This image of an office worker drowning in paperwork and waving a flag asking for help has a multitude of possible uses to illustrate work stress, work life balance and overworked themes etc. It is currently available for free from istockphoto.
A healthy natural looking attractive young woman using a laptop computer. It's a shot that always seems to be useful and is worth having several versions on file ready for when you need to create a design illustrating any sort of online activity. This one is isolated on white so easy to drop into designs and/or work around. Better still it is available for free from Dreamstime!
Grab the full size file (3788x2500 pixels 9.5 MP) here.
Bigstock is a hugely improved stock source since the Shutterstock takeover and they currently have a tempting promotion; for every credit used downloading images between now and May 20th you get an entry into the draw to win an ipad2.
Those ipads are certainly great for showcasing images and designs so if you fancy one for free it could be worth making Bigstock your first port of call for stock images over the next few weeks. Good luck!
Most of the microstock sites offer free images in addition to their low price photos. The way each site approaches having a free offering does vary quite a bit from the minimal but high quality offerig from istock to the excellent resource of Dreamstime's free collection.
Fotolia maintain a small but regularly updated collection on thier site. However they now also have a facebook page which if you do the facebook thing is worth checking out to access a larger number of free stock photos from Fotolia.
If you haven't previously checked out DepositPhotos now is a good time to visit! They are a relatively new site with fresh content and some nice inovative ideas like sms licenses and short term subscriptions. The later can be really handy when you do sometimes need more images than usual for a short period and it makes sense to sign up with a stock library to cover a busy period.
At the moment DepositPhotos are offering 7 day subscriptions for free with an allowance of 5 image downloads a day. So you can get 35 images totally free! That could well be all you need for your next project and certainly sounds like an offer too good to refuse!
With summer fast approaching (yay!) here's a great useful and of course free stock photo from Dreamstime.
The watermelon is a bit of a staple for designers working on summer themes, and why not? It communicates the pleasures of the warmer months easily and quickly. Grab the full high resolution image here.