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Where to find cafe type food and drink photos

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by @GCarlD, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    Hello guys,

    I am in need of a few photographs to use as part some designs for a lounge. I was wondering if anyone knew of any links to food and drink photos, preferably on a white background (or transparency would be even better!). Obviously I could try stock image sites like bigstock and istock, but I am not too sure on the legality of using such images in a lounge and for long term use. So ideally it would be good to find free, copyright free images (especially with their budget in mind!)

    These photos will need to be high res, as they will be enlarged to just under 1000mm. The 6 specific photos I am looking for are: 1/ a tea pot (preferably with steam coming out of it), 2/ a smoothie/milkshake/protein shake, 3/ a cup of hot chocolate or latte etc, 4/ a Sandwich 5/ a Cake 6/ a Panini.

    If anyone knows of any sites with these kind of photos, I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you,
  2. Edge

    Edge Active Member

    you can't drink photos
    - sorry it's Friday night.
  3. PriyeshDesign

    PriyeshDesign Member

    I was about to say "Shutterstock", surely when you purchase a stock photograph, you hold the licence for personal and/or commercial use, like purchasing a premium font. You may just want to read up on that...
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  4. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    From what I've read I think you are right
  5. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    I believe the standard license on shutterstock allows a 500,000 print run for commercial use. And you can get an extended license for 2.5m print run.

    That being said, I always email them and tell them the photo I want and what the use is and ask for advice on the license to purchase. That way you are covered at least by them telling you in an email that you inquired about the use.

    A good source really is Google Images (don't shoot me just yet!)
    Search for Food

    Then go to the Search tools
    Here you can change the filter to Labeled for Reuse
    Size to Larger than 20mp or whatever suits.

    Obviously try and double check any images you find for the right license and make sure you can use it.

    Another great source is FlickR - I contact the photographers through FilckR and ask for their permission to reuse their images and explain what I'm using it for.

    One time I had to donate €100 to a charity, another I had to get them access to the roof of the building to take photos etc.

    Good luck
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  6. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    Thanks, great advice. I ended up going down the stock photography route.

    This is a great idea for future.

    This reminds me, as a slightly unrelated topic, what site (preferably free or cheap) would you recommend a photographer upload their work to? FlickR? Cargo collective? Instagram? Which is best to protect against copyright infringement?
  7. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Once the hi-res files are on the sites for free then you can't really stop people stealing them and using them, heck even lo-res watermarked are copied and used.

    FlickR is pretty good as you can include a copyright with the images, but nobody really heeds them. But if you find your picture in a catalog/magazine or movie or anything else you have grounds to seek compensation.
  8. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    But isn't this true for all sites, even us designers websites with our work on them?

    Sounds good, I heard it has a pretty decent (basic) editing system in place but the downside is only people with yahoo accounts can access FlickR, is that correct?

    There's so many of these type of sites, I forgot about Tumblr & Picasa. But by the sounds of it FlickR is the one to recommend?
  9. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    I'm not sure of the logisitics of FlickR but I seem to remember to have to set up a yahoo account for it. Not a big deal, same as my gmail, password and all.
  10. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    Thanks Hank, the more I read into FlickR, the more I like the sound of it compared to the others. Will defo recommend!

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