Finding the right photo for the right moment can be a very difficult task. To ease the mission i have done the research for you and found the best stock photo websites. The chosen websites grantee you a beautiful, high quality, exclusive and varied stock of photographs.
500px.com is a photo sharing site intended to be a Flickr alternative where photographers could showcase their best work without it getting lost in a bunch of fuzzy out of focus pictures of blank yards.
For a reasonable yearly fee, paid accounts offer in-depth control of things like SEO and the ability to add Google Analytics along with more customization options
With a collection of over 76,860,881 royalty-free stock high-quality, vetted stock images, video, and music, but not only is it one of the biggest collections, it is one of the best available to photo buyers because of its variety and quality.
The content model for Shutterstock plans and pricing is based on a subscription model that allows buyers looking for multiple images for commercial or editorial use an easy way to purchase photos on a monthly basis instead of per image. Luckily for those on a tighter budget, their sister site Bigstock, offers buyers in need of a single image, or just a few, a better alternative to buy piecemeal.
Stocksy is a new concept in stock photography. The agency is a co-operative owned collectively by photographers and members. The vision is to democratize the process of stock photography with this sustainable business model developed by Bruce Livingstone, the original owner and creator of iStockphoto.
Stocksy has a very transparent and simple buying process. All images have royalty free licenses, and all images are the same price. Simple.
- Prices for images start at $10 USD with the top price for an x-large file being $100 USD
- 100% of the extended license is payed to the photographer
- Three licensing options are available with pricing depending on the use
- Single image buying option only. This site does not have credit or subscription options
4-Pexels ( free)
This site features curated high quality photos without a lot of junk. Sometimes free sites are loaded with images that will likely never be used; this is not the case with Pexels. The site is loaded with top quality images that represent a variety of settings and people. It’s our top choice in the Free category and the usage rights are the very flexible Creative Commons Zero. This means free for personal and commercial use, with no attribution required!
iStock was the first microstock agency and had no real competition for 3 years. It’s been the go-to site to buy and sell stock photos and is a leading competitor today. Owned by Getty Images, iStock is known for its variety of images, unique features and payment options.
You will pay per download with credits and the more credits you buy at once the more money you save. There are 2 image categories for subscriptions: essentials and signature.
Thanks for reading and feel free to add any other photo stuck websites in the comments.