We found another great resource for free stock footage at the NatureClip channel on YouTube.
Rather than shoot our own lens flares, we got lazy and recently purchased some from LensDistortions.com. After falling in love with the results, we eventually purchased the entire collection, finding uses for them on a couple of projects.
Most microstock sites have a free section. They are often updated with new files either every week or month. Fotolia showcases fresh new files every week and we make sure to check it out when we can.
The following images are available via the Drug Policy Aliance. They only require credit attribution but the license is open and free for non-commercial/editorial usage only. Here are a handful of the images, but more below at the link:
This amazing photo of the International Space Station was shot by Australian photographer Dylan O'Donnell. He waited a year to be in the right place at the right time and capture this moment, getting alerts from the CalSky website which predicts these flyovers. The window was only open for 0.33 seconds as he fired his camera remote in burst mode. He goes on to explain his setup:
Vimeo user Phil Fried created a group on Vimeo called Free HD and he has created a useful library of clips to use free of charge. Within his collection are a variety of clips that feature some nature backgrounds, carpentry work, and farming to name a few. And featured below is a clip that could be very useful to a lot of people, some awesome VHS distortion.
Earlier this year, one of our favorite microstock sites unveiled a massive archive of public domain content that users can download for free.
There is a new version of the free Pond5 plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro. This makes trying out content from the Pond5 marketplace quite a bit easier when working on a project.