Top Stock Image Websites

Whether working on a presentation, project or a display to be showcased; images are vital because they have an emotional appeal and make the people seeing them pay attention. This has led to the increased use of stock images around the world because not everyone can afford to hire a photographer and arrange for a photo session. Stock images once purchased can be modified and redistributed commercially. Here are some sites that offer this service.

 

istockphoto.com
With millions of royalty free images, illustrations and photos; this site is easy to browse through and sorts the images in categories to narrow the search. They have free images to get you started and subscribers buy the pictures via the iStock credits they purchase. New high quality pictures are added daily ranging from quality city scenes, people and breathtaking landscapes. Visit istockphoto.com

 

stock.adobe.com
Adobe has over 50 million illustrations, stock photos and vector graphics. They are all royalty free and this site allows you to download them directly into other Adobe software like Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator for modification. This service is integrated into the cloud meaning you can access them from anywhere with a supported device and once purchased you are free to use them for commercial or personal use. Visit stock.adobe.com

 

shutterstock.com
This is a subscription service that also lets one time users purchase vectors, stock images and videos on the go; the former option is way much cheaper though. Having over 33 million images and an easy to use keyword search function that directs you to the pictures ensures you always get the images you wanted. About 20 thousand high definition pictures gets added daily to this site to ensure you never run out of options. Visit shutterstock.com

 

bigstockphoto.com
Having over 17 million royalty free stock photos; this subscription site aims at having you inspired always. The pictures are wonderful pieces of art, decent and of very high quality. The images are grouped into popular categories and the search function is thorough and precise. Visit bigstockphoto.com

 

fotolia.com
Fotolia is a community of agencies, graphic designers, artists and photographers that crowd-source their content to whoever wants them. As a subscription service, you get access to creative, thought inspiring and high definition photos that are uploaded every day. They have illustrations, videos and vector graphics too, and all are royalty free with no restrictions on how they can be used after purchase. Visit fotolia.com

 

alamy.com
45 million images, free iPad app for you to get pictures on the go and all commissions earned are donated to help pay for students tuition fees meaning this is a unique website. The stock photos are of top quality and they also have videos on the site too. You can get stunning portraits, amazing landscapes, fancy buildings and a lot more for a reasonable subscription fee. They also have some free photos to get you started on your project and premium feature that gives access to all the royalty free stock images. Visit alamy.com

 

123rf.com
This is a free photo editing tool that has over 63 million stock images to choose from, it also has video, audios and vectors. For anyone who has subscribed; you pick an image, edit using the filters available, then download your final version that has no watermark. Them ajority of the features are free making it perfect for creating visual content especially for social media. Visit 123rf.com

 

dreamstime.com
This is one of the largest with over 16 million users having access to the over 48million stock images on offer. There is a mobile app for Android and iPhone, all services are free and there are also illustrations and vectors available. Users can also share their royalty free photos and the content repository keeps expanding with each passing day. Navigation is also easy, images and videos have been grouped into categories to narrow the search for the perfect snap. Visit dreamstime.com

 

megapixl.com
This site has tens of millions of stock images and the first month of subscription is free and there is no daily limit on the number of images you can download. They also have clip-arts, vectors and videos grouped into categories for easy searching. These categories include nature, people, travel, technology, etc. You can use any image commercially, as long as you credit the photographer. Visit megapixl.com

 

gettyimages.co.uk
As the pioneer of licensed imagery online and with millions of photos in their repositories, Getty images are easy to browse, easy to search and has illustrations, videos and amazing photos in its library. Unlike other sites, there is no blanket price of the photos rather; they are priced according to the license requirements. They offer rewards, free images which are watermarked and an affordable subscription service. Visit gettyimages.co.uk