Stock Photography – Photos, Images, Objects, Clip Art

Stock Photography – Photos, Images, Objects, Clip Art

Have you ever spent hours looking for the perfect photo for a project that won’t break your budget? There are now several low-cost royalty free stock photography web sites that allow you to purchase photos individually or through a subscription. Below we’ve outlined a few of our favorite stock photography web sites.

iStockphoto.com

Arguably the fastest growing stock photography web site, iStockphoto.com, boasts a large user base and over six million photos all for sale for as low as $1/each. iStock has a variety of types of user submitted photos, illustrations, video and audio files.

Pros:

  • 7,000,000+ images
  • $1-150 for photos
  • $10-200 for video
  • Artistic and creative designs, illustrations, and videos are available

Cons:

  • Photographers are only paid 20-45% for photos purchased
  • Prices continue to rise year after year (bad for purchasers)

DesignPics.com

Quality stock photography using a simple subscription. Their collection includes quality religious photos (which are very helpful for churches). Great customer service.

Pros:

  • Hi-res photos for $3 (non-profit pricing)
  • # of Photos Unknown
  • Contains quality religious images as well

Cons:

  • Weak search capabilities
  • Website is dated and needs updating

Veer.com

Veer is a great stock image and font site for creatives. They keep the experience uncomplicated and help you focus on your work.

Pros:

  • 2,000,000+ images
  • 12,000+ fonts
  • Images start at $2
  • Fonts start at $9
  • More steady pricing structure than iStockphoto

Cons:

  • Limited amount of vector artwork

Dreamstime.com

Dreamstime boasts the lowest price for high quality stock photos and their claim rings true. Although they are still growing, they offer photographers high profits off photo sales and purchasers big discounts on volume purchases.

Pros:

  • 15,000,000+ photos
  • 4,500,000 registered members
  • As low as $0.20 for high resolution photos
  • Sell your stock images and get 50-80% from each sale you make.
  • International stock images

Cons:

  • Search refinement is not as intuitive as some of the other sites

Subtlepatterns.com

Subtle Patterns is a free stock texture site.  They’ve got all kind of textures for use in your designs and websites.

Pros:

  • Free!
  • Great textures
Cons:
  • Limited selection
  • Limited search capabilities

Sxc.hu

Sxc.hu (known as the StockXchng) is one of the leading free stock photo sites. However, since being acquired by Getty Images, it has had limited updates and has not grown much in size.

Pros:

  • Free!
  • Over 350,000 images available
  • Over 30,000 photographers
  • International photography

Cons:

  • Website can load slow at times
  • Limited selection
  • Owned by Getty Images

TextureKing.com

Texture King is another great free texture website. It has a lot of textures that can be utilized in design.

Pros:

  • Free!
  • Huge variety of textures
  • Search by texture type

Cons:

  • Limited search capabilities
  • Limited repeating patterns

Vecteezy.com

Vecteezy is a website the features free vector art, icons and patterns.  There is also some premium content that can be purchased for a nominal fee.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Some content has licensing restrictions
  • Limited search capabilities
1 Comment
  • eric
    Posted at 04:38h, 25 March Reply

    Did they release another update to the way google ranks websites? Ive noticed over the past few days some websites seem to bounce from ranks one to page two etc. This high rate of fluctuation makes me wonder what bases determine a websites’s rankings and whether changes in the results are determined by changes made in Google’s system or within the websites itself. If I had to guess, I believe this determination is based on a combination of changes both within Google and persistent tweaking of a website that could keep it balanced somewhere on page one.

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