Finding Free Images on the Web

Clients often need images for their website and printed materials. Here is a short list of resources where you can download free images as well as premium images.

Clients often need images for their website and printed materials. Here is a short list of resources where you can download free images as well as premium images.

Stock photos at a reasonable price. Web sites only need photos no wider than 400px.

Google Search

Using Google search to find Creative Commons images.

You can use Google to find photos that have a creative commons license. When you do this, always give the owner credit or attribution by including the website URL in the credits of your document.

Click on the image for a larger view

Google is constantly being redesigned so your click pattern may be different. This image shows the keywords to look for.

To keep track of the attribution store your creative commons images in a special folder. Include a text file or Word document that lists or shows a small thumbnail of the image and the URL of the site you got it from.

Often times photos are HUGE. Use an image editor such as to change the size of the image. Include the new size in the file name for quick reference and to keep from overwriting the original. For example: shetlandPony.jpg would become shetlandPony300x250.jpg.


Using Flickr to find Creative Commons images. is a good source for photos. You can show all the Creative Commons photos that are licensed for commercial use. They also offer the Flickr Marketplace showing professional photos that are available to purchase.

List of Free Photo Sites
This page includes many sources of free photos.

RGBStock has some great photos.
Their licensing is very generous. You may use their images:

2.a In digital format on websites, blogs, multimedia presentations, broadcast film or video and on your cell phone or personal computer as screen background or desktop wallpaper.

2.b In print to decorate your home or your office.

2.c In printed materials such as magazines, newspapers, books, brochures, flyers, text books, wherein the image or images used are for the purpose of illustration and not the primary content for sale or redistribution of the printed materials.
This site offers both free images and premium images for sale.
This is the standard site for commercial stock photos. Originally started in Calgary, Canada by two young men, they sold the company to Getty images. Most small images suitable for the web run around $40. You can get a 10 image, 1-month subscription for $40.

Read the licensing carefully. They have strict limitations on how an image can be used.

They have recently partnered with including photographs of women changing how women are portrayed.

Very high quality photography.

Poppies in the Storm

Poppies in the Storm

Poppies in the Storm,
originally uploaded by petermankato.

Steve Pottenger has set up a new blog on using Nikon cameras. His first lesson covered using the automated flash units and different settings that you can use to get different results.

His lesson got me inspired to go out and do some shooting. Here’s a shot from my neighbor Tom’s garden of his poppies against the quick summer storm that passed through.

I look forward to his next lesson!

An Excellent Typing Course

Typing Tutor Demo View
Typing Tutor Demo View

Turn yourself into a typing hero!
A fast typing speed is essential for everyone working on computers, especially programmers. Here’s a site that one of my students told me about that will allow you to increase your typing speed.

This is an excellent use of Flash technology, giving you immediate feedback with a voice saying “bad” each time you hit the wrong key.

Use Cognitive Science to Help You Learn – Over the years cognitive scientists have discovered some important techniques that help you learn more effectively with less work. As athletes know, people have brain memory as well as muscle memory. You put these muscle memories to work each time you do a typing exercise such as this.

To make your practice more effective, type no more than 10 minutes every morning when you first get up. But, during those 10 minutes really focus on what you are doing. Limit your input to your fingers and the screen. (No music, kids, TV, videos, instant messaging, or emails.) Just you and the typing.

Then, right before you go to bed, do another concentrated 10 minute practice. Your brain will continue to process as you sleep. Then, when you wake up in the morning and start typing again, you will be sending a clear message to your brain, “Hey, this is important! Pay attention.” The reinforcement will continue to increase as you do this every morning and every night, day in and day out.

Earlier I posted a link to TuxType which is a free typing game you can download and play to increase your skills.