When obtaining images, music, and video from the web for use on work and projects there are several ways to go about it. Two of the most common ways is to look for royalty free or rights managed work.
With royalty free images and music you pay a one time fee and then are able to use this image or song multiple times without having to pay for it each time you use it. This is good if, for example, you need to use and image on a website, on a poster, and on a brochure all for the same project. The down side to this is that a lot of people will use these types of images because they are more cost effective.
Rights managed work has a one time use when purchased. If someone would like to use and image or a song on multiple projects, then you have to purchase more than one license to use it on those multiple projects. This can be a good thing because it means that you are the only person who is using that image at that time. But there is also a downside, you have to pay each time you would like to use the photo. Rights managed works are probably best for a project that involves that image being used only once.
There are a lot of site out there that provide royalty free and rights managed work. Some of the more common ones are Flickr’s Creative Commons, iStock Photo , and Getty Images. These sources also provide audio, video for use as well as images. Along with these sites there are others that provide similar things.
Image Source: This site has royalty free and rights managed images and music. They also provide a free picture research source. With this you fill out information on what you’re looking for, the title of your project, budget, deadline, and the final placement of the photo and they send you back some image suggestions within 24 hours.
Shutterstock: Shutterstock has a lot of different categories to choose from. You can find editorial images, icons, illustrations, video, and audio at their site.
Dollar Photo Club: At Dollar Photo Club you pay $10 a month and all images are $1.