There are many different ways of obtaining photos on the internet, but we recommend buying your pictures from online photo websites.
- Many people think that it is ok to use pictures they find in the images section of Google, or on other websites.
- A copyrighted image does not necessarily have a watermark, and it's often very hard to tell if a picture is copyrighted.
- Aside from the issue of finding pictures with the right sizing needed for your website, an inexpensive and much "safer" way is to purchase your pictures from legitimate online services.
We have listed a few of the online sites that we have used over time, but just "googling" online stock photos will give you a lot of great choices. There is a variety in pricing, and most of the sites require you to buy a subscription (usually for a certain number of pictures, or by timed subscription).
Note: "Royalty Free" does not mean FREE
Royalty-free, or RF, refers to the right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.