At Raidious, we have a love-hate relationship with stock photography. Our designers and social media experts rely on great images every day to help tell stories for our clients. Finding the right image and finding it quickly are keys to success for both us and our clients. The amount of time we spend trying to find the “perfect photo” is sometimes unbelievable and overwhelming.
There are literally millions of stock photos out there and hundreds of different sites to choose from. But how do you know which one to choose? We’ve reviewed some of the top sites and shared our thoughts to help give you some direction.
So, you have a budget? Consider these great paid options.
Also known as the 800-pound gorilla of stock photography, Getty offers royalty-free, rights-managed and editorial photos. You’re going to pay Getty a little more per photo but you’ll find an amazing selection and photos not to be found anywhere else.
Owned by Getty, iStock offers flexible pricing in the form of either credits or a subscription. With Millions of photos, its a great affordable option for everyday stock photos, illustrations, audio and video.
Also a part of the Getty family, Thinkstock is a great one-stop-shop for photos and illustrations. With a subscription or image pack options from Thinkstock, you get a mix of images from both Getty and iStock.
Corbis could be considered Getty’s arch nemesis. They offer rights-managed, royalty-free and editorial. They also have CorbisMotion, which offers both creative and editorial video options. Corbis is a more expensive option, but well worth it if you have the budget.
Veer, owned by Corbis, is a great option for creatives. Not only do they offer photos and illustrations, but they also have a great font library. Veer is reasonably priced and has both credits and subscription options.
Similar to iStock in price and options, Shutterstock offers royalty-free images, video footage and music. With millions of images, vectors, videos and music, Shutterstock has a lot to offer and flexible plans to fit your specific needs.
They say they have “images and video for everyone”. So if you’re looking for exclusive images that nobody else has, Bigstock might not be right for you. On the other hand, if you have a small budget and you don’t mind “ok” images, then you’ve come to the right place.
If you’re really cheap, here’s some free options.
As the world’s largest online photo community, the possibilities are endless. Just make sure you check the usage rights before you show your client something you can’t deliver on.
If you have no budget and don’t mind weeding through a lot of horrible photos to find a diamond in the rough, RGB Stock may be a good option. You get what you pay for!
Are you lazy? These sites deliver amazing and free photos to your inbox.
Whether for use or inspiration, we recommend subscribing to Unsplash for free, amazing high-resolution, do-whatever-you-want images sent directly to your email.
Every month, they send you great photos. Need premium images? They have those, too, for a small $15 monthly fee. Well worth it to get access to their complete library of awesome photos.
Get photos sent directly to your inbox or search their massive and all-free library. Also, use their photoshop plugin to get photos directly in Photoshop.
If you’re still unsure about what photo site is right for you, contact Raidious. We’re here to help point you in the right direction.