We tested out many stock photography sites and found the three that had the best combined offerings. These three sites not only have many features, but in common they have the ability to buy or sell stock photography. In our research, we especially looked at stock photo pricing, site layout, image selection, quality of photos and variety of formats.
It can take a lot of time as well as experience to go out and photograph, if you’re not used to doing so. In addition, taking natural photos means waiting for the perfect moments of action and lighting to capture photographs. Setting up product photos can take a lot of time. Hiring models can be expensive, especially if you need many models.
- Shutterstock – At http://www.shutterstock.com, you can find over 50 million stock images, videos and vectors to choose from with at least 5o,000 images added daily. Shutterstock was founded in 2003 by Jon Oringer, is headquartered in New York, and provides stock footage, stock photos and stock music. The site is packed with media and is easy to search through. It features vectors, illustrations, royalty-free footage, high quality music and more. Examples of photos you can find include business, dancing, dancers, travel and fashion. You can buy and sell both images and videos at http://www.shutterstock.com.
- iStockphoto – At http://www.istockphoto.com, you can find photos, vector art, stock footage and audio which can be used online or in print. iStock was founded by Bruce Livingstone in May of 2000, with credits needed to pay for each item ranging from 1 to 150 per image (or for a collection of images). iStockPhoto provides offers such as 4 free months, 20% off images and annual subscriptions. You can buy or sell stock photos at http://www.istockphoto.com.
- Fotolia – At https://fotolia.com, you can find royalty free videos, vectors, photos and images. With offices in Seattle, Washington, Paris, New York, Fotolia was founded in 2005. The site offers a staggering 20 million plus affordable videos, vectors and images in their image bank, and the purchased images can be used for print or online needs. You can sell buy and sell pictures at https://fotolia.com.