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Stock Photography.

Design, Photography, Services, Useful Things, Websites, Weekend posts by Chris Coyier

The occasion has arisen for all of us when we really need just the right photograph for some kind of project. Novices might turn to Google Image Search, unaware that the results will a) be small b) be low resolution and c) suck. Even though Google is trying to make it better, there are some WAY better alternatives:

iStockPhoto: Tons of great photographs (and video) that you pay for in credits (a dollar a credit). From one credit for a small image to up to 40 credits for extra extra large. Also opportunities to sell your own photographs.

Liquid Library: A subscription based service that goes beyond online downloads by mailing you CD’s full of images each month as well as a magazine.

stock.xchng: Requires registration, but totally free and loaded with good stuff.

Creative Commons Flickr Search: My Favorite! Flickr is absolutely loaded with great photos and this search page will find ones for you that are legal for (even commerical) use.

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