The following article is a list of photo resources that we use on a regular basis. We do not have any affiliation with the companies, but like to use them from time to time.
As a media company, we quite often need visual aspects to our productions and although we provide a large stock of royalty free music and sound effects, we do not have any visual content so we have to source it from elsewhere.
When clients ask about stock photos we send them to these sites:
This is a source of premium content including photo images, graphics and video. It is ideal for marketing / digital agencies.
If you are using the content for the web the prices are reasonable too. Images cost from £0.63 for web use.
If you are making HD videos then you will need to have a reasonable budget, short 10-20 second videos seem to be in the £30-£50 region. It is not unreasonable for the quality but you just need to be aware that adding lots of these stock video clips will add a few hundred pound or dollars to your overall budget requirement.
If you are looking to create presentations, and want to be more budget conscious then this site might be for you. It is subscription based and there is seemingly no limit to the amount of photos, illustrations, animations and fonts you can download. A yearly subscription to this site is £68
The animation factory is similar to clipart.com but focusses on PowerPoint templates, video backgrounds, and animated clipart. Again, this is for users with a lower budget with a yearly subscription starting at $59.
This site offers totally free stock images. Granted, the quality is not as good as the paid for ones and there is less choice, but, for free you cannot really grumble. If you have no budget and wish to use images this site is worth a look.
In addition to these, I know of this link on Photoshop support for free stock photos. I have not used any of these on the list but it may be worth a look if you are strapped for cash and in need of images.
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