If you're a speaker or presenter, knowing where to find solid images for your talks is crucial. Whether you have money to spend for the right photos or need to take advantage of free resources, stock photo options today are almost limitless. On the high end services like iStockPhoto and ShutterStock offer a massive catalog of pricier photos and graphic art elements. If you're on a limited (or free) budget for images, new resources are filling in the gaps with cheaper, niche artwork.
Before you dive into grabbing images from across the web for your slides, here are a few articles that explain the differences in licensing for commercial and editorial projects, and what rights are available.
Upwork.com: Your Guide to Photography Rights & Licenses
And now, our 10 favorite resources for unique images! Some free, some paid, all awesome. Happy downloading!
All photos published on Unsplash fall under the CC0. Subscribe for free to receive 10 new photos in your inbox every 10 days (insider secret: sometimes they send you more because they “just couldn’t wait 10 whole days!”). You can also visit their website to view and download past collections – so a subscription isn’t necessary. Sometimes a collection has a particular theme (nature, architecture), but most often it is a medley of artistic and gorgeous photos of people, places and things. The site is searchable, making it easy to find exactly what you need --like the Fourth of July photo below:
Flickr is a great tool for accessing free photos. Users worldwide upload and tag photos. Works can either be “All Rights Reserved”, which is essentially viewable but not useable to the public, or under the CC0 – or what Flickr refers to as “The Commons." Search for a photo using the search bar and then filter result based on what kind of licensing you’re looking for. If you’re unsure of the licensing on a particular photo, click on the photo and look for the licensing information just under the date on the lower right hand side of your screen.
Get Color Stock fills a stock photography void that has long been a problem: a lack of diversity. Seeing that creatives were having trouble finding stock photos that reflected who they were or who their audiences were, Get Color Stock features photos starting at just $5 for standard licenses, with extended licenses available.
Death to Stock adds to their site daily with their own work and the works of photographers they have teamed up with to create their “photo packs." You can sign up for free monthly photo packs via email, or pay for a premium membership to access their photo archives.
Ryan McGuire offers his own free high-resolution photos published under the CC0 on the website Gratisography. Photos range from scenic and beautiful, to artsy and slightly bizarre. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on Gratisography, McGuire has teamed up with Shutterstock to offer users access to even more photos at a discount with the code GRATIS at checkout. A portion of the purchase goes back to McGuire to keep Gratisography running.
CreateHer offers stylized photography featuring women of color. Curated for bloggers and online influencers that need solid imagery to keep their social accounts humming, the site offers free photos every month once you sign up, and access to hundreds of images.
BRWN Stock Imaging is another site featuring high quality stock imagery with people of color and was founded by a Black woman that wanted her website to focus on reflecting the beauty of "people like us." BRWN Stock Imaging was created due to the lack of Black and Latinx representation on stock photo websites.
Diversity Stock is a website dedicated to images that reflect and speak to your audience. There are image sections on disabilities, seniors, technology, and youth to name a few, which makes for an easier image navigation. They also even offer an option to sell your own photos, so users can make profit while creating diversity awareness.
Tonl is a new photo service launching August 2017. Pricing is TBD but folks who sign up when the service launches will get five free images.