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Get Your Stock Photos with Deposit Photos Today! Stock Photos have become more popular now than ever before. Why? Imagine the cost and time associated with commissioning a professional photographer to capture just the right picture for your next project. That effort could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Stock photography companies provide millions of royalty-free images for you to use in your projects. In a matter of minutes you can have the perfect photo in your hands with the right colors and props, and at a very affordable price. From the convenience and comfort of your office or home, you can quickly find the stock photo you need by accessing one of many professional stock photo websites.

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2017

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5 stars
Deposit Photos

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Cost:

From 50 cents to $9 per image

TopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award Deposit Photos is the go-to-place for stock photos - no matter your need. With over 10 million quality images available to choose from, Deposit Photos has one of the largest selections of photographs we could find.

When shopping at Deposit Photos, you can expect to quickly find the images you want whether they're pictures, vector files, or illustrations. Despite having such a large database of royalty-free photos, finding exactly what you're looking for at Deposit is easy. You can either type in keywords associated with an image you want, or you can select from over 30 different image categories. Once the results appear, you can narrow down your search further by photo, vector image, horizontal, vertical, or square, image size, and contributor.

Deposit Photos also won us over with their pricing options. You can choose from either the flexible credit or subscription plan.

  • The Pay-by-Credit option allows you to pay as you go. The photos are priced by size and photographer, and typically range from $.80 to $20.00 each.
  • The Subscription Plan is for those that need images on a regular basis. Here you can choose from a one- to twelve-month subscription plan. You can further define your plan by choosing the approximate number of downloads you'll need most days. Subscription plans start at $69 per month - the longer the subscription, the cheaper your price per photo.
Deposit Photo also has a generous free trial offer. For seven days you can download free pictures, with a maximum of five image downloads per day, to try-out their service.

The number of quality images at Deposit Photos is one reason they lead the competition. In addition, their search engine functionality, plus their flexible and affordable pricing, made them stand out among the pack. If you're looking for great pictures at affordable prices, Deposit Photos is the place to start. They earn our highest rating.

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4.5 stars
Dreamstime

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Cost:

From $0.20 per image

From $39/month subscription

Dreamstime has the self-proclaimed "World's largest community in stock photos", with more than 46,000,000 images. Whether you're looking for a stock photo of a place, an object, or a landscape, with such wide selection, they are likely to have what you are looking for.

Dreamstime's website is easily navigable. Image types (such as photos or illustrations) stand out at the top with generic category tiles (travel, nature, etc.) a little farther down the page. Once in a selected group you are able to sort and refine your search, and know how many results there are. Example: while searching for nature photos we noticed over 9 million to choose from. After refining our search by choosing Deserts, we were left with more than 147,000 images. The depth of the Dreamstime selection is impressive, if not a little daunting, so we found it easier to use their search feature. This technique narrowed our search down to 663 photos after typing "flowing sand desert".

The price of online stock photos varies widely depending on the quality, size, bulk purchases, and subscription plans. Dreamstime's price structure is no different and uses credits as currency on their website. The price of a given image is dependent on its total number of downloads and the image size being downloaded. Each time an image is purchased the total downloads rises until hitting a new pricing level. When a photo hits a new level the number of credits needed to purchase the same image also increases.

One image will range from 1 credit (for the smallest image size in the lowest pricing level) up to 19 credits (for the maximum image size in the maximum pricing level). You can buy a minimum of eleven credits ($14.99) and use them anytime within a year to purchase downloads. The more credits you buy at a time the cheaper each credit is. Another option is to get a Dreamstime subscription which allows a specific number of downloads in a given time, such as 750 images every 3 months ($220/month). The longer your timeframe, up to a year, the cheaper per download cost.

With so many companies providing online stock photos at reasonable prices it is important for a stock website to provide high quality images to their customers. Dreamstime works to accomplish this by reviewing images and refusing those that aren't up to their standards.

Whether you're in need of a single photo, a few every now and then, or dozens each month, Dreamstime has the selection, value, and quality stock photos customers are looking for. We recommend them for your next stock photo purchase.

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4.5 stars
Big Stock

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Cost:

From $2.99 to $12.99 per image

Big Stock has been a popular name in the industry since 2004 and when they say "Big" they aren't joking. The Big Stock website offers over 12 million images to choose from. Actually, in our minds, "Big" and "Economical" are the two words that best describe Big Stock.

The Big Stock database of photos, illustrations and vector images is literally huge. Their search functionality was not overly impressive but if you have patience you're likely to find exactly what you're looking for at Big Stock. Once you type in the keyword you may narrow your search by additional descriptive work or you may choose photos, illustrations, vector files, editorial only, and picture orientation. We found through trial and error that putting several descriptive words in the search key narrowed the results quickly. We also noticed that Big Stock has a large database of celebrity photos available, unlike many other stock photo companies.

Pricing is straightforward at Big Stock. Images are priced by size and range from $2.99 to $12.99 - some of the most affordable options out there. Another method to buy images is to purchase credits. The typical package is between 6 and 500 credits and can greatly reduce the cost per picture price.

Big Stock left a big impression on us. We liked the huge database and the very affordable pricing. The search functionality could be tweaked to streamline the process but we feel Big Stock definitely meets the needs of many photo stock shoppers with their great selection and affordable pricing.

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4 stars
Think Stock

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Cost:

Starting from $99

Think Stock is another brain child of Getty Images and seeks to provide quality images at more affordable pricing than the parent company. Images are organized in 40 different collections and across 20 different categories.

The Think Stock collection gives customers access to over 9 million images via a well designed website. We found several high quality pictures in our search efforts. We also liked the options available to narrow our results. Think Stock allows users to refine by photography, illustration, vector, background, nudity, horizontal, vertical, collection names, people specifics and much more. However, we were unable to find any pictures of celebrities or public figures at Think Stock.

Think Stock offers two different pricing models for a photo stock purchase. Choose from a prepaid "pack" option of 5, 10, 25 or more downloads. Pricing for the minimum download purchase is $99. Or for those that have a large quantity of images in mind, Think Stock provides a monthly or annual subscription plan. The one 1 month subscription plan is priced at $299 and caps downloads at 25 maximum images per day.

Overall, the Think Stock experience is good. We liked the quality photos and the selection. We didn't feel Think Stock was built for those wanting only a few images but does offer affordable options for those with small to medium sized projects.

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4 stars
Getty Images

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Cost:

From $15 to $1,000+ per image

Getty Images is known for their high quality stock photos as well as video and music. With over 5 million images available the selection is significant. Getty's diverse file types cater to bigger budget web designers and marketing companies that need the highest quality photos and are able to pay for them.

Stock images may be searched using a several options to refine the effort. Input several key words and then narrow by royalty-free, all rights managed, and then collection. The Getty Images website even allows you to refine by orientation, color and black and white. Once the images appear, an abundant list of further refining options appear and allows the user to find exactly what they are looking for. The refining options are the most prevalent of any company reviewed. We did notice that celebrity photos were limited.

Getty is said to limit who they do business with. The word on the street is they don't want their pictures spread over the Internet from non professional companies. We didn't have any issues with our purchase but read several comments regarding access issues.

Most of Getty's images start at $15 to $25 and go to $400 and more for larger sizes. This is definitely not a stock photo site for those on a strict budget. For the rights managed photos you will be asked a number of questions to determine the price of the photo. Limited usage can run hundreds of dollars even on a small picture.

Getty has great stock photos, many of which are considered of the highest artistic quality on the web. The search functionality was also second to none. However, you'll defiantly pay the price for great pictures. Getty is geared for companies with big budgets and the highest quality needs.

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3.5 stars
iStock

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Cost:

From $3 to $4,000 per image

iStock Photo is a major player in the stock photo industry. They offer over 6 million images to choose from and a well functioning search engine. iStock offers affordable photos, vector options, illustrations and flash files to meet your needs.

To find the stock photo you're looking for, you may choose from 25 different categories or type in your description in the search key. Once the results appear iStock allows you to quickly sort through what you're looking for by narrowing your results via image type, price range, license type, color, size, number of people, and more.

One downside to using iStock is that we saw several redundant photos, or subject matters that don't really match the search criteria. This reduces the number of available images when searching for that perfect picture. Also, we didn't find any celebrity pictures available at iStock.

The iStock Photo purchase process is very simple. You can choose from 12 to 3,000 credits, or in dollar terms $19 all the way up to $4,000. Credit costs become cheaper the more you buy. Most small pictures range between $3 to $9 in credit costs.

iStock Photo caters to those businesses or individuals with infrequent to small projects. We liked that the photo costs are priced in the low- to mid-range when compared to other companies reviewed. Also, the number of photo options when searching was quite impressive.

Overall, iStock Photo is worthy of consideration if you have a small project need.

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3 stars
Crestock

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Cost:

From $1 to $30 per image

Crestock started in 2005 to provide customers with affordable stock photo options. The Crestock website is easy to use but didn't wow us with the quality of photographs within the 1.5 million image database. Some of the benefits of Crestock include a selection of celebrity photos as well as flexible payment options.

When searching through the photos at Crestock you may type in several key words either in the Creative tab or the Celebrity tab. We found no sub categories to help in our search. We also were disappointed to see that many of our searches had far fewer results than those found at websites ranked higher. Once results appear you may narrow the results by file type, photo sizes, image orientation, and additional sort results. Not only were the search results much smaller at Crestock but several of the available pictures were lower quality than we were looking for.

Crestock offers three flexible options to purchase their imagery. You may pay for photos individually based on size. Pictures start at $1 for X-Small and go up to $30 each for vectors. Another option is a subscription for either 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. Crestock doesn't place daily limits on downloads but essentially allows for 600 purchases per month at an affordable $199. Each additional month is more affordable and provides access to download even additional photos at a per month basis. Prices at a per image price break down to $.25 to $.33 a piece when using the subscription method. Finally, Crestock offers a credit option for customers between 10 and 1000 credits. Prices start at $1 per credit and gradually become cheaper the more you purchase. Credits expire after one year from purchase.

For those looking for a load of affordable stock photos the Crestock subscription option is just that. We were less impressed with the quality of images at Crestock and found the database of options a bit redundant. If quality is your biggest concern, we recommend you shop a higher ranked company.

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3 stars
Yay Micro

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Cost:

From $1.95 to $11.60 per image

Yay Micro is a stock photo company that attempts to fill a niche with budget friendly images. Yay offers over 3 million pictures but unfortunately many of those are redundant - reducing the overall options for stock photo seekers.

Yay is unique from other companies in that it offers over 100 different categories to choose from. We learned, through trial and error, that these specific categories were helpful when no additional drill down features were available. The result was a lot of time searching through a long list of images. Also, in our search results we were disappointed to see that many of the pictures were of the same subjects but in slightly different poses.

The pricing at Yay is straightforward and easy to follow. Pricing is based on image size with small photos starting at $1.95 and going up to $19.50 a piece for large options. Yay also offers package deals for 5, 10, 25,100 or 500 images.

Yay Micro misses the mark with quality images. The search functionality was off and significant time was needed to go through several photos to find something that may or may not work. However, the prices were budget friendly at Yay and the hundreds of categories helped in the effort. If you are a patient person you might find the prices at Yay favorable but be sure and find what your looking for before buying credits.

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However, not all stock photo companies are the same. When choosing a stock photo company to work with, you should consider a number of factors:

  • Selection. Having millions of stock photos available at one website improves the likelihood of finding the one you're looking for.
  • Price. Stock photo prices can vary greatly. Be aware of the average cost of each image before buying credits. Also, look for subscription and membership options if you need a large number of images.
  • Quality. Successful stock photography companies utilize high quality photos that will add value to your website and advertising. Look for companies that provide artistically high quality work to choose from.

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best stock photography providers available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right stock photos for your next project!

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