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Buy Stock Photography – 5 Best Websites


Buy Photos Online

Where does everyone get these great photos? How can I jump in and buy stock photography online and not break the bank.

This is easy to answer as there are tons of websites where you can buy stock photos online and never leave your desk. Really. You don’t have to leave your desk and take all the photos that you need for designs, blogs and websites. You can buy Pictures for your website, millions of stock images online while not having to deal with photo coordination, model releases, nothing.

Why buy stock photography online when I can find free photos in creative commons

Stock photography that you buy are licensed, are cheap and they are great photos! There are photographers who just take stock photos for a living, professional photographers, who take photos and submit them to stock photo agencies for them to sell. With most Stock photos having royalty free licenses, the stock photo agency can sell the photo as many times as they want so the photography continues to get paid instead of having to look for that one time buyer. This is what makes stock photography work! Buyers are provided the right to use the photo, not an exclusive right, it is a license that opens the photo up to many buyers.

The licensing is the key to stock photography. Creative commons requires users of free photos to link, request permission, credit the photographer and in some cases more for you to use the photo. Free Stock Photography is also not as good as you think it is. For stock photography you sign up to a site, pick your photo, pay and download. There is no obligation to credit, searches are faster and you get your photos quicker.

5 best websites to buy stock photos online

This is easy, as there are some top dogs in the stock photo agency world that make buying photos online easy. They might not be the cheapest but they have created search tools that help to find images. If your hope is to save time and money, this is where you need to be.


Subscriptions only so perfect for a business of individual who needs lot of photos fast and cheap. The key to Shutterstock pricing is bulk purchasing.

Check out their membership and sign up for free  and check if we have a Shutterstock coupon code so you have an account when you need it.



Images sold by credits (and now by subscriptions as well) and and lots of different high end collections to choose from if you decide that occasionally you really want an amazing image. Regular images are great and the inventory is also in the millions. Read our iStock review here. We might also have a iStockphoto promo code available.

Membership is free so sign up!

IngImage LogoIngImage

One of the most affordable subscription acency with yearly and monthly subscriptions. IngImage also offer a 7 day free trial. Check out our IngImage review here as well.

Check out their 7 day free trial and download up to 35 images for free.

Dreamstime LogoDreamstime

Flexible pricing options is the benefit of this online photo buying website. If you are wanting to test out stock photography, how to use it and not have to make a huge investment, Dreamstime is a great place to start. There is a plan or any budget and the options are endless.

Fotolia LogoFotolia

Huge library, offered in different languages and sites are culturally focused so you can find photos faster for your location or other destinations.Middle of the road for pricing but a great option for online photo buying. Membership is free and there are other resources on the website that you can take advantage of.

Check out our cheap photo buying options so you have more websites to choose from when you are ready to buy stock photography online.

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About the author

Amos Struck is the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, a publishing company which operates several German and international stock photo online magazines, including (buy photos), (sell photos) and He is also creator of the Microstock Photo Plugin for WordPress, and – a company introducing stock photo venders to new sales outlets. He’s committed to shaping the future of the stock photo industry through innovation and strategic investments.