Slideware – Finding pretty pictures and images for presentations

Since recently I try to deliver presentation with more visual effects based on the Presentation Zen approach. Of course one of the problems is to find nice pictures.

I’m aware of the following sites:

Thanks to Florian Heidenreich for pointing stock.xchng out to me in Twittter.

If you select images from these sites make sure to check the usage license, some may require permission from the author, others may ask you to give credit to the author, etc. Also make sure to give the author credit for his work in any case. A common approach to give credit to the author is to add a slide to the presentation which lists the URL of the pictures.

I personally really liked stock.xchng; it made it easy to find beautiful pictures which have a very permissive licenses. My first impression from Flickr was not as amazing; there are simple to many pictures to select from. Peter Friese pointed out a program ViewFinder for the Mac but I have not yet tried that.

The major pay site with beautiful artwork is istockphoto. Really great images but you have to pay for them.

If you know other web sites for nice pictures please let me know. Or perhaps you want to share your tricks how to select good images at Flickr.

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Lars Vogel is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, He is the primary author of vogella.com. With more than one million visitors per month this website is one of the central sources for Java, Eclipse and Android programming information.
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3 Responses to Slideware – Finding pretty pictures and images for presentations

  1. ekke says:

    I’m using iStockPhoto and Dreamstime
    http://www.dreamstime.com/
    you have to pay – buit I think its worth
    ekke

  2. Lars Vogel says:

    @ekke: thanks to the Dreamstime link. I agree that good artwork it worth paying for but I believe that this is a huge bondery to cross for people involved in OpenSource.

  3. Wim Jongman says:

    This one I found recently:
    http://www.freedigitalphotos.net
    contains some pictures

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