CGtextures.com is a great resource to find photo textures for your images. None of these photos will win any photography competitions. The images are, for the most part, flat and evenly lit and have straight on camera angles. And that’s the point. You add the interest when adding them to your illustrations, 3D models, logos or graphic design projects. I’ve started to build up my own personal texture library from stock photo sites and other free textures I’ve found around the web. It’s been a long expensive process and now that I found this site I feel like a sucker for paying for textures. Trying to find nice high-quality images on the internets has been the most challenging part. But CGtextures.com has a large selection of high-quality images organized well for you to download for free.
Create an account and you’re off and running. Be sure to read their license agreements, which seemed pretty generous when I read over it. Even if you’re not interested in signing up for an account, I would use it just as a reference library. Free accounts are limited to 15 MB daily and if you exceed the quota you won’t be permitted to make any more downloads within that 24 hours, so come back tomorrow and you’re ready to go again. They do have premium accounts if you are a large downloader. But for me the free version works just fine. The 15 MB gets me around 5 to 7 images a day. Give this site a try and see if you find it as helpful as I have.