11 Great Stock Photography (Stock Photos) Websites

Having good quality photos on your website is always a plus and it definitely makes its design more attractive. However you can’t just use search engines and take photos straight from the first results you get there. This is unprofessional and you could get into trouble with the copyright holders of the pictures you would use.

One of the most popular ways to find good quality pictures is stock photo websites. There’s plenty of them, thus they provide millions of pictures that you could use. Some of them won’t charge you for using their photos so you can still find good quality photos if you make a research. However it doesn’t mean that the one’s that do charge you are a bad option. It might even be better because you can definitely appreciate the photos you will buy, as quality is assured plus you don’t have to pay a fortune for them. It’s much cheaper than hiring a professional photographer and you can get images from absolutely all the corners of our planet.

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Be sure to check out these websites first if you decide on getting images from stock photography websites. We are sure they might help you out.

Paid Stock Photos

DepositPhotos

DepositPhotos.com is your #1 resource for buying and selling Royalty-free photographs and vector images. Our vast library of imagestock coupled with our wide variety of flexible purchase options makes us the most convenient and profitable tool for designers, artists and photographers.

All the images offered for sale on our site, whether they’re photographic or vector rendered, are protected by intellectual property rights and made available for use in accordance with our Royalty-free license. Our libraries are updated daily through contributor uploads that are closely scrutinized for quality and originality. Between the protections and the controls, you’re assured of finding the highest quality original artwork available anywhere.

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Shutterstock

Shutterstock is the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world. Every day we add thousands of photographs, illustrations, and vectors to our outstanding collection of premium, royalty-free images. Select the subscription plan that’s best for you and start downloading today.

iStockPhoto

Welcome to iStockphoto, the web’s original source for royalty-free stock images, media and design elements. For over 10 years artists, designers and photographers from all over the world have come here to create, work and learn. Although iStockphoto started with just a few photos in 2000, we now offer vector illustrations, videos, music and sound effects, Flash and, coming soon, logos.

Millions of people depend on iStockphoto for affordable prices and exceptional quality. All iStock files are royalty-free1, which means you only have to pay once to use the file multiple times. We even offer a Legal Guarantee1 – our promise that content used within the terms of the license agreement will not infringe on any copyright, moral right, trademark or other intellectual property right, or violate any right of privacy or publicity.

Fotolia

Stock Photography WebsitesFotolia is the first worldwide social marketplace for royalty free stock images, allowing individuals and professionals to legally buy and share stock images and illustrations.Fotolia offers the largest image bank of free and affordable royalty free photos and illustrations perfect for any medium, web or print.Photographers and designers constantly update Fotolia with thousands of new photos and illustrations each day, while photographers and designers receive commission from each photo sold and revenue from advertising on the free section.

Getty Images

Today’s digital media offers us powerful and seemingly endless ways to create, communicate and connect. And while quick online access to images, footage and music may be second nature to us now, just a decade ago it was almost unimaginable. As a leading creator and distributor of still imagery, footage, music and other premium content, our goal is to inspire communicators – and give them the tools to create inspiring work of their own.

We offer the industry’s best and broadest collections of imagery and footage – including award-winning news, sport and entertainment content, plus rare and contemporary archival imagery. Our music collection provides a wide range of pre-cleared tracks from independent artists, chart-topping acts and popular soundtracks. From multi-million-dollar advertisers to leading newspapers, feature film and television producers to bloggers of all kinds – for premium digital content, the world’s most influential media look to gettyimages.com.

DreamsTime

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.

Dreamstime provides imagery to an infinite gamut of clients in the creative market from independent customers in the private sector to Fortune 500 companies (including the world’s largest advertising agencies, national and international magazines, film and television production companies).

Pixmac

Pixmac is here to be the fastest, most usable and reliable microstock agency out there…anywhere in the image marketplace. So if you’re looking for best picture or just trying to sell your best shot, Pixmac is your perfect tool, with accurate search results and lots of help for you at every step.

Pixmac was launched in September 2008, and is under constant development to bring you the best user experience ever. We are surfing the Web, looking around, having meetings and brainstorming 24/7. Our only goal is 100% customer satisfaction. We invite you to join our community and see the possibilities with Pixmac. Feel free to contact us and tell us your experience with Pixmac. Together we can make it easier, faster and more efficient for you to find what you want.

Free Stock Photos

Flickr

Maybe they want to keep a blog of moments captured on their cameraphone, or maybe they want to show off their best pictures or video to the whole world in a bid for web celebrity. Or maybe they want to securely and privately share photos of their kids with their family across the country. Flickr makes all these things possible and more!

To do this, we want to get photos and video into and out of the system in as many ways as we can: from the web, from mobile devices, from the users’ home computers and from whatever software they are using to manage their content. And we want to be able to push them out in as many ways as possible: on the Flickr website, in RSS feeds, by email, by posting to outside blogs or ways we haven’t thought of yet. What else are we going to use those smart refrigerators for? Flickr is the WD-40 that makes it easy to get photos or video from one person to another in whatever way they want.

EveryStockPhoto

Everystockphoto.com is a license-specific photo search engine. Currently we index and search millions of freely licensed photos, from many sources, and present them in an integrated search. Everystockphoto.com was launched in April 2006, and is owned and operated by Vibrant Software, located in Vancouver, Canada. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.

FreeDigitalPhotos

FreeDigitalPhotos.net is the best place on the web to download free images for use in corporate and personal projects. Our images can be used by web designers, graphic designers and editors to illustrate and brighten up websites and printed media such as newspapers and magazines.

Stock Exchange

SXC was launched in February 2001 as an alternative for expensive stock photography. The idea was to create a site where creative people could exchange their photos for inspiration or work. The site has evolved into the massive community you see today — there are over 2,500,000 registered users and around 400,000 photos online.

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13 Comments
  1. Dezine Weblog Feb 13, 8:52 pm

    Depositphotos.com is very famous these days, I see their advertisement on almost every website.

    Thanks for compiling the list :)

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  2. Christian Beier (CBpictures) Feb 15, 1:32 pm

    Interesting list, but the Flickr can not be necessarily referred as a source for free photos. Many photos are protected and the use is a copyright violation.

    Even through such article, is misunderstood flickr and many photos simply used.

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  3. Emma Wilson Feb 16, 5:10 pm

    You could also check out Moodboard for high quality stock photographs

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  4. Angelina Apr 21, 11:27 am

    Hey, thanks for the information that you’ve compiled here. It’s really a great resources for us to refer to. I would like to add a stock photo site, http://www.123rf.com . I’ve been using the images there because of better pricing provided and they’ve free images as well.

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  5. Dan Padavona Apr 23, 6:32 pm

    This is a nice, comprehensive list. I just wanted to announce that our website allows everyone to purchase direct from the artists.

    Many of you may not be aware that istockphoto lowered its commissions for many of its artists to just 15% last September, meaning they keep 85% of those sales. Fotolia also significantly lowered artist commissions. Ironically iStock also raised its prices significantly too.

    Because of these trends, the artists are now seeking the ability to market their work direct to the public, without the agency as a middle man.

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  6. dero Oct 2, 2:39 pm

    Started New Stock Vector Agency Now, what is your opinion?
    I am sending URL adress.
    http://www.vip-vectors.com

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  7. sarah Mar 23, 7:27 pm

    great list of stock sites. personally i use http://www.ingimage.com – always found what i need on here :)

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  8. Martha Mar 28, 2:08 pm

    Thanks for the list. I personally used http://www.kozzi.com ‘s photos and images. I love their sites because they satisfy my blogs needs. :) ^^_

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  9. Brish May 8, 1:57 pm

    I agreed to Martha, now I used kozzi.com to get a high resolution to my blog. I can download it easily an have it less than a minute.

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  10. Aiden Jun 11, 2:28 pm

    thanks, there are lots of list for stock photos and i tried of of them on my blogs. But i notice some of them are not free. So i try kozzi.com and it works i can download all the image that i want for free.

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  11. Todd Jun 13, 11:59 pm

    Good list here – lots of heavy hitters I’ve used myself in the past. Also check out http://arenacreative.com for a highly curated smaller collection of great stock photos and vector illustrations.

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  12. marco colazingari Dec 6, 1:21 pm

    Hi! Nice list.. Check out also http://www.colaimages.com for vintage stock photos, it is a great collection of old images.

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  13. Web-labor Feb 4, 3:41 am

    Depositphotos has the best pricing but fotolia and iStock have a larger choice.

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