Where To Find Stock Photos

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Whether you are a blogger or e-commerce merchant, your website needs photo­graphs. Resellers might expect whole­salers to provide product art. But angles, shadows, back­grounds, and resolu­tions vary among suppliers. This may require custom photography.

Photographers should be compen­sated for years of study, practice, equip­ment invest­ments, and dedica­tion. Many work on assign­ment and, perhaps more, submit images to stock photo­graphy websites.

With excellent keyword filters and vast selection, Adobe Stock is one of the most popular. Currently, for 10 bucks per month, 10 sub­scrip­tion images are credited to your account. Competitors like iStockphoto.com (by Getty Images), Shutterstock.com and Dreamstime some times advertise 100 photos for $100 to get away from the monthly subscription model. Photo­graphs that are more difficult to acquire because of altitude, travel distance, or complexity are not usually among the bargain photos. Adobe Stock also offers more expen­sive premium and extended-use images.

Low-price stock images are often from up-and-coming photo­graphers. The stock photographs may be outtakes from experienced photo­grapher photo shoots. You might find that lighting or color balance is not ideal. Aberration is sometimes notice­able when zooming in. Model hair and makeup is not often ideal. Products may have visible dust and finger­prints. Some scans from analog photographs include scratches. In short, Photoshop skills are helpful. Do not expect bargain photos to be of the caliber of “amazing sports photos.”

Pay attention to usage rights. Some require photographer attri­bu­tion. For others it may be optional. Do not expect to buy a photo for a buck and then get rich reproducing it on T-shirts without getting either a cease-and-desist order or a request for a supple­mental licensing fee.

Where To Find Stock Photos
Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash.

Free Options

If you write a blog about anything other than your own life with selfies, there is a good chance you need photos to draw in your readers. When you are on a tight budget or over your limit on a subscrip­tion model, free options like the ones below may be best:

  1. Burst
  2. FoodiesFeed
  3. Freestocks.org
  4. Gratisography
  5. ISO Republic
  6. Kaboom Pics
  7. Life of Pix
  8. Morguefile
  9. New Old Stock
  10. Pexels
  11. Picjumbo
  12. Pikwizard
  13. Pixabay
  14. Rawpixel
  15. Reshot
  16. SkitterPhoto
  17. Stockvault
  18. StyledStock
  19. Unsplash
  20. Wunderstock
Best Free Stock Image Sites

The user interface for many of the free sites is similar but key­word tags affect search results. You may discover a few of the same images on multiple sites. Ads on free stock web­sites some­times inte­grate alterna­tive fee-based stock photos with results. Sites that charge have better search engines and filters with more photo­graphs, vectors, and videos.

Photographers snap pictures every day, testing composi­tion, camera settings or docu­men­ting adven­tures. Within months they can there­fore acquire a vast collec­tion of random images. To get by, they may monetize them by offering them as stock images. This pro­vides expo­sure (no pun intended) so name credit is often appreciated.

The downsides to stock photo­graphy are that you cannot control when others may use the same image. For brand­ing, this can cause a bit of confu­sion if competi­tors or unrelated-but-damaging entities use the same photo. For dis­tinc­tion, use tight cropping, photo filters, or create montages.

Main photo by Arun Anoop from Unsplash.

By ClinicalPosters Staff

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