When it comes down to searching appropriate images for your blog / website, concept, idea, marketing materials, its always a daunting task. Right? Especially when you want to find a suitable imagery in high resolution.
I have picked some the best (well known) stock imagery websites I have been using, along with with some other (not so famous) options available.
Dreamstime is one of the world leaders in stock photography and a reliable supplier of high quality digital images at affordable prices. Online since 2000 as a Royalty-Free stock photography website, they have evolved into a powerful and active community-based site. All images are reviewed and approved by experienced editors. Their database is renewed with thousands of fresh images and titles on a daily basis.
Pricing: They have flexible pricing in terms of credits (starting from 11 credits) & subscription (starting from 750 images monthly) based plans. The credits option is good but higher the resolution, more the credits are applicable.
Shutterstock, a global technology company, has created the largest and most vibrant two-sided marketplace for creative professionals to license content - including images, videos and music - as well as innovative tools that power the creative process. Over 800,000 new stock images are added weekly.
Pricing: They have flexible pricing & charge as per image pack (starting from 2 images) & subscription (starting from 350 images monthly) based plans.
Founded in 2000, iStock created the crowd-sourced stock industry and became the original source for user-generated stock photos, vectors and illustrations, video clips and music clips. iStock is part of the Getty Images family of companies.
Pricing: They have flexible pricing & offer credits (starting from 3 credits) & subscription (starting from 10 images monthly) based plans.
Getty Images, Inc. is an American stock photo agency, based in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is a supplier of stock images for business and consumers with an archive of 80 million still images and illustrations and more than 50,000 hours of stock film footage. It targets three markets—creative professionals (advertising and graphic design), the media (print and online publishing), and corporate (in-house design, marketing and communication departments).
Pricing: Their ultra packs are categorized on the basis of low/med/high resolution requirement.
If you are a blogger & don't want to spend on per imagery then they have "Embedded" option which can be integrated in the blog post which in a way displays the photo and links to the imagery along with the contributor.
Other options to look at:StockSnap.io, Unsplash, Gratisography, Negative Space, Splitshire, Life of Pix, Death to Stock Photos, Superfamous Studios, Picjumbo, Freestock, IM Free, New Old Stock, Getrefe, Snapwire Snaps, Jay Mantri, Tookapic Stock
There are enough resources available when it comes to stock imagery. So invest your time in selecting the right imagery for your blog, concept, idea & take it to the next level.