I need help finding images with the right licensing for my application.
I need to find images with a license that will allow me to:
What licensing should I be looking for, and what sites are a good source for these types of photos with this licensing? I'm willing to pay to get what I need.
I also do not want to have to provide attribution to the original photographer/owner on the derivative works.
Licensing is so confusing on the stock photo sites, that I'm considering just taking the photos myself...
It might be best to contact photographers whose work you find and like who have Creative Commons sources such as Flickr and see if you can negotiate something them with them directly. If you are willing to pay and explain your needs they may be flexible about the attribution if you are willing to compensate them a small amount. This way you can work with photos you have already selected, also they may have many more similar photos than they have displayed so contacting photographers directly can have other benefits.
istock.com is the site that many agencies I've worked with have used. Free images plus cheap images.
No easy options here. If you want professional stock photos, Fotolia and iStockPhoto are great choices - BUT they won't let you modify / reuse the images. Since you don't want to provide attribution to the original photographer, using Creative Commons sources (such as Flickr where many photos are licensed this way) is out of the question, too. You may want to change your thinking here.
Some Low-cost sources: istockphoto.com, dreamstime.com, fotolia.com, japanesestreets.com, shutterstock.com, shuttermap.com
For free Images: morguefile.com, flickr.com/creativecommons, imageafter.com, sxc.hu, everystockphoto.com, istock.com
I use depositphotos.com as they have really competitive prices and two different kinds of license. They offer a free trial (35 pictures in any resolution), however not on the extended license. Depending on what exactly you want to do with the pictures (there are five different types of extended license), you will pay from 20 to 60 USD per picture.