Stock Photography SitesPosted by George on Dec 5, 2011 in Empower Network, photography | Comments Off
The Good The Bad The Ugly Truth About Stock Photography Sites
In my time with working online and writing content, building websites I have had to deal with stock photography sites a lot. I don’t take photos myself but after finding out the cost involved with these sites I really considered it many times. So, the good the bad the ugly truth about stock photography sites. First the good.
The good thing about stock photography sites is that there are images for everything and anything you are looking for. You generally just have to put in what your looking for in the search box and hundreds of images will come up for you and then you have to spend time looking to find the one you want to buy. That usually takes a while because you pay so much for the image you want to make sure you pick the right one. I Don’t Blame You on that! I spend a lot of time when I do searches. A recommendation that I can give you for this is if your building a website for a client, ask them for images they have taken personally. It will save you money and it also helps make sure you are putting things on a website that the client likes. Sometimes I will take my own photos if I have to, like on my iphone 4s post (by the way that photo I didn’t even notice that protective shield was still on, that is why the image is blurry).
The Bad About Stock Photography
If you have not figured it out by now, the price is the bad part about stock photography. There are many well known sites out there for stock photography. Some are, http://www.shutterstock.com,
I say getty images is the most unliked site of all because they are very well known for extorting people for money. They send out extortion letters to people who have an image of theirs on their websites. They will never give you a cease and desist letter, they automatically assume your guilt and send you a bill. Many innocent people have fallen for this online bullying tactic of theirs and lost lots of money. You can read more about getty images extortion letters on Matthew Chans website.
Back to the pricing of stock photography. It really all depends on what website you go to that will determine how much you are going to pay for a photo. I suggest you look around the different sites first before you make a purchase, compare the plans and make a very educated decision. Although, there is one site that I will HIGHLY recommend at the end of this post. It will save you tons of money.
The Ugly Truth About Stock Photography
You have to understand that some stock photography websites are like eagles watching for new prey. Once they get their claws in you they won’t let go. Honestly, the photographers that submit stock photography for us to use do great work and they should be compensated for that. It is the company they go with to sell their images that get real shady with everything. Especially the licensing, be sure to READ THE LICENSE agreement before you make any purchase. Getty images for example wants to charge you hundreds of dollars for 1 image to be used on a website and for a certain amount of years too. It gets stupid with some of these stock photography websites how they try to gouge you for money. Be very very careful before you buy anything online.
Also, be careful about searching for royalty free stock photography images online. It is hard to find free stock photography images online any more. Why? Because of what companies like getty images like to do is go around and buy these little websites out and then they scan the internet for all those images they just purchased right too and then send their extortion letters. I can’t say that they are the only stock photography site that does this but for sure be very careful. If all else fails, take your own photos.
My Stock Photography Website Recommendation
I have found a wonderful site for everyone to get very inexpensive images and they are great images too. Photodune is a fairly new stock photography website but they are by far the most inexpensive. You do not need any yearly contract with them, they do not try to screw you over for hundreds of dollars, and the guys that are providing images are very very good at what they do. Definitely check them out and buy some images. You get to pick the size of the image you want and you get the license with the download. Out of all the sites online for stock photography Photodune is by far the best one.