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What are Stock Photo Agencies and why should I use them?


What are Stock Agencies?
Where do designers and advertisers find all of those great images? This is not an industry secret, but if you are not a designer it may seem like a secret. With websites and digital technology it is easier to create your own online advertising in seconds. The question is how do you create high quality designs that represent your business or personal brand? Here the design secret, stock photo agencies.

For years designers have used stock photo agencies to populate their designs. It is the fastest and cheapest way to build high quality designs and find images that showcase your brand in the best possible light. In 2013 stockphoto agencies are in demand, and anyone creating digital media is using stock photo agencies for photos, video, music, 3D art and more!

What do Stock Photo Agencies do?

Stock photo agencies collect images, photos and other media from artists and sell the right to use this media online to millions of buyers. This business format is a win-win for contributors who don’t have to search for buyers, and for buyers who don’thave time to search through thousand of artists websites looking for the perfect photo. Stock photo agencies are a marketplace where buyers and contributors work together to sell and purchase great photos and media. Call it one stop shopping, call it a market, call it a mall, bottom line is stock photo agencies have created a way for you to find images and photos and for contributors to sell their art.

Why use a Stock Photo Agency for Digital Media?

Stock photo agencies focus on fast searches, price and legal rights. By using a stock photo agency you are assured that you can use photos and media legally as you purchase the right to use the media from the agency, you are guaranteed the best prices, and you can search millions of photos, illustrations and media fast so you get what you need with little effort. Taking photos online without paying the artist or knowing that photo use requires the legal right to use the photo could have you end up in a legal battle. Bypass this issue by buying the right to use a photo for a few dollars or a few cents depending on the stock photo agency and the amount of photos you buy.

10 Stock Photo Agencies you should consider for your Media Purchases

Shutterstock Stock Agency
Shutterstock – one of the first stock photo agencies that continues to be a leader in the industry.

iStockphoto Stock Agency
iStockphoto – also referred to iStock, this stock photo agency is known for it diverse and well organized collections

Dreamstime Stock Agency
Dreamstime – a cheap and community oriented stock photo agency that is great for beginners looking for help with building their designs

123rf Stock Agency
123rf – unique collections and a fast growing stock photo agency

Visit Photaki now!
Photaki – Interesting and brand new stock photo agency that has a unique way to feature great quality images

Visit Fotolia - Stock Agency now
Fotolia – is a a social marketplace for images and design files, a concept that has granted them the number 3 spot in stock photography.

Bigstock – great for small photo purchases with their pay as you go payment option.

Veer Logo
– microstock marketplace that is part of the Corbis Group owned by Bill Gates (Corbis Images, Corbis Motion, Green Light) that sells fonts as well as images.

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Thinkstock – great images, high resolution and a diverse collection.

Depositphotos Logo
DepositPhoto – cheap, cheap, cheap. Great for lots of photos and those on a budget. Large image library.

Check out these stock agencies and find the secret to great images, cheap prices and a the greatest online resource for digital media.

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About the author

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus in providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography, like the PixelRockstar WordPress Plugin. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.