Stock photos do not have to come with a huge price tag. In fact, some of the best do not even have to be obtained through an online subscription. There are websites that offer high quality photos without either.
It can be difficult to find decent quality free stock photos online. The time it takes to find just the right photo for your ad or website campaign can easily be spent doing something much more important. Yet, there you find yourself, searching for an image of a cup of coffee that will evoke the essence of your campaign. As simple an image as that would seem to be to find, you cannot do it.
Everywhere you look you either have to sign up and pay a lot for that simple image, or you have to subscribe to pay an entire year for that one photo. You do not need to search harder, you need to search smarter.
If you cannot get your own photos taken of just what you look for, search for truly free stock photography. There are many talented photographers and studios that look to give some of their art away for free. It helps them get noticed, and it helps you complete your website or ad campaign.
All in all, it is a win-win for both parties. You can find what you need and enjoy high-quality resolution art and all you have to do is be sure to credit the source back online or through your print ads. This type of crediting is often called a Creative Commons “attribute” license.
CC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping artists share their work with professionals like you who need it. You do not have to spend lots of money or time to get the stock you need. Just follow the tips above.