One of the most common questions that comes up when editing a website is, “Where can I find photos?” Here are some resources for finding quality images for your website.
Before you begin collecting high-resolution photos, take a few moments to visit the Institute Communications site and review the best practices for choosing and formatting images for the Web.
The most important thing to keep in mind is to choose only photos that visually clarify the words on the page. In fact, website user testing has proven that visitors will completely ignore non-information-carrying photos.
Image Portal Photography Database
Institute Communications maintains a searchable database that houses thousands of high-resolution digital Georgia Tech photographs.
These photos may be downloaded free of charge, but may not be sent or sold to any third party for commercial purposes. Georgia Tech owns the copyright to all images.
Access to the database is available to faculty and staff with a valid Georgia Tech account username and password.
Georgia Tech Social Media Collections
Georgia Tech Digital Swag
This site houses high-resolution versions of iconic Georgia Tech images. Because they are designed for different digital devices, the images are available in several different formats.
The images are free to download and use but remain the property of Georgia Tech. The images may not be reproduced for resale or retail promotion without written permission from the Georgia Tech Licensing Department.
Public Domain Images
Public domain images have no copyright restrictions and may be used freely. Many government agency websites, such as the National Park Service website, offer an extensive collection of images, many of which will be in the public domain (in general, photographs taken by government employees while working for a government agency are considered to be in the public domain). Check each picture carefully, though, to make sure of its public domain status.
Creative Commons Images
Images that use Creative Commons licensing have less restrictive copyrights. Creators often clear their images for use by others, provided that the image is correctly attributed.
There is a variety of Creative Commons licenses, some with more restrictions than others. Be sure to adhere to the guidelines for the particular image you choose.
A good search tool for finding these images is search.creativecommons.
Burst.shopify is a free stock photo site offered under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, which means you may to use the photos for any purpose.
Paid Stock Photo Websites
Institute Communications subscribes to iStockphoto, which is owned by Getty Images, but there are several other affordable websites to choose from.
Here are some of the most popular:
- Getty Images
- Corbis Images
- Science Source
- A-Z List of Stock Photo Websites
Free Stock Photo Websites
Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or use Creative Commons licensing. Be aware that on these websites, every photo may not be free. In addition, you may still be asked to register before downloading images.
Your Own Photos
If you consider yourself to be a good photographer but lack the right equipment, you can rent digital and DSLR cameras from the Georgia Tech Library.