A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes it can also cost nearly as much. Well, it seems like it when you have no budget for it. There are so many times I need a great photo for a presentation, training session, or visual aid. If you know me, you know that "free" is my favorite adjective. Here are some great places to get free images.
Since I just talked about Creative Commons, let's start there. ccSearch (http://search.creativecommons.org) has more than just images. But you can search images that are free for your use and not restricted with copyright. Be sure to follow the rules and give credit where credit is due.
A simple image search with Google Images or Bing Images is another great place to start. There is a little more work on your part to ensure you follow the rules and not use anything with a restricted use. Since these searches yield any image on the internet, you have to do the research to find out if you can use the image or not.
And my new favorite, morgueFile. Take a moment to click their link to find out how it got its name. So why do I like it so much? The photos are amazingly beautiful. You can crop and resize the image before you download. Yep, you read that correctly. Love it! If you register with them, you can like and favorite images to use when you come back to the site.
Recently I've discovered stockvault.net. Lots of great photos and you can view other photos from the user. Nice search tools, and lots of photos. You can donate, too, it you find something you really like and use.
Photo by hotblack from morgueFile.com.