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Dreamstime vs Getty Images

To help you find the Best Stock Photos, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of Dreamstime and Getty Images.

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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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4.5 stars
Dreamstime

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Cost:

From $0.20 per image

Dreamstime has the self-proclaimed "World's largest community in stock photos", with more than 100,000,000 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 ($188/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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Getty Images

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Cost:

From $150 to $499 per image

Getty Images is known for their high quality stock photos as well as video and music. With over 20 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.

Getty's images start at $150 if you buy a pack of 10 (total price $1,500) to $499per image 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 definitely pay the price for great pictures. Getty is geared for companies with big budgets and the highest quality needs.

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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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