what stock photo sites are you using?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by tobefirst, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. tobefirst macrumors 68040

    tobefirst

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    My company has a subscription to iStockPhoto right now, but that will be ending at the end of this month. I'm positive that when I call and inquire about renewing, the price per month will have gone up. We started using iStock back when it was $1, $3, $5 per image (I think that's right), and now the costs are 10x that.

    So, what site(s) are you using? Is there a less expensive site out there that has a great collection of images my company should be using instead?
     
  2. autumnsong macrumors member

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    I like Pixabay. I'm not sure if on the terms of use for companies, but the photos are creative commons zero, so they should probably work.
     
  3. tobefirst thread starter macrumors 68040

    tobefirst

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    I use pixabay, unstream, and pexels for personal projects, but their catalog is not nearly big enough for the stuff I do at work. I appreciate the suggestion, but I'm needing a stock photo site the approximate size of the one we're using. Thanks!
     
  4. laurim macrumors 68000

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    I use Pond 5 the most because the prices are the most reasonable I have found. And often when I find an image or movie on another site I can find the exact same thing being sold by the same person cheaper there. The items are sold individually with actual prices so you don't have to do a "buy credits" or subscription package calculation dance like with others.

    I also use iStockphoto, 123rf, Shutterstock, BigStock and Adobe Stock (they have excellent high res images for only $9.99).
     
  5. sarge macrumors 6502a

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    The reason it's cheaper at Pond5 is because the revenue share is split 50/50 whereas on other platforms the photographer doesn't make half the selling price and so has to charge a higher rate to make the percentage worth their while. Photoshelter is being utilized by a lot of independent photographers and I believe there is an option for them to participate in bulk package sales for clients so maybe that is an option as well.
     
  6. spacedcadet macrumors regular

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    shutterstock.com alamy.com and dreamstime.com are good royalty free sites.
     
  7. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a

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    Shutterstock and ThinkStock are about the only truly large-scale, low-cost alternatives I can think of. Everyone else suffers from low quality, low resolutions, or low volume of image selection.
     

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