Photo Websites

Photographic Resource Websites for Freelance Writers

A picture is worth a thousand words – or at least it's worth including in an article.

No matter how well written an article is the addition of a few snappy visuals will not only enhance it, but even get some people to take a look who might have passed it right on by. The trouble is finding the right visual assist. Where do you get these visuals? Film or televison articles can be easy – movie posters or stills from a production usually do just fine.

Snapping a few digital photos on your own is always a great way to go, but that can't always deliver for your project if it's way beyond your physical location or timeframe. You may be doing an overview of America's entrance into World War II or the launch of the first satellite into orbit. Your photographic skills are polished, but they're not magical. What next? Call in Harry Potter for help? Maybe, if you can't get him, or enter free or public domain photo websites.

Here are a few I use. They usually have what I need to dress up an article.

MorgueFile

Hands down one of the very best photographic websites around. The search engine is easy and it offers lots of selection. This is one stop shopping for me many times. You'll find it all and if they don't have it, you don't need it. But seriously, it's an amazing resource for all your photographic needs. I recommend it highly.

http://www.morguefile.com/

Royalty Free Clip Art

This site, while having a small selection has lots of great holiday theme graphics. Need a Christmas Tree or Pumpkin? They've got it. Need some sports oriented clips? Name your sport, it's there waiting for you. Clipart may seem a bit dull when compared to flashy high gloss photos, but depending on the tone of your article, it may be all you need. Besides the basic monochromatic clipart, you'll also find a few nice free photographs.

http://royaltyfreeclipart.com/

Wikipedia Public Domain Image Resource

Here you'll find a bunch of great links for sites that have an enormous selection of some of the best type of photos around. You can find historical images, musical ones, and photos depicting great works of art and lots more. Wikipedia is world famous now as one of the most known and popular web sites for its encyclopedia resources, which of course contain many images as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources