or less for a "small" (web-sized) image. There are some premium images that they like to sprinkle through, but mostly for photos... not that much.

If you were thinking of buying an image and you just happened to see the same image on another site, you *could* just pinch it from them. Kind of like you *could* just steal music from the internet, or download movies instead of going to the theatre. Just be aware that it's not really legal, and the copyright owner could come after you.

If you don't feel like paying, there are a number of free stock imagery sites around the internet. Just Google "free stock photos".

Like Cecille says, it's not such a good idea to just take images from other sites, if you're not sure they're in the public domain. People can get kind of funny about that.
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kurt
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Okay, I see how that works now. Istock can sale the same pictures over and over again. I wonder how you'd start a site like that.

Anyway, thanks for the tips
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clausont5
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A couple of stock image websites that I like to use are Dreamstime.com which has a free image area with a very limited selection of free images and 123rf.com which has a very good selection of images for good prices. I typically buy images from them for about $1 us each.
Note: I have no association or affiliation with these sites. I just use them.
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terry.lewandowski
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Like everyone says on here, its best to pay for images that are copyrighted as people put work into creating them and should be compensated.

That being said, I saw an article today that Getty Images is now allowing free use of their images if you use their code to embed the photo (which includes their logo and a clickable link). The drawback is that you may not want their logo on your site (may detract from the sales pitch). And of course their images may not be what you are looking for.

The article I read is here:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/getty-makes ... -1.2562586

Their site is here:
http://www.gettyimages.ca/

Good luck!
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