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Hello all,
I'm a new member to this site and have been a frequent guest for the last two years. I write short stories and have yet to complete the daunting task of two unfinished novels. I'm currently migrating a private blog to a website as a launching pad for my work. I need suggestions on websites that sell affordable stock pictures that aren't too tied up in complicated legal jargon, or other ways I can use free pictures that won't make me liable in the future.

It's taken me a while to get to this point, now I'm ready to put my stuff out there and write but for this hiccup. Please help!:(
 

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i think any of the stock photo websites would be ok for using for a website depends what you do with them so long as your not running some huge porn site or pirate site think you will be safe istockphoto or fototila just do a search for stock photos

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I generally use bigstockphoto.com for images that are a launching point for the final work seen.  I worked for several years as a commercial industrial photographer in Manhattan and have been using Photoshop since 1.0 -- though I confess I have not upgraded past CS4 which was the last version I used before the recession eliminated my job (hence why I live in Pennsylvania now), so I have a fair amount of experience editing images and creating image content for websites.


Do you have any Photoshop or Coral Draw experience?  I generally prefer not to use stock images directly; it's better to purchase the license, then make changes.


I did this for all my book covers, plus all the heraldry for the noble houses featured in my books that appear on my website (I will be very happy when kindle will let me add in those images to my books without technical issues!).

Please private message me if you want further help.
 

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Stock sites are very forgiving for website use. As mentioned above, you only have issues if you're dealing with porn, abortion, religion, political or racial content. So basically you just need one of the cheapest stock sites since you won't need special licensing. If you're getting up to $40 in photos go with Canstock subscription. If you need fewer photos than that Canstock is still cheapest for individual purchases. Depositephoto's a close second. If you need more photos than the $40 subscription, then go for Depositephoto's $70 subscription.

Keep in mind these are the best bang for your buck. Their search functions are sub par and not as easy to work with as Shutterstock or the pricier stock sites with slightly better images.

Good luck!
 

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I'd recommend Dreamstime for this. You can get really nice images for a low price over there...you can just get the small images if you are using them for your website rather than cover art and they are as low as $1 a piece if you are willing to look around. Setting your search to recently uploaded images will help you to find the lower priced ones.

They also have a free section. The selection isn't as good for obvious reasons but you might be able to find something that works there.
 

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Thank you all for your generous feedback. I will definitely follow your advice. I feel so much better now. I can focus better now, and be more patient. I've been on all of the site's you've all mentioned. I was simply overwhelmed and thought there had to be a simpler way. I don't want to spend too much money at this stage because my budget has to cover editing etc.

 
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