Having looked around the web the past few months for free RF images, I'm really impressed with the offering on Dreamstime which seems to have one of the biggest and best selections and the easiest database to search within.
As the administrator for a small law firm's website, one of my more recent tasks is to further develop the content and presentation in the news and articles sections. With a limited budget to manage the site overall I haven't a lot to spend on images right now, so freebies have been a huge help to get things started.
Because we've gone for a very local feel, most of the imagery across the site includes photos I have taken myself. The DIY approach!
But I needed A LOT more images for the article pages and of such variety that I just couldn't provide myself. Time for some stock photos!
I purchase images as I can, like this recent editorial example which was perfect for a recent news story (I was surprised how few images there were available of this sort given the current market conditions)…
But then I used this beautiful free image on the banner for this month's online newsletter (thank you to Kobra)…
I know various contributors have mixed feelings about providing free images; I reckon the arguments on both sides are equally valid and no one is right or wrong. Whatever works for you, but I'm glad that so many Dreamstime contributors have been generous with their free offerings!
For my part as a user of free images I would like to say that with Dreamstime providing comparative images to purchase alongside the free images search, it's easy to pick an image for purchase instead and I certainly do!
So to all those contributors who have provided free images… THANK YOU!!!
Here are a few more of my favourite freebies used recently and the link to the site where I'm using them if you're interested – www.barbertitleys.co.uk
– and if you're in the area and need legal advice just let me know! ;-)