Video Selling Strategy: Give Stills Away For Free

Posted on 7/24/2012 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1) has launched an initial archive of 100,000 free images mostly comprised of still frames pulled from HD videos that are available on
Not only can the customer download the still images for free, but once an image is selected there is a button to click to view the full video clip that contains that still view. The customer is taken to to view the video.
Video Blocks CEO, Joel Holland says, “Stock Photos for Free is a great way for us to interact with the creative community in a whole new way. Since Video Blocks is only interested in selling stock video and audio clips, we’re able to launch this completely free resource for stock photography without hurting our core business. It provides great exposure for us, and an invaluable library of photos for those who use it.”

New photos are added daily, including super high-resolution shots from professional photographers, all of which are available for free. Each photo on comes with a royalty-free license agreement that allows of the image to be used in all types of projects, both commercial and non-commercial, for worldwide distribution, forever. There are never any licensing fees.
To start downloading free stock photos, simply visit and register for a free account. All it takes is an email address or Facebook account to get signed up. Once registration is complete, users can download an unlimited number of stock photos with no usage caps or restrictions.

“We are really excited to see Stock Photos for Free grow over time. This could be a revolutionary way for people to enhance their creative projects at absolutely no cost,” says Holland.

Copyright © 2012 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


  • Bill Bachmann Posted Jul 24, 2012
    To Joel.... Sure give images away and hurt others photographers-- but surely not you! Wow.... I'm going into Best Buy tomorrow and say I want a free big screen TV and then I'll pay for service. I am constantly amazed at the extreme short-sightedness of many new companies. If baffles me how they think THAT will give them some hyped "market share".

    Yeh, they are known as the "free" or "cheap" company. The RUSH to the bottom continues...

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