Cyber QuickTip: How to Find Royalty and Copyright Free Images

The post on Pinterest references the fact that as a new channel for social media, creating a buzz on Pinterest is highly dependent upon the use of visually appealing images. We all know that the content of brochures, powerpoint presentations, blog posts, websites and other marketing collateral is enhanced with appropriate and relevant images. But what do you do when you aren’t the next Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz or William Wegman? There are plenty of sources on the web for copyright free images or reasonably priced stock photos that can make your marketing collateral shine.

Two of my go to sites are iStockphoto and Dreamstime. They have a ton of free images available for download and they have reasonably priced ones as well. They offer different formats for your marketing needs. A few others that deserve exploration are Shutterstock, kozzi and Each of these sites offer a wealth of subjects and styles so that you can match the message with an appropriately illustrative image.

Be prepared, though, for the time sink that can be the search for the Holy Grail of that most perfect of perfect images. Because these sites have so many images available, you may be best served by setting a limit on the amount of time that you are spending.