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For anyone wondering how:
Next to the username of the comment you want to save it will show how long ago the comment was left (ex: "40 minutes ago"). Click on that time and then there is a link at the top where you can click favorite.
Plenty of lawsuits have occurred around the use of Flickr photos without model release forms (there is also a major sub-plot in the Kevin Smith movie “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” that revolves around likeness rights).
Creative Commons is not enough when there are prominent faces in the photo.
I had no idea and this makes a big difference with my new website.
Death to the Stock Photo http://join.deathtothestockphoto.com/
New Old Stock http://nos.twnsnd.co/
Superfamous (requires attribution) http://superfamous.com/
The Pattern Library http://thepatternlibrary.com/
IM Free (requires attribution) http://imcreator.com/free
Jay Mantri http://jaymantri.com/
Women of color in tech https://www.flickr.com/photos/wocintechchat/
Public Domain Archive http://publicdomainarchive.com/
ISO Republic http://isorepublic.com/
They talk about their curation algorithms here:
For what it's worth, I did most of my searching in incognito windows to try to avoid this type of problem. It sure didn't work this time!
1) FREE under Creative Commons CC0 - https://pixabay.com/
2) Mix of FREE & Sponsored / Paid - https://unsplash.com/
Example screenshot... https://imgur.com/a/dZ3VH
I didn't see the usage rights filter on the mobile site, but it showed up when I flipped to the desktop version.
But it's very hard to find hight quality images without film effects or other filters.
Lots of 16+ MP CC0-licensed works and good filtering options.
Starting at the cheaper/low end you have 'free' imagery (some flavor of Creative Commons Zero [cc0] license) that lots of sites listed here offer. The one caution with free (as I think someone else mentioned below) is that the licenses aren't always clear (what you can and can't use it for) and in some cases the attribution / provenance of the image is wrong / unclear. Meaning that what you think you are ok to use, may have actually been appropriated from someone else; and you are potentially infringing on copyright. I haven't spent enough time on the different free sites to see what their policies are regarding provenance, so your mileage may vary.
Then you have the microstock stock imagery - images that are in the $1-$5/range. Companies in that realm include folks like Shutterstock, 123RF, Dreamstime, and a slew of others. Shutterstock's public filings says that their per image license is something like $2.25 (or it was when I looked maybe a year or two ago). These images are often the ones that people refer to as 'stock' in that they look like stock. Not all of course, but I am sure you know what I am talking about.
Then you have the realm of 'midstock', which is somewhere between (you guessed it) the low end and the highend. There are a lot of players in here, but iStock (from Getty) is probably one of the biggest ones; as well as Adobe's offering (from when they bought a library called Fotolia). This area of the industry is increasingly being carved out as prices either go down down down, or the more unique and premium imagery hold their own.
At the high end of the stock world you have what is called the 'premium' stock photography folks - this includes Offset (from Shutterstock), Getty Images, and the new Premium offering from Adobe. Those are the three big players at the top end of the spectrum, and then you have a lot of smaller studios that sell directly to end consumers and also place their imagery with the big three. So in some cases you can find the same imagery across a lot of different providers.
My background is a photographer and I have images with a bunch of these more premium folks and looking at my royalty statements the average sale is more in the $110 range/image. Or ~50x the low-end of the market. So it really depends on how much $$ you are looking to spend and whether the quality of the image (beauty in the eye of the beholder and all that) is important to you.
The other site (full disclosure, I am one of the founders) to check out is https://haystack.im that aggregates from a couple dozen different stock agencies all in one place (including several listed here like Stocksy, EyeEm, 500px, Cavan, Maskot, ImageSource, and a science-focused site called SciencePhotoLibrary). You can pick one/several agencies to search at any given time and then we boot you off to them for the final license. So we are more like a premium stock photo search engine than a distributor of the stock itself. Think Kayak not Delta.
Hopefully that makes sense. Hit me if you have any stock industry/photography questions. I am at: email@example.com
I always start with the free sites, but usually end up using a paid option especially for images that include people. High quality free landscape type photos seem more common.