It is a well known fact that the right image speaks more than a thousand words. By choosing the right image, it is possible to enhance the value of an infographic, a blog post or a slide presentation. However, getting the images that perfectly convey a certain message while at the same time enhance the aesthetic appeal of the site can be easier said than done. Therefore it is necessary to have the best sources from where these beautiful images can be obtained at the most affordable rates.
Here are some of the most well known websites for getting stock images at royalty-free, i.e. photos that are free to license or cheap and can be used for a myriad of purposes.
Fotolia has some of the most extensive collections of stock photos, nearing about 28,322,693 images. Their API makes it possible for many other well known stock image websites to use the image database of Fotolia.
One can easily register with Fotolia for free and have access to all of its royalty-free pictures with licenses that are worldwide valid and never expire. The payments can be managed either as pay-as-you-go options or daily subscription packages.
Dreamstime is considered one of the major leading providers of royalty-free stock images in the world. The site has a collection of more than 23 million illustrations and photos. The database of this site is regularly updated with hundreds and thousands of new images on a regular basis. These images can be easily viewed by registering with the site for free. For downloading photos, a user needs to buy a time-oriented subscription plan or a ‘pay-per-download’ package. This makes it possible to obtain a specific number of downloads on a regular basis.
iStock is one of the largest online libraries for stock photos that are available as royalty-free. This means that you only need to pay once and this presents you with the opportunity for using them multiple times. Numerous monthly and annual packages are available with iStock that work as no-limits subscriptions and start at US$199 on a per month basis. Users can even load their account details with their credits in advance for enjoying seamless click-and-go downloads.
Shutterstock presents an extensive collection of more than 35 million stock images, all of which are available royalty-free. Moreover, 10,000 new images with high-resolution features are added on a regular basis which helps in the extension of its library. The users can sign up for free to browse through the collections. They can also sign up for a daily subscription package that is available at simple pricing plans. Additionally, monthly subscription plans are also available. There are also ‘images on demand’ licenses that offer the scope to download images at any given time of the year. These licenses are valid for one year.
Getty Images is a site that allows users to share and embed many of their images for different types of non-commercial uses on various social media channels, blogs and websites.
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