Getty on Flickr

Getty on Flickr

I love Getty Images.  I am probably not alone in dreaming that some day I will earn hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on assignment for the company, snapping profound, insightful images that will be appreciated the world over.  A quick glance at their site followed by my own My Pictures folder quickly leaves me plummeting back down to earth with a crash rivalled only by the clunking sounds that my old camera makes when I try to take more than one shot a minute. I am not destined for the great heights of the Getty hall of fame. I do, however, like to soften the blow to my ego by browsing their collections for a while, appreciating the fine work of other, more talented and dedicated photographers.  TheirFlickr collection, just launched a few weeks ago, is an ideal way to see the best of what their huge archives have to offer.  If you are looking for stock, I dare you not to find what you need here, and if you can't afford the prices (ouch!) that the big glossies and newspapers pay out for such high quality images, then at least inspiration comes free of charge. My favourites are the nature shots,  but head over to their Flickr page to see the slideshow, and once totally sated you can then click totheir blog to comment on the wonders of what you've seen. My only word of warning, is that the Flickr link is slooow on all but the fastest of internet connections, as you would expect from a site with lots of images, so don't click if you have lots of browser windows open or while you need to use your bandwidth for other tasks. Enjoy!