A couple of years ago I wrote a post about how you could find free images that you could use on your site. I can spare you a click to that post and tell you that I recommeded that you use flickr.com and searched for images with the creative commons licens.
Well, now I’ve found something MUCH BETTER
Before I knew about this, I typically paid way too much money on sites such as Dreamstime.com for stock photo that I could use. There are tons of other sites like this like istockphoto.com, GettyImages and so on…
I originally chose Dreamstime over the other because they were somewhat cheaper. You could normally get an image in a lower resolution suitable for you blog post or website for for $1. This has kind of worked out for me, but lately the prices have shot up. I now find it hard to find good photos costing less than $3!
In a world where I can get all the music I want on Spotify for less than 10 bucks per month and all the movies and series I want on places such as Netflix and Hulu for 7 bucks per month paying $3 for a single image in a super low resolution is simply way too expensive!.
I’m not quite sure what has happened to the stock photo pricing for the last year or so, but at least personally I feel that they have gone up instead of going down such as every other digital product out there.
So… When I saw these outrages prices I was faced with the choice of either shutting up and paying the price OR trying to find an alternative. And yet again I started out by going to Flickr, but I ended up just browsing through holiday photos – the stuff that gets uploaded to Flickr is mostly personal stuff and IMHO there isn’t much stuff you can really use for anything.
This lead me to do a little more research and did I find something good. Oh yeah:
Almost a half a million images in their database as of writing. The lowest resolution image is free, yes… absolutely free! And the lowest resolution is actually higher than the lowest resolution at Dreamstime that usually ended up costing $3.
Higher resolutions can be bought extremely cheap. Think $1. Fantastic!
UPDATE: Kozzi has raised their prices a lot! Now they are just like a lot of other image sites out there, but with a smaller database. I had paid for a year of free images (max 25 per day) and they have just nuked that subscription and given me 100 credits (that’s 100 images in low resolution). They didn’t even send me an email about this (or it went into the spam folder). Based on this fact, I don’t think I can recommend Kozzi anymore
Another fantastic site with 30.000+ free photos. Here you can also get hiqh quality images for free. Apparently they make their money of advertising.
And yes, if you wonder about the image on this blog post… It’s from Kozzi :). Hope you could use this small trick.
If you know of any other great sites to find free stock photo please let me know in the comments.