Photographs are a vital tool for engaging overloaded audiences. And when you’re publishing online — be it a blog, e-newsletter or Web site — it’s easy to cut and paste in just the right shot. Presentation skills experts emphasize the impact of photos too — ideally screen size with text overlaid, rather than those deadly text bullet points. Unfortunately, photos can be very expensive, and rights issues a mess to deal with.
My solution of late is Stock.xchng for no- or low-cost photos. Some photos have restrictions in terms of type of use (e.g. not in pornography) and requests to contact and/or credit the photographer. But with those few steps, there are thousands of great photos here, yours for the taking.
Flickr is another great resource. Lots of great photos with few restrictions.
Nonprofit tech experts TechSoup has just released its list of free and low-cost photo sources. I hold with Stock.xchng as my source of choice, but find some of these recommendations great for specialty images. Take a look at the Yellowstone National Park digital photo file for no-charge nature shots (just inlude the "NPS photo" credit) and Mayang’s Free Texture Library of over 3,000 images of walls, signage, fabrics, nature, stone, plants and more.
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