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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Free image of young woman outdoors

Here's a nice shot of an attractive young woman looking at the camera while relaxing outdoors in a natural setting. The full resolution file is 4368x2912 pixels.

Click here to download the full resolution file from Dreamstime.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Free series of lifestyle stock photos

Positive lifestyle images are always in demand and it is often useful to have a series of photos featuring the same subject. These aren't so easy to find however so I'm particularly pleased to showcase this great series featuring a young woman enjoying a beautiful sunny day in a field of yellow flowers. All the images are available for free as high resolution 10mp RF stock photos from Dreamstime. Click the individual images to go to the download pages.

Friday, April 16, 2010

While it is great to get photos to use for free it is worth keeping in mind why the photographers behind the work might be offering their shots for nothing. Whether it is simply the desire to see their images in use or a marketing tool to promote the image or their work generally there is usually something the end user of a free image can do help and show their appreciation.

Using free photos from Flickr typically requires attribution crediting the photographer and linking back to their image on Flickr. This obviously rewards the photographer with exposure for their work and a link which in internet seo (search engine optimisation) terms has real value. For photographers who do also license their work for fees this exposure and link building can be a valuable return for distributing some images for free use. If you've used an image from a photographer on Flickr be sure to properly link to the image page and if possible to their profile and any personal website they may have. Many photographers will also appreciate an email letting them know where and how you've used their work. It is always great to know someone has appreciated your work and the 'tearsheet' can be valuable to a photographer showing their work to potential clients.

Many photographers who usually license images for a fee will also allow some limited free use of images as a way of marketing their work. This may mean giving away odd images to gain exposure or allowing the free use of web size low resolution images but charging for the full size version. The free images available on most of the microstock websites are a good example of this. They are all the work of contributors who are licensing their work for royalties but have decided to make some images available for free. Generally speaking the motivation for this will be to raise their profile on the site temporarily and promote their portfolio. The Dreamstime free images section is one of the best in the micro stock photography sector and it can be seen each free image is shown alongside images from the rest of the photographers portfolio. Often these will be related or similar images, so a great way to thank a photographer for their free image is to buy one of their other photos!

However you do it, keep in mind the value of what you've been granted in a free photo and, whenever possible, try to give something back to the photographer in return.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Beautiful landscape free stock photo

This would make a great desktop background or background for a design needing associations with nature, summer and the outdoors. The full resolution file is 3264x2448 pixels. Download it here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Photo of Spring flower blooming

After a long harsh winter the joys of Spring are certainly very welcome in the Northern hemisphere! It is a wonderful season when the sun finally brings some warmth, the light is brighter and the blooming Spring flowers are symolic of everyone's lifting spirits!

This Royalty Free image is available for free use. Download the high resolution 10mp file from Dreamstime.

Woman reading book free stock photo

Free stock photo of a young woman reading a book outside in warm Spring sunshine.

Get the full resolution file (2312x3472 pixels) good for printing up to A4 size here.