User Posts: Amos Struck

If you are a business that uses photos as part of your marketing strategy, you may ask yourself, “Do I need to write the name next to the photo I use?” There ...

Not everyone has the need or money for purchasing licenses for images. There are actually quite a few places where you can obtain free images, stock photo ...

Now that you've found the perfect photo on the Internet, you're ready to see if you can buy it for your project. So how do you buy a photo you found the ...

Comprehensive Guide: Using Stock Photos on Facebook In 2016, using images on social network's is as ubiquitous as the internet  itself, but having the right ...

Merchandising used as promotion, advertising, retail production or recognition is a unique way to deliver your message to customers, friends, family , or the ...

Stock photography refers to high-quality photos that are already created and made available for licensing, to use in multiple creative ways. Basically, instead ...

Royalty-Free is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) stock photo licenses of today. It’s the default license offered at most online stock photo ...

Image quality has different standards for digital format than it does for print. To turn a digital image into a printed photo with the most sharpness and ...

DPI or "dots per inch" is a way of measuring an image's original intended size and its resolution, or quality. DPI is a measurement of dots per inch of printed ...

While it may be tempting to go right for a Google image search when you need a photo for a project, it's worth the time, effort and expense to invest in an ...

"Royalty-free" within the realm of stock photography means that the creator of the content (the photographer, in this case) has granted resale rights of their ...

A Tiff (also called Tif), is an image type. The most common format is a Jpg which is a  compressed photo. Tiff are different from Jpgs, gifs, and  png’s ...

Rights-Managed (RM) is one of the two most common licensing structures in the stock photography industry. The term refers to the type of license you will be ...

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  1. Hi Kat, this is a very interesting questions. I think you should ask this to the stock agency he has bought the images from. I would say that you can not resell the images created because you do NOT own a commercial license for the images. I suggest that you buy your own extended (commercial) license for the images you want to re-sell (even if they are edited by the designer). That way you will, at least, have a own license.

  2. Hi John, interesting question. Quick disclaimer I’m not a lawyer and this is a personal opinion. First of all, I recommend that you find another image to paint. There are so many free photos out there where you could also simply ask the photographer if he is OK with you painting it. For the photo you saw you would need to purchase a license, usually an extended license, which is even more expensive. In same cases the license agreement of some stock agencies do not even allow a derivate via a painting. I think you are better off with some free photos where you can also make the photographer happy by showing (and asking beforehand) your painting afterward.

  3. Hi Will, yes there are many more models in the stock photo industry than the one we mention here. Many of them are also sold thousands of times. Happy to add some more if you have them available ;).

  4. They absolutely do have RAW Images. Just follow the filter setting next to the search field like we have shown it in the screenshots. Here is one example: where you can clearly get the DNG-file (which is a RAW image). The collection certainly is very limited.

  5. You can still shoot your own photos or create your own images.

  6. Hi TL, thank you for mentioning this. Unfortunately, most people are not familiar with installing software plus plugins into that software just to open EPS files. But we keep it in mind for the next update.

  7. Hi Tim, I recommend to maybe use a computer to sign-up for the free trial in the meantime or any device without Canva installed. I will also let Canva know about this issue. Thank you for letting us know.

  8. Hi Ray, I can only speak in general terms here since I don’t know what stock agency free trial you are referring to. In general, the images which are downloaded and used (!) while you have had a free trial fall under the same royalty-free license as if you would have a full subscription. Nevertheless, there might be some exceptions with some agencies. You should always check it with them directly. Also keep in mind, that many agencies with subscriptions do not allow to stock-pile their stock images. You can only keep them afterward if you have used them while having an active subscription. You can not join and then download them “for later usage” and then leave. As I said, not all of them have this in their license. Kindly check with every you download from. I hope that helps.

  9. Hi Trenea, I monst cases images bought with a normal royalty-free license do not include the rights to use them in a logo. Most major agencies explicitly decline this usage as logo. I suggest you check it with the agency you bought it from (or check their license agreement). I would not use any RF image for my logo, I rather go to platforms to order a individual one or hire a graphic designer. This is also the case if you don’t copyright the logo (usage of the logo might be the same in most countries). Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer. Always check with the agency you bought from.

  10. I recommend shooting an image of an eagle head yourself and then you have all the rights to use or re-produce it. Otherwise, you would always breach the copyright of the photo you are copying from. An alternative would be to ask a photographer if he would give you written permission to re-produce the image and sell it. I hope that helps.

  11. Hi Marie. thank you for your question. You are mentioning that you want to use images from these free stock photo websites. We can not recommend using those files to create a product for resale. Why? Mainly because the rights of anything on the image are not cleared. This means that neither have the people on these images signed any model release which confirms that you can use these images commercially nor have anyone checked for any logos or recognizable other copyrighted items. We can only suggest buying some proper checked and model-released stock photos from a stock agency that does all the due diligence. I can not recommend using images from free stock photo sites for that matter. I hope that helps.

  12. Thank you – we are glad that we could help you.

  13. Hi Bradley, thank you for your question. I wonder why you wanna know that? Stock photos are used hundreds, thousands and even more times in many ways. Thats how they are working and thats the reason why they can be so cheap. Maybe you can explain a bit more what you exactly wanna know or what you are worried about. Kind Regards

  14. Hi Darren, it’s really simple. If you don’t have persmission from the producer of the product (and the photo) you can not use it anywhere. Just because it is available on some website do not mean that you can use it as well. If you are selling those Simrad finders, then you can most certainly just reach out to the producer and ask for permission to use the image. They usually give this persmission or the permission is maybe even included in your resellers contract. I hope that helps.

  15. Glad our article was helpful.

  16. Disclaimer: We are not Shutterstock and therefore we can only give you our view on their license. Please ask them directly if you need a final answer. I think this is doable with the extended license. These extended licenses are meant to be sold as i.e. posters, wall art on mugs or t-shirts. I hope that helps. Kind Regards Amos

  17. Hi Hadi, sorry but you are unfortunately wrong. Free stock photo, especially the one you recommended, can not be compared to paid stock photos. They are neither checked for copyright issues i.e. logos, brands, copyrighted material etc, nor do they have a proper model release where the person on the image allow the commercial usage of the image. You, as the user of those images, can get into big trouble using a so called “free stock photo” on your ad or website. Even if the photographer has given the full confirmation that you can use the photo free (which no free stock agencies gonna check as well), then you still have obligations to clear the rights of the content of the image i.e. persons, cars, items, stuff in the background etc. Honestly, safe yourself the hassle, pay like 1 Dollar or less for a checked and premium stock photo and be safe.

  18. I assume you want to pick from a variety of images for exclusive use? That’s pretty uncommon these days. There have been Rights-Managed agencies which would let you pick from any images and then you would license the exclusive usage for a time and usage type (i.e. website, print, ads etc). But most stock agencies stopped doing this. The question you should ask yourself is, why do you want to have exclusive images? Are you afraid someone else use the same image? Are you willing to spend hundreds if not thousands for one image just to have it exclusive? If you really willing to spend that much money, let us know and I will find some providers for you. I hope my answer helps. Regards Amos

  19. Hi Melvin, I agree with your points here. I always recommend asking kindly where the website owner got the photo from. Sometimes it’s their Webdesign company who just put it online and sometimes they have a proper license because they bought a license from a stock agency. In general, I think being nice and to ask before you create a takedown notice is recommended.

  20. Hi Gordon, I suggest to have a lawyer look over these terms. I can not give a proper answer because I’m not a lawyer nor do I have access to the full license details. But I think you might be able to create a print from the graphics, but please check that with a lawyer who has more in-depth knowledge and actually have full access to the license terms.

  21. You would need an extended license to be allowed to print it on wood and sell this wood. This article about extended licenses explains it in detail.

  22. Hi, this is a very interesting question and I hope I can help you out. First of all I recommend to reach out again to Getty Images to clarify. I can not speak for them nor for any other stock agency. Then second you should check the license terms of the collection you bought. I hope you can still find this document (check the CD). These are the terms under which you have bought the image licenses. If this license terms let you use the images forever (check kindly) then I don’t see any issues. If there is nothing about the time period you can use them, check again with the now content owner (most likely Getty). I hope that makes it more clear.

  23. Hi James, unfortunately, I can not really help you with this matter. This seems to be something you need to figure out with Shutterstock directly. Sorry that I can not be of any help here.

  24. Hi Ben, thank you very much. We try our best to help in the jungle of stock photography. Regarding your question. It might depend on the source of the images (where they buy it). Maybe some stock agencies do allow editorial usage on book covers. Or they have even got an individual license from the stock agency for this usage. It can also be that they simply ignore the fact that this is editorial and the usage of the image on the book cover (with editorial license) is just simply the wrong usage. That happens sometimes of course as well. I think Alamy might allow some broader usage. But I’m honestly not so deep into editorial licenses in general. So you better always ask the stock agency directly where you want to purchase from. I hope that helps.

  25. Hi Angus, I’m actually not sure if I have understood your question. You can never claim that you have created an image if you haven’t created it. Stock photos are for advertisement purpose usually. This means that they are more like a “canvas” for your products. With medical treatment it is another story and you might need to get an extended medical (called sensitive) license for this. Maybe you want to clarify your question a bit more. Regards Amos

  26. Hi Paul, that’s a bit tricky. Usually, the rule of thumb is that all images which are downloaded and used within the subscription period can be used forever. I hope that helps.

  27. I recommend checking out their pricing here they have even some image packs which are not subscriptions and are affordable.

  28. Hi Michelle, so you want to buy only the “photo frame” as design and then put your own image in it? That usage should be fine with most stock agencies. Kind Regards Amos

  29. Hi Amber, it is very normal that they try to bill your card to check it. Some stock agencies do it with $0 others with $1. But your card should really allow it and if not, simply contact your CC company and ask them to enable it. You should then be able to try again. I also recommend to contact Bigstock directly and ask them. I hope that helps.

  30. I recommend asking Shutterstock about this. I assume! that you can NOT do that but please ask them.

  31. Hi Daniel, first of all I want to mention that the Bigstock License is not the same as the Shutterstock License. Since you have bought and downloaded from Bigstock, you need to follow their license which you can find here: – Regarding your other question of the credit of every image: I would totally do that. That way you are on the safe side and no one can later complain. It also sounds like your children book contains mainly images you downloaded from Bigstock. I highly suggest to reach out to them to make sure that you can use their images as main part of the book. Sometimes you are required to buy an extended license if the images are the main part (creating the main value). Always check with Bigstock if you they are alright with the usage before you print your book. ALl the best.

  32. Hi, we can only suggest to always double check the license on Flickr. Even a Creative Common license can cause issues when you are not following the rules of that license (i.e. citing the photographer or even backlinking). That is also one reason why you should always buy a license for a photo, when you use it commercially. It is so cheap nowadays and you will be protected from such issues.

  33. You are most welcome! Such comments make me very happy because we work hard to give back to the community.

  34. Hi Kim, you are welcome. You can NOT use a stock image or stock vector for your logo, unfortunately. The reason is that the license does not allow the usage of a logo for copyright reasons. I recommend to check out this article: it will help you find a company or service which can create a logo for you and your company. I hope that helps.

  35. Hi I’m sorry but this is a very old article and I think Flickr might have removed this feature.

  36. Hi Joss, thank you for the clarification. That’s the reason why I have written in all my comments, that they are always exceptions i.e. “Very few stock agencies have some limitations i.e. you can not download all images from your subscription and never use them and “stock” them on your harddrive. Then after your subscription is expired you are not allowed to use non-used images in a new design.” Usually that applies only to images you have downloaded but never used in any design. If you use an image in a design it should last you forever (in that design). I always recommend to double check with the stock agencies because they might have limitations on certain of their subscriptions or plans. Regards Amos

  37. Hi Summer, you mentioned that “I would sell in a gallery” this means that you would earn money from the images and therefore it is commercial usage. I don’t think that even the extended license would allow such usage because it is creating a “copy” of the original image. But since we are not Shutterstock we can not tell for sure. So please reach out to them as well and ask this question. Thank you for your interesting question regarding this.

  38. Yes, they “may” allow this but you can still not resell the images. Also sometimes the license agreements say “may” but you might need writing permission by them additionally or at least ask if this is applicable to your account/subscription.

  39. Hi, that sounds like a copyright and license nightmare. 1.) “bought an image as .pdf” – just why? Why not as JPG? 2.) Buying an image without a cleared license or at least a clear written contract will get you into trouble. I would not touch anything like that to use in a commercial matter i.e. printing. Rather go and buy you a proper extended license to print the image and resell it.

  40. I recommend checking with Shutterstock directly.

  41. It all depends on the website you download the vector file from. But generally speaking, you can NOT use vector images as part of a logo. You would need a confirmation from the creator of the image for this usage. There is some exceptions like our website which allow the usage. This also applies to Adobe Stock, which is a great service.

  42. Hi there, that’s a good question. Why should that be an issue? It is their own responsibility what they re-post or post, so it should be any of your problems.

  43. Hi Miroslav, I think their prices are reasonable. But I also recommend to check with “cheaper stock footage agencies” if their license is really “Royalty Free”. It usually isn’t, it is a one “project usage”. So I recommend to compare them in detail beforehand.

  44. Hi Mel, that sounds like a “normal” extended license for me which most stock agencies should cover. Always ask beforehand for your specific usage because some of them might not allow heavy editing. But it should be OK for most of the stock agencies. Also check beforehand if you need a print-on-demand or extended license (i.e. do you buy and download before production or buy only after production of t-shirts). I hope that helps.

  45. Hi Steve, I don’t think this is a valid usage according to most licenses I know. Always check with the stock agency you want to buy from.

  46. I know this can be a bit confusing. You must separate two things here: Usage License aka Royalty-Free License of the images and the Subscription to the Images. The Royalty-Free License does allow the usage usually forever for most stock agencies. The subscription, therefore, is exactly how you described it: Pay X$ to get X amount of downloads per month at some specific terms (at some Agencies unused downloads might expire, some other Agencies roll them over for X amount of months as long as you subscribed). I hope that helps.

  47. Hi there, thank you for your question. I don’t think that this can be done with any of the existing licenses. Because you would need to have the copyright over the image (even if it is in watermark). But I recommend to ask the stock agency which you want to buy from about it again.

  48. I think you answered your question yourself. You have done it correctly by using royalty-free images. You are using them to present your company and making “marketing”. Just only because there is text next to the image DO NOT MEAN that it is editorial usage. You did well!

  49. For that reason, we always suggest buying stock photos from outlets like Shutterstock where you have clear rights given in the license agreement what you can and can’t do with the images. They do allow commercial usage of the images (to a certain extend). We do not suggest using Pexels images because no one is checking those images for any legal issues nor do they have a proper model release of the persons shown on the images. Of course, you could use images from Pexels without any persons on it but there are still some traps you could fall into.

  50. Hi, we do not buy any historical photos.

  51. That all depends on the laws of the country and where they have acquired these images. I can not talk for these agencies or stores but some of the work is in public domain and some others are “outside” of the period where it is still copyrighted.

  52. It all depends on the usage, the license of the stock agency and your contract with the stock agency you are supplying images to. Usually, commercial usage does not need a credit (only valid for some countries). Editorial usage i.e. usage in newspapers does require copyright. I recommend asking the stock agencies you are supplying.

  53. Thank you – I will talk to Dreamstime about this and update this post soon. In the meantime check out our list of other free stock photo trials.

  54. Sorry but that software is closed and no longer available.

  55. Hi Laurie, have you tried a background remover tool? Here is our list with 18 free and paid background removers! Alternatively, maybe you get someone at to help you with that.

  56. Hi Maggie, are you using the images in a newspaper or a online-news magazine? If not then your usage is most likely commercial. You are showing that 3D model to earn money at the end, even if you don’t sell the content/product right now. Editorial is more like a newsworthy usage than a commercially usage. Why you just not buy a commercial image? Whats the issue with buying one?

  57. No in most cases you can not. Some agencies like Alamy might allow it but you always need to ask them directly about that usage. One misconception is, that “Editorial Usage” means all usage with text – that is not the case with most stock agencies. Editorial use is more like a use in a newsworthy editorial publication i.e. a newspaper, a blog about your city etc.. I hope this makes it more clear.

  58. Hi Dave, this still do not sound like a real editorial usage. Imagine you are a newspaper or a magazine with relevant news and articles whats happen in the world. Thats what editorial usage is meant for. The usage you are describing is commercial (even if you are not making money). Therefore I recommend to not use editorial image licenses but rather just normal stock photo royalty-free licenses. You can of course ask at every editorial stock agency website and they might allow your usage as well. I hope that helps.

  59. No you would not have the rights to do so, you would need to purchase an “Extended License” or “Enhanced License” (which you can find for our shop here). With that extended license most stock agencies will allow you to create work to be sold as poster or mug or on t-shirts. Just keep in mind that “print on demand” and also some platforms like Amazon Merch are not covered with this extended license.

  60. Hi there, I think it does not worth coming up with a new own stock agency honestly.

  61. Hi Ashwin, I think this explains the license very properly: – what needs to be understood is, that Royalty-Free means that you DO NOT NEED to pay again for the image usage after you paid once. With most stock agencies you only pay once (or pay for subscription and download once) and then use the image forever. That is the most non-understood issue I see with many stock photo users. Very few stock agencies have some limitations i.e. you can not download all images from your subscription and never use them and “stock” them on your harddrive. Then after your subscription is expired you are not allowed to use non-used images in a new design. But that is very rare. I hope that helps!

  62. Hi Kevin, I can not talk for Shutterstock on this matter and recommend that you ask this question directly to their support.

  63. Hi Skelty, I think you might have misunderstood something here. The most stock agencies do ALLOW that you create a design for your client and then give the client the design (called derivate work). But they do NOT allow to give the client just the stock photo (as file). They also do not allow that you buy and re-sell the stock photo for your client. So you must diferenciate between giving the raw image (as file) to your client and creating a “new work” where the image file is a part of it and then give the “new work” design to your client. That should be no problem with most stock agencies.

  64. Hi Jamie, it all depends on the usage and where you will buy the editorial images. This is not easy to answer, unfortunately. I assume you (as a business) are publishing this magazine to get your name out? You also earn money from companies to be included, so you earn money from it. On the other hand it seems like it is similar usage like a newspaper. I recommend you contact the stock agency you want to buy from beforehand and ask them the same question, just to be certain.

  65. I think you answered the question yourself. You are want to use editorial images on your COMMERCIAL website to talk about the market. I’m not a lawyer nor can I speak for any other stock agencies and their license agreements, but I would say this is not possible.

  66. Hi there, first I need to let you know to check this question with the Shutterstock Support as well. But what I can see from the Shutterstock License, it seems to be OK to sell an ebook below 500,000 copies/sales on Amazon. You can find this explained in their license as follows: A STANDARD IMAGE LICENSE grants you the right to use Images:
    As a digital reproduction, including on websites, in online advertising, in social media, in mobile advertising, mobile “apps”, software, e-cards, e-publications (e-books, e-magazines, blogs, etc.), email marketing and in online media (including on video-sharing services such as YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, etc., subject to the budget limitations set forth in sub-section I.a.i.4 below);

  67. Hi Kaley, this is not easy to answer because we are NOT Canva. Please reach out to Canva to clarify it. As far as I can see it looks like you could only use the exported design as is. Please do take this with a grain of salt because I can not speak for Canva. Thank you

  68. Getty Images is a great source of stock photos if you need a very particular image or special rights on an image. If you just need basic images for your e-commerce shop, simply check out our special offers section and get images as cheap as 0.50$.

  69. Hi there, it sounds like you would use those images to advertise for your ophthalmologist service. You would need to buy images with royalty-free licensing rights. I do not recommend to use any images with visible people from free websites. They are NOT safe to use. Images are so cheap these days, simply buy them and use them accordingly.

  70. That is a very good question Ahmet. You need to check the fingerprint of these stock agencies. Some do allow the “storage” for later use (after your subscription expired). Other stock agencies won’t let you use “stored” stock photos when you haven’t used them after the subscription expired. Most stock agencies will let you keep all images you have used in any designs or projects and let you use them forever. I hope that helps.

  71. Hi Alisa, yes there are many misuses of images and image credits out there. I recommend checking your local law about the usage of such images. But if you want to purchase celebrity stock photos, reach out to Getty Images and ask them for their rates. They should be able to get you a good price depending on the usage (i.e. on your blog only).

  72. Hi there, no you can not use a stock photo as a template to draw something. I recommend to either shoot some photos yourself to draw afterward or ask some photographers for an exception.

  73. Hi Mary, good question. I can not speak for all stock agencies and their licenses, but most certainly not. I recommend checking with the stock agency you download from directly. In most cases (like with our stock agency) it is only allowed to use it in the same company (which you are clearly not because you are two different freelancers). I hope that helps.

  74. Hi James, it seems like you are selling templates for businesses. Therefore you would need an extended license to be able to resell the images in the premade posts. I can not speak for Adobe’s license agreement but for most stock agencies an extended license will be needed. I recommend to check out our extended license offer here and read more about extended licenses here.

  75. Hi Kevin, exactly! This way no one can say later that you have misused an editorial image in a commercial way. Just use normal commercial licenses images. But make sure to use copyright captions nevertheless.

  76. Hi Ales, according to the Canva Pro License “To obtain the right to use any Canva Design pursuant to an Extended License Agreement, you must license all the Stock Media in your Design under the applicable Extended License.” Which you can find here:

    This means you would need to contact Canva to obtain an extended license for this reselling usage.

  77. Hi Victor, there are really no good lifetime subscriptions for stock photos out there. I recommend to get a cheap stock photo subscription either for unlimited (usually smaller databases) or a cheap yearly one like our 99club for 200 downloads. Usually lifetime deals for unlimited downloads are either bad or very limited.

  78. Hi Matthew, thanks for your question. Sure I don’t see an issue why not. Nevertheless I recommend to always double check their terms and conditions and license.

  79. Hi Tim, that is a bit complicated. It’s not clear to me what you are going to sell exactly? Please be aware that I’m not a lawyer nor can I give legal advice. I always recommend to check this with the stock agency you want to buy from. But if you are using an image and creating a individual design for a customer then this is usually a “derivate” and you can sell your design as a service. If you are using a “template” and sell this to many customers (even if it is only 20%) then this usually requires an extended license. But always ask the stock agency before you buy. I hope that helps.

  80. You need to buy an extended license for the graphics/images you want to print on the shirt to sell via your Shopify store. Make sure to produce the tshirts first and then start selling them. I hope that helps.

  81. Unfortunately, we don’t need them either.

  82. Hi Niko, your question is not really clear to me. If you create a design based on a stock photo, you can usually give this design to the customer to be used in a limited way. Some stock agencies do allow to use the same stock photo again in another design, some don’t. Always check the stock agency license agreement. As far as I understand your question, you do not own a copyright on the new graphic. That you should check with a lawyer though.

  83. Than you Alecu – glad we could be helpful.

  84. Hi Amy, I can only answer this for my own stock agency. Yes your client would be able to print it if you supply a final design and not just the “raw” stock photo to him. Of course the licesee agreement of the stock agency where you bought the photo applies here i.e. 500.000 print run (copies) for most stock agencies. Otherwise you would need an extended license. I hope that helps. Always check with the agency you have bought from.

  85. Hi Karyn, at this moment I have no answer but maybe some of our readers will have one.

  86. Hi Bjarni, thanks for your question and we are happy that our post did help you. Shutterstock do not have any subscriptions for videos, you can see their video pricing here. They have some nice new packages for 4k Video as well. Unfortunately there is no free trial for the videos. I hope that helps.

  87. Hi Alan, I’m sorry but that do NOT sound like a editorial usage of an image. You are clearly selling travel services to your customers and you are using these images to sell your travel services. Thats why you need a commercial license for sure. If you would be a news magazine about some news on a Greek iland, than the usage might be editorial.

  88. Thank You Jon, much appreciated.

  89. Hi Ivan, according to my understanding you can NOT use any other brand or copyrighted brand/company/footage in your commercial usage, like on your homepage. You would need to get written permission from the copyright owner of the brand. So this would not be an editorial usage and I think you can not use the video you want to.

  90. Hi Dana, we do not buy any historic images but maybe you want to reach out to IMS Vintage Photos and check if they are interested in buying them.

  91. No problem John, I have also reached out to you twice without answer via email. Free to contact me there.

  92. Hi Dee, thank you for your comment. Please let me know which stock illustration agencies are you talking about? Some of them require a copyright attribution and usually you can “buy out” this to have it removed. Also make sure that you double check if you use it correctly i.e. editorial usage or commercial usage. Let me know anymore questions.

  93. Hi John, I can’t answer your question but if you want to get featured here please stop spamming my comments and get in touch with my like a nice person.

  94. Hi Firts, thank you for your comment. We created this list particularly to list services where you can sell your prints and a digital version of your photos to customers. Flickr do not allow this nor do 500px (they do license though).

  95. Hi Andte, it all depends on your needs. Most of our readers love the variety of Shutterstock and their superb search. There are most certainly much cheaper stock agencies out there. I recommend checking their database before you sign-up to anything to see if they have the images you need.

  96. Hi Tamara, thank you for your comment you got some very nice photos there. I think you have a good chance that they sell. All the best with your new ventures.

  97. By sharing the license agreement of the stock agency you bought it at and maybe also show your proof of purchase. I hope that helps. Also make sure that your client understand how he can use the image or design you have created for him based on the stock photo.

  98. Hi Margaret, I’m sorry but your question is not really clear to me. Do you want to buy 1900 photos or do you have some?

  99. I really don’t know I think that should work according to the time I was creating this video.

  100. Hi Steven, most stock agencies like ours will actually let you use the standard license if the images are used as a secondary item in the book. You just need to make sure to be below the maximum print-run of 300,000 or 500,000. On the other hand if this is, for example, a book with only graphics to let kids color them, then you would need to a buy a extended license. This is because the main part of the book are the images. I hope that answer helps a bit.

  101. Hi Bobby, thank you for your question. It sounds like you are more an editorial user than a commercial one. To understand the different let’s show an example: You create a banner for your website which includes football pictures and you use this banner to advertise for your service or anything else you produce, that is commercial usage. Editorial usage is more like a news magazine usage, so without seeing your website I can not tell 100% but it sounds like you have news about the football industry. That would let you use an editorial picture as well. If you would have sponsored posts, they are commercial right? They are more like an advertisement for a company so I would say no editorial usage! I hope that makes it more clear for you!

  102. Hi Joe, thank you for your question. You might want to start with free images or with photos you can find online first. You can ask these photographers if they allow you to draw their photo and sell it. You might find some inspiration in our free stock photo list here:

  103. Hi Jana, if your client don’t want any subscription but only want 5 images – go and checkout our image packs here: they will let him allow to download 5 images whenever he needs them. No credits, no subscription!

  104. You need to see editorial photos more like photos for news or actual things happening in your town, area or industry. Thats why most blogs use royalty-free stock photos instead of editorial photos because they can 1.) Edit them if needed 2.) Have less limitations how and where to use them 3.) less issues afterwards. Hope that helps.

  105. Go try another EPS file. EPS files are not all the same – they could have several different information embedded and sometimes you just need to try it with another software. Adobe Illustrator always works for me.

  106. Works fast and fine here. Maybe it uses a lot of ressources in your browser – go check it out with another browser maybe.

  107. I only worked with Inkscape for a limited time and I think it has a deeper learning curve than Gravit. Gravit is way more limited than Inkscape at this point.

  108. I have tested it and it works without any issue!

  109. In general users should know that they can not use a single image without either permission (written or verbal) or with a proper license. No need to know if this is a stock photo or not. Stock photos are just easier to use – comparable to a ready to eat food item where a normal photo would need the permission of the photographer etc.. It would take much longer to get it. So it’s more like “fast food” to “farmers market” where you negotiate a license deal per photo with every different photographer. Hope that helps!

  110. Since there is NO daily download limit, you can actually download ALL the images within your i.e. monthly subscription on one day.

  111. It’s hard to say since I don’t know all the exact details but I recommend to only use royalty-free stock photos for this usage. It do not sound like an editorial usage which is usually only allowed in blogs, magazines, books etc.

  112. Hi Kristine, I would ask the newspaper who shot the photos and how owns the copyright. Sometimes, even “old” and images with expired copyright might have a extended copyright on them. That is the most safest way to use them. Hope that helps. (I’m not a lawyer nor do I know all the copyright laws in your country).

  113. Hi Barbara, that only works when its hosted on your own server. It do not work in Facebook or any other platform.

  114. Then get the Dollar Photo Club Deal for $99 a year.

  115. Nothing ;-).

  116. Sorry to hear about that Mark. They certainly try to do it right for their customers. I would advice to contact them directly and ask for a refund or so. Best, Amos

  117. You are welcome – Hello to HCMC!

  118. Hi Sandy,

    unfortunately I do not have a tip for you. You might want to try get into iStock first and then try to get from there into the Getty system.

  119. Hello Kathy,

    thanks for your kind words – glad you like them. I think the soccer shots where completely made in a studio and then re-assembled in Photoshop. Not sure though ;-).

  120. Hi Phil, sorry to say but this offer is expired. I recommend to check out our Shutterstock Coupon Code as well as the 7 day free Trial from IngImage

  121. Hi Jim,

    thanks for your thoughts on this, very much appreciated.

  122. I can hear your Glenda, but this is how their plan works. There are other stock agencies which offer subscription without a daily download limit.

  123. Sorry but not really relevant, just mentioned it because the old CEO was male ;-). We love female CEOs!

  124. Thanks Steven, have fixed them now!

  125. Hi Arletta, thank you very much for your comment. I think they should have some kind of exclusivity but i don’t know about the details. Maybe someone from 500px can answer that.

  126. You are very welcome – i love your platform and i think you are going the right way with the contributor shares. Good luck and hope to hear more soon about the prime marketplace.

  127. Only the time can tell – i think a lot of bloggers will still use bought stockfotos due the SEO purposes.

  128. You are very welcome John! Keep up the good work!

  129. Thanks for your comment Brian. We really love how Shutterstock treat their contributors as well.

  130. You are right, it’s about the body and the lens. As i know a lot of stock photographers, i can tell that most of them use Canon and second most Nikon. They need a workhorse with easy to get lenses, good service and good availability. Most of them are coming from the amateur sector, which means they might have started using a Canon Rebel and then just stayed at the Canon brand. Even Shutterstock’s founder, Jon Oringer, started his company with 30.000 of his own images shot with a Canon Rebel. BTW: I have had a lot of Sony cameras and i loved them!

  131. Hello Bernie,

    thanks for your question. Usually a editorial image can be used on a magazine cover, if digital or printed. It can not be used in a commercial way i.e. to create a advertisement etc.

    I hope that helps.

  132. Hi Steve, i agree on most of your points, but i also think that you need a high-end camera because of the requirements of the stock agencies. Most microstock agencies require almost none grain or high-iso images. They also require very good and sharp focus, compared to macrostock or other stock photo agencies. I think that the 5D is the working horse in this industry, that’s also one of the reasons why they use it.

  133. Yep 😉

  134. Great that you finally found some useful information on my Website ;-).

  135. Sorry to hear that David, but it happens quite often. Thats the reason why we have written this article.

  136. Thank you

  137. Hello Marco, thanks for your question. I actually do not recommend to offer subscription for a niche stock agency like yours. Vintage and archive stock photos are quite special and most of the people might only want to use them for one or two purposes. From the 7 recommended stock photo subscription i do like the Fotolia and the Ingimage ones. Fotolia has a rollover from one month into another while IngImage has a good value for the money you pay.

  138. Yes indeed, the question is if they really want a lot of photographers or if they like to be some kind of exclusive.

  139. Me too. The problem is not to implement the features, the problem is to get all these data into the existing millions of images. Maybe you can do that ;-).

  140. Thanks Cora, this is a very adorable photo.

  141. Thanks for your comment Roger. We recommend that all stock photographer follow our tips.

  142. Thank You but we only show the free images which got selected by the stock agencies.

  143. All of the agencies supply images for commercial usage. I don’t know where you referring at, sorry.

  144. I get your Point Laurent! The question is how the stock photo buyer still see iStock and Getty. For some of them there is no other way finding creative and niche images than using iStock or Getty.

  145. Thanks for your comment – i will forward it to the programer.

  146. Thank you very much for your comment. iStock still has quite a lot of unusual photos on sale ;-).

  147. You are absolutely right, we should include depositphotos within this subscription comparison. Every plan or offer fits another need of and niche of customers. What is a practical and reasonable plan for you?

  148. You should already receive them. Have fun! Amos

  149. Hi Duke, thanks for your comment. As you are the only commenter, will send you a free licence for the Microstockr App via E-Mail now! Have fun with it!


  150. Thank You Mathias for your comment. We also like Photodune, as they have a lot of great stock photos for a quite cheap price. But this blog post is about the cheapest stock photo. I admit that some of the very cheap agencies might not have a huge collection but every customer can check the collection before he order. You might find this article interesting, in which we compare the big microstock agencies on credit base.

  151. You might did not read their plans correct – Download 25 images every day!! for $249 which is not $20 per image its 25 Images a day multiplicated with 30 days which makes it 750 Images for $249 ($0,332 per Image).

  152. Hi Carolina, great to hear that you could redeem the Bigstock coupon code successful.

  153. Congratulation Yuni, you have won 100 free credits from 123rf. Please get in touch with me with your 123rf username. Thanks for participating – Amos.

  154. Congratulation Steve, you have won 100 free credits from 123rf. Please get in touch with me with your 123rf username. Thanks for participating – Amos.

  155. Congratulation Joel, you have won 100 free credits from 123rf. Please get in touch with me with your 123rf username. Thanks for participating – Amos.

  156. Thank you for your feedback. I hope our guide has helped you.

  157. What should i explain? There are several usages for Lightboxes, we only explain one.

  158. Thank you for your comment!

  159. Thanks Anita for your great ressources. It also worth to look into our free photo and free vector category.

  160. Hi Pratyush, great that you like Bigstock. I think their prices are very reasonable, especially for the sizes you can get.

  161. Hi Charotte, thank you for your question. This is hard to answer without seeing the actual usage of the image. Editorial images usually can used i.e. in blogs, online-magazines or newspapers. If the website has i.e. a company blog and they use the image within a blogpost, it might be OK.

  162. Dear Gail, thanks for your questions. We appreciate your contribution to childs with cancer and there are a lot of free images out there. Please feel free to pick from one of the free photos per week or check our interviews with the free photo ressource Stockvault or RGB Stock

    I hope this will help you to find great photos for the book you write. Keep up the good work.


  163. Sure you can. Do you have any more questions? Send us a message through the contact form.

  164. Thanks for your comment, i’d love to meet you in Berlin! Ping me if you need any more details about the Expo.

  165. Thank you for your comment! You are right that it’s not that easy to compare the image prices. We just want to give a short overview for regular stock photo buyers. We might do another article which will compare the “Pay-as-you-go” prices for non-regular stock photo buyers. You are welcome to supply your comparison for it.

  166. Hello John, yes you are right we did not mention it absolute correct. What we mean is that you will need a extended licence if you use the work in a work for a client because in most cases you will resale your “work”. The personal use is more means as a use for your own commercial or company. Thank you for your answer!

  167. Thank you for your recommendation Bjorgvin!

  168. Hi Karin, thanks for your comment and recommendation. We will also post free photos from Bigstock and other agencies in our Free Photo Section.

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