where can i get non-corny stock photos

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by nicrose, May 2, 2009.

  1. nicrose macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2006
    I need help. Everytime a I build a website, I'm forced to use those awful stock photos found on every stock art site: the shaking hands cut off at the arms (ew), business men in suits, people on the phone with the little head phones. Argh!! I'm so sick of these inappropriate corny-a!! photos.

    I'm working on a site for an organization that helps inmates transition their way out of prison and back into society. Some of the programs are like classroom situations, some are support group situations. The photos need to fit this type of website. I need racial diversity, working class people, families, pics of people helping people.

    Does anyone know of a site that has better photos. I've tried all the main ones: shutterstock, istockphoto, brightcube. None have what I want.

    Or: does anyone know of a creative way to get the most out of these awful photos?

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
  3. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    There's also istockphoto.com - much cheaper than corbis or getty, and surprisingly competent images.
  4. Java macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2003
    Marin County (where else?)
  5. grayskull83 macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2009
    Hull :(


    has lots and there is option of free and to pay for them.:apple:
  6. fireball370 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    bay area, ca
    not sure what your definition of "corny" is, but check out:

    - veer.com
    - gettyimages.com (TIP: at the top, click on "resources" then "catalyst" for better searching via keyword/theme. i've actually tried using this and it works)

    hope that helps. good luck and enjoy!
  7. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Pay a photographer? Seriously, those stock photos are designed to appeal to as many clients as possible, not to fit a specific need. If you need specific photos then you will need to either find a higher end stock agency - whose income is based on fewer sales per image (www.firstlight.com is another stock agency).

    If you have access to the inmates, use them. Its a bit of a project, but there is usually money to be found for projects that put cameras into the hands of people who have a unique story to tell. Get a proper contract set up so that you can use the images, etc etc. Again, for a project that involves inmates photographing, and then having their images used, you will likely find that there are photographers and other specialists who have the time to help out - if you are willing to put in the time to organize it.
  8. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  9. Phormic macrumors regular

    May 24, 2007
    Seconded. A huge free image library that's getting bigger and bigger.

  10. Apple Architect macrumors regular

    Apple Architect

    Apr 4, 2007
    United Kingdom
    Sites for stock photos

    You want to get yourself over to the micro-stock sites.

    While the photos are "made to sell" there are lots of gems in the lists. You just need to spend some time looking

    Three that I would recommend are the following


    Each are different - having different types of images, feels and concepts. They also have different pricing structures.
  11. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    WHat you need is a photographer. Seriously. Pay a bit and get real photos taken at your customer's location.
  12. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I'd recommend SXC.hu and Fotolia.com - They're both pretty good.

    With the amount of either free or cheap stock photography nowadays, there's really no reason to go to Corbis and pay through the nose.

    That's is an ad-based site - I'm not sure whether you didn't google Jupitor correctly or are trying to drive traffic to your own site, but that link isn't kosher.
  13. covisio macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2007
    I sympathise with the OP. There are some good images on iStockPhoto (and similar sites) but gawd you do have to shovel through some cr*p to get to them.
    Trouble is, some contributors don't know the meaning of the word 'natural'. If the subject isn't:
    • Grinning inanely
    • Shaking their fists in the air in triumph ("I'm a winner! I got the deal! F**k you all!")
    • Multi-ethnic business team joining hands (arrrgh!)
    • Inappropriately handsome/beautiful
    it's a miracle.
    However, I use iStockPhoto for most of my projects, because it's cheap, and so am I:rolleyes:.
  14. wcalderini macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2004
    This is different...

    It's kind of hit or miss here:

    But sometimes you can find some unique "non run of the mill" images.

  15. Phormic macrumors regular

    May 24, 2007
    Add to the list:

    Running with briefcase and mobile phone to the ear.
    Multi-ethnic business team gathered around computer monitor.
    Anything whatsoever to do with anybody shaking hands.
    Shot of printed spreadsheet on table with pen, mobile phone and coffee cup on top of it.

    Please. Stop it. Stop it now.

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