Pictures from Old Books
Pictures from Old Books is a unique collection of over 800 images scanned from old books that are public domain (copyright-free or out of copyright) unless otherwise noted. The site has many pictures of castles, abbeys and old houses. The home page has new images on the left side or you can use the search tool with various options to find pictures.
When you find a photo of interest and click on it, the listing provides its title, source, place shown (if applicable), keywords, status (in terms of copyright), filename and notes. Each photo also comes in several dimensions shown on the left of the photo, so you just click on the size you want. It has many photos you won't find elsewhere that can add character to wherever you use them.
Free Stock Photos from Cepolina Photos
Free Stock Photos from Cepolina Photos contains over 1900 photos by three photographers covering mostly nature and geography. You can search photos by category, thumbnails or keywords. The thumbnails page shows about 100 photos and when you select one, its details includes the album and category names with links so you can explore more similar photos.
The photos are free (see FAQs for details) as long as the site is credited and that you don't link directly to the images of the web site as that's stealing bandwidth. The images on the site are 600x460 pixels. If you want larger photos, you can buy the high resolution images on DVD for $40 (currently sold out). The photo collection is superb.
Woophy has a collection of over 23,000 photos from around the world and over 4300 cities are represented. You can search by city, country, category keywords or member to find photos. The categories are animals, culture, landmarks & buildings, objects and people. You can also limit the search results by date and sort by number of views.
The world map appears on the site where you can click on a city to view the pictures from the city. At the bottom of the map are statistics, the number of pictures added in the last 24 hours, city of the day, member of the month and a "Did you know?" answer. Did you know you can browse through the highest rated pictures in the search tab? Did you know that English is the third language in the world? The site has a monthly newsletter with interesting articles. Registration is required only if you wish to upload files and join the community through the forum. Woophy is a quality site with a lot to offer.
pixelbag.de is a free picture archive of over 500 license-free photos. All pictures can be used without a credit or a reference. Though the site is primarily in German, those who don't know German shouldn't have a problem finding something since the categories and navigation are in English. The search tool and its results are in German, but you can use English keywords. The quality of the photos are worth looking pass the minor language barrier.
You can browse images by viewing the top rated ones, the newest or a random photo. Each photo displays the date taken, number of hits, number of downloads and the photographer. You can vote on the picture and download it photo as a JPG or as a zipped file. Small, but lovely collection.
yotophoto is a search engine for finding free photos. The nice thing about it is that it searches multiple photo collection sites, so it may make a good starting point when you're looking for something specific. Enter a keyword into the search box and the results display thumbnails along with the copyright information. The tool finds 351 images for the word "apple." Each image provides the site from where it came, size and license information.
yotophoto also has an advanced search tool so you can exclude words, limit the image size and select the licenses you want the image to have. This is a great tool as it's simple and provides exactly what you need to find your picture and its licensing information.
Creating Online Gallery
It has a search tool for finding images or you can browse by looking at the newest photos, those with the latest comments and the most popular photos. Category thumbnail pages neatly organize the photos into columns and list the photo title. Click on an image to get its details. While the site has a rating tool, you have to register (free) to rate pictures as well as uploading, use the favorites feature, posting comments and participating in the forum. The site offers a small, but good quality gallery.
USDA ARS Image Gallery
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) image gallery is a complimentary collection of over 2,000 high quality digital photographs related to agriculture. The 72dpi images are available for direct download in three sizes. High-resolution (300dpi) digital images are also available from each caption page for direct download.
Search for images through the search box or browsing the categories: animals, crops, education, field research, fruits & veggies, illustrations, insects, lab research and plants. Every thumbnail comes with captions explaining the photo. The image page has instructions available in English and Spanish. There are more images available from USDA that cover the school lunch program, fire aviation and 4H clubs.
AMG Media Works, Inc. Free Photos
AMG Media Works Inc. is a design and photography service company that offers free stock photos for your use as long as you give credit to the photographer, Ernest von Rosen. Photos are sorted into categories, which include miscellaneous object photos, cool object photos, funky stuff, table top objects, desktop objects, fruits and vegetables and flowers. Here's a place to find images other than the popular scenery and landscape photos. This site offers a small, high quality and eclectic collection.
FreeMediaGOO has a collection of royalty free images, audio, textures, and Flash available for commercial and private user free of charge except for propaganda, adult or suggestive materials. Credit for the images is not necessary. The images are sorted by category, which include beach, aviation, buildings, finance, sports, foods, digital factory and others. Find original and awe-inspiring digital images in the digital factory category.
Select a category to view its thumbnails and then click on the image of interest to see its full size and save it. You can also search by keywords and see the latest submissions on the images home page. It's a simple site with fine collection.
tOfz dot org
tOfz dot org is one photographer's collection of everyday urban life. Jeremie Zimmerman, the person behind the site, sorts his photos by location and categories. He shares his favorites. You can search by keywords or click on *coma* to get a randomly selected photo.
The category pages use thumbnails and list the number of comments available, if any. The site uses the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Creative Commons license and free art license (Copyleft Attitude) from License Art Libre. This site is available in English and French. A small, but respectable collection.