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You might want to use images from your event in future print or web materials, so consider hiring a photographer. Although hiring a photographer is more expensive than using stock photography, you will have greater control over the art and you'll be able to ensure that the faculty, students, and staff in your pictures are actually from the University of Illinois. This means you won't see them in a competitor's brochure or poster.
If you're looking for stock photographs to use in your presentations, consider one of the following resources:
Public Affairs maintains a growing collection of campus images. The Image Database offers consistent, quality images for use in the promotion of the Illinois campus and programs. For access to the Database, please send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you already have access to the Image Database, log in here.
You might wish to use a royalty free stock photography and illustration microsite such as StockXpert or iStockphoto, where you can either pay for images (typically just a few dollars per photo) or contribute to their library in exchange for downloading privileges. The images are taken by a variety of photographers so the quality varies. If you're in doubt at all as to whether a particular image will work well on press, ask for a proof from your printer.
Companies such as Comstock and Getty Images sell photo CD collections, or you can buy images singly through Corbis, who compute their charges based on how you plan to use the photograph. Charges vary widely and can be up to several hundred dollars per image.
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