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Hello:

I am looking for some good sites (similar to http://www.masterfile.com) where I can get free images in order to make banner or add in my web sites. I know many sites but most of them need to pay per images or buy membership.

Thanks in advance.

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rsdn,

Shuboarder has give you a pretty comprehensive list of sites. Note, however, that "Royalty-Free" does not mean "Free". Many of the sites Shuboarder provided do indeed provide some free images. However, you will have to pay for most images on most of those sites. "Royalty-Free" means that once you have paid for it, you are free to use it in a way consistent with the agreement (which typically says you can use it in works you are selling on a one-time basis, but not for something like a template that you are selling over and over again) without paying additional costs (Royalties) each time it's viewed or printed.

In general, it makes sense, even if you are nearly broke, to spend a few dollars for quality images from a site like istockphoto, or one of others on Shuboarder's list. You do typically get better quality photos, and you can be sure you have a right to use them.

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I really like stock.xchang (http://www.sxc.hu/home).

Each image tells you what restrictions it has and you set restriction paramaters when you search for images (restricted ok: yes, no, partly).

Each photo will say something like:

Royalty free, no restrictions (There are no usage restrictions for this photo.)
Royalty free. (______ must be notified and credited when using the photo for any public work.)
Royalty free. (______ must be notified when using the photo for any public work.)
Royalty free. (Written permission is needed from the _____ before using the photo for any work.)

The site also tells you if a model release is available (for images that use models), but I actually couldn't find any.  I did do some searches that I thougth would be most likely to turn up images that actually had model releases but I just keep finding "model release: unavailable."

Anyway, this is a great site.  You can search around restriction paramaters, and if you do decide to use something restricted you can see how recently the person has posted stuff etc.  The site makes it easy to contact them.  This site is built around photographers making their stuff available in the way that they want to and the public being able to use the images properly.  It's really great--it helps everyone be legal on every end.
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ooooh also....here's their information on exactly how you can use images:

http://www.sxc.hu/info.phtml?f=help&s=8_2

It's got three clear sections...how you can't use images, how you can, and always ask first.  It also has info on model releases and all of that stuff.

For example I know that for one of the sites I run, the owner found an image that they loved--it was a no restriction image, but they contacted the person anyway because they wanted to offer the person a link on the website and also because they wanted to use the image on business cards as well.  The photographer respoded really quickly and was great about everything.  The owner got the image on the business cards and the photographer has a prominent link on the homepage.

Alls well that ends well.
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Oh yah, and all the images are free and membership is free. :)
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Thanks everyone.

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