Updated: Feb 19, 2019.
While writing and preparing materials for the websites, blogs, forums and other web resources the photos, illustrations, screenshots, etc are used. The webmaster is looking for the pictures and illustrations on the Internet, and most likely among the pictures of Yandex or Google. But the pictures from the search systems – they are posted images and photos on any of the sites and they are indexed, and you have just copied them on your website. How to find for your website unique and fresh photographs (illustrations) and to download them for free.
For these purposes there are special resources that have a huge database of photos – image banks or stock photography. Most of them are paid. But the prices on the pictures, of course, are not very high. In fact, if to sort things out, you don’t always need to spend money on the images. Sometimes it’s easier, cheaper and more convenient to find them in the variety of free stock photography.
Free stock photography have fairly large database of photos and different illustrations on various subjects, so you will find something suitable.
Today it is difficult to imagine the designer’s work without the use of banks and of stock photography. You can, of course, confine the search only by the images from leading search systems, such as Google Image Search, but to choose among the large variety of different pictures is quite difficult. Lately, by the way, the developers have improved the engine by adding filter for the color and the type of image, but it’s still better to use professional projects that have been created specifically for designers, and that hold in their bosom millions of materials for the web sites, graphic advertising, printing, etc. Before, the stock photos were used quite often in the newspaper industry, but now the image banks and stock photography become actively used by the designers. Such photobanks are as the huge online pharmacy, where everyone can find any product on your taste and color. For example, the online pharmacy SingaporeMedic.net has a wide assortment of drugs for the treatment of diseases from allergy to cardiovascular diseases and from diseases of the skin to sexual problems.
An important nuance of the growing popularity of photo banks, of course, is their availability – you can find almost any image in a matter of minutes. Thus, depending on the policies of the project you can easily do that for free or by paying small nominal price. Some bank images charge for the period of use that is useful for those who actively works in the field of design and is always in need of new materials. Nevertheless, in the World Wide Web you can find either free image banks or stock photography that offer no less selection of quality images.
Free sections in the traditional image banks.
Most image banks offer to download free pictures and images, some of them offer one file per week, some every day, and on some sites there are the whole sections with photos and illustrations for free download. Such sections often offer rather high quality materials but which, for some reason, are selling badly. The number and choice of such photos inferior much to the paid sections, but if you are not too critical for the quality and topics of the images, in the free section you can find something suitable. In general, buying photos in the banks is not too expensive, especially if it is not related to buying exclusive rights.
The reason why the image banks propose to download photos and illustrations for free is simple – it is a marketing ploy, in such way they try to attract new customers who will download one image and understand that they need something of better quality and they will return for purchase on this website. The authors also offer some files to download for attracting the buyers’ attention to their portfolio. Almost all major banks offer pictures and illustrations to download for free; such sections are on the site. To download the images you should just check in on the website, the registration is also free and does not require payment.