8 Great Websites for Stock Photography
Though nothing beats a professional photographer who can produce bespoke images tailored directly to your needs, sometimes stock photography is a worthy compromise. Whether it’s due to budgetary issues or the simple convenience of having instant access to thousands of readymade images, most of us will find ourselves, from time-to-time, turning to stock.
With that said, it’s good to know what resources are out there. So here are 8 websites (both paid and free) for you to explore when you’re next on the hunt for stock photography.
iStock works on a credit/subscription model. So you can buy a certain number of credits for a set price. Or sign up to monthly or yearly subscriptions which entitle you to a predetermined number of images per month. One of the standout features of iStock is that it offers illustrations, video, and audio as well as images.
Unsplash offers an infinite-scroll homepage, search bar, and a ‘collections’ page. So you can choose from randomly browsing the library, honing in on something ultra-specific, or narrowing your options down to a broad collection within specific parameters. An example of some of the collections: Urban Landscapes, Minimalism Life, Lonely Planet, Creatures.
A simple and user-friendly layout, Picography lets you scroll through a large catalogue of free images at your leisure.
Photos, vectors, editorial images, footage, and music. Shutterstock offers a wide range of options for use in a variety of projects. Another paid-for service, Shutterstock offers users a no-strings ‘on demand’ option. Or there are numerous monthly subscriptions to choose from. Shutterstock even offer their own editing software.
Of all the paid-for services mentioned in this post, Bigstock gives some of the best value for money. Offering subscribers the same number of image downloads per day that others offer in a month. It’s a simple website to navigate, with a search bar that allows you to switch between image and video searches via a drop-down menu.
Search feature, dedicated ‘top best’ and ‘new’ photos sections, and a generous number of categories to narrow your results. Splitshire is a comprehensive website made even more impressive by the fact that it’s free.
Nice and simple. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Thousands of pictures from a broad range of categories. Plus the all-important, time-saving search feature. FreeImages is a foolproof free resource.
Note: this post is an opinion piece. Red Square Design has no affiliation with any of the websites listed above.