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Monday, 24 May 2010

Where to buy Stock Images and upload your work

Stock photographs are images that can be licensed and used for certain uses. A number of people as well as corporations, such as publishers (of books, catalogues, newsletters, calendars, etc.) film makers, advertising agencies, web designers, visual artists, interior designers and various creative occupations take advantage of stock images. Working with stock images is undoubtedly faster and usually cheaper than employing a photographer to shoot specified photos.

Once you license your own photographs, you really want to understand these terms:

Royalty Free

By having a Royalty Free agreement, you (the photographer) can sell the image as frequently as you would like. The consumer pays a one time fee to make use of the particular image many times for many purposes, and for as long as he or she requires. In most cases, your Royalty Free license stipulates the number of times an image can be reproduced. The number of copies is termed the print run. If ever the user makes copies above the print run, they pay an extra charge for each additional copy. For that reason, publishers who may have large print runs (such as a number of magazines) don't use Royalty Free images.


"Licensed images" is a different label for Rights-managed. Using this type of agreement, the user may or may not possess exclusive rights to the picture. Exclusivity will be negotiated in the licensing terms. The consumer pays each time they use the image. There's a time restriction to Rights-managed image licenses, so if exclusivity was part of the deal, you'll be able to re-sell the particular picture after the time restriction has terminated, although not before. The fee is based on exclusivity, distribution, length as well as geographic area.


"Editorial" describes subject matter within the photographs, and whether they may be shown without a special release. With no release from the actual subjects, you can use the photos solely for news or academic reasons. With a signed release, you may use the image for marketing or display it together with controversial material.


  • Dreamstime is a distinguished leader in stock photography and a major supplier of high quality digital images at unbelievable prices. All stock images available are provided by Dreamstime community's photographers, shot on film or digital and approved by our editors. Structured on categories and subcategories, the database is renewed with thousands of fresh images and titles on a daily basis.


  • Shutterstock is the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world. Now with over eleven millionroyalty-free imagesindexed. Images are usually purchased on a subscription plan, making it more affordable to purchase multiple images.


  • iStockphoto is the internet's original member-generated image and design community.


  • Fotolia is able to offer individuals and professionals (advertising agencies, press, small business, graphic artists, designers) the greatest image collection in the world for free or as little as $0.75.

Graphic Leftovers

  • Since Graphic Leftovers launched in March of 2008 with just 200 graphics, what was once a site for "leftovers" has now evolved to become one of the best collection of quality vector art and images on the web.

Graphic River

  • A nice collection of quality royalty free stock graphics and vectors, icon sets and Photoshop add-ons.


  • Browse through the categories containing over 350.000 quality stock photos free of charge. Need a wallpaper for your desktop or illustration for your blog? Need a pic for your commercial website design? Looking for inspiration? Have a look around.


  • Get access to more than 400,000 model-released stock photos and illustrations with a one month subscription package. Download royalty-free photos as you need them ‚Äì up to 25 per day.

Jupiter Images

  • Jupiterimages is one of the leading suppliers of stock photography in the world ‚Äì with a comprehensive photo library covering royalty-free images and stock illustration. You‚Äôll find top collections including AbleStock.com, Comstock Images and PhotoObjects.net.

Free photo resources

  • Freefoto Over 100,000 web size images for use in off-line non-commercial works such as school projects, church services, cards, leaflets, etc.

  • iFreephoto - Lots of free stock photos.

  • http://www.sxc.hu Lots of great free stock images,

  • ImageAfter Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from the site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial.

  • Morguefile Morguefile contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.

  • Photocase Over 100,000 high-quality royalty-free images. You have to upload your own photos to be able to download for free.

  • Stockvault.net Stockvault.net is a stock photo sharing website where designers and photographers can meet to share their images. ~10,000 photos.

  • Freeimages More than 2500 original stock photos for free.

  • Piotr.Pix Piotr.Pix is an image database providing free high-quality images. They currently have nearly 2000 items in their collection.

Friends and partners

  • Intuitivmedia Providing creative stock images in high resolution for advertising at affordable prices.

  • iStockphoto Affordable inspiration: royalty-free photos, illustrations, video, audio and Flash¬Æ files from $1.

The Stock Artists Alliance is a global organization which safe guards the rights of stock photographers, regardless of whether they practice film or digital photography. http://www.stockartistsalliance.org/

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  1. Hello Thanks for the great information really enjoyed the read ! :-)

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