Stock Photography: Best prices per pic?

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Which of the giant stock photo sites typically has the best prices when buying a single image.

I only need a couple of images so I'm not interested in picking up a monthly subscription.

Shutterstock has 12 for $49 which isn't bad but I wanted to check out my options before whipping out ye 'ol credit card.
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  • Profile picture of the author culpetm
    dreamstime has a huge section of free photos - that's what I use for many of my websites
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    • Profile picture of the author mcmahanusa
      A lot of people use fotolia. You purchase credits - $30 for 26 credits is the minimum - and then apply them to the purchase of the photos you want. The cost per photo depends largely upon the size.

      They have a really large selection. Well, it seems large to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author aidantech
    Originally Posted by jasonmorgan View Post

    Which of the giant stock photo sites typically has the best prices when buying a single image.

    I only need a couple of images so I'm not interested in picking up a monthly subscription.

    Shutterstock has 12 for $49 which isn't bad but I wanted to check out my options before whipping out ye 'ol credit card.
    Hi Jason,

    Also try Istockphoto, they are good, i used to use shutter but then changed to Istock as they offered a pay a you go as opposed to shutterstock which only offered a set payment which was very restrictive and more expensive if you are a lite user..
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  • Profile picture of the author SuiteJ
    If you're going to need a LOT of images, then definitely buy a bulk package to save yourself money per image.

    Depends on your needs as well. Don't "only" look at costs "per credit" because some stock sites charge "more credits" for different types of images. For instance, if you need vector images, then they tend to cost more for high quality ones at istockphoto.com than they do at bigstockphoto.com and dreamstime.com.

    If you need really high resolution, the cost per image increases and by how much varies quite a bit across different sites.

    What I would do is make a lightbox (save images you like in albums temporarily without buying them) on a few of the top sites. Then, when you're finished, compare the cost of each album of images you saved across all the sites if you were to buy them. The cheapest is the one you "whip out ye' old credit card for".

    Which reminds me of a hot tip! Stock images are user-submitted, so you will often find the same designer/photographer submitting images across several stock image sites for different prices. You may see an image that would cost you $20 on iStockPhoto but find it on BigStockPhoto for $10 or less. so make sure you check!

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  • Profile picture of the author TheFreebieGuy
    You should check out Stock XCHNG. They are pretty good and all of their images are free. Whenever I want a free image and don't want to pay, I use them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angela V. Edwards
    I've found that BigStockPhoto has some of the best prices around.
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    • Profile picture of the author valleytech
      Originally Posted by Angela V. Edwards View Post

      I've found that BigStockPhoto has some of the best prices around.
      They really do have great prices! Thanks for the share
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  • Profile picture of the author TashaWright
    You should try Kozzi. It's a free stock photo website that I found with a large number of incredible photos and images.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    I came in here to mention fotolia, but it's nice to learn of a few more like Kozzi
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  • Profile picture of the author iostorms
    I've been using PhotoDune - they have a nice selection and offer pricing based on size - around $1 to $3 per photo license.
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