Shutterstock Subscription Alternative: On Demand Subscriptions

Shutterstock is known in the stock photo industry as offering only one payment option, subscription options that are best for large businesses or designers who need stock photos and stock illustrations monthly. This payment option has left small businesses and individuals out of the picture until today, with the introduction of On Demand subscriptions that are valid for one year, not just one month.

Want subscriptions instead? Get 15% off from Shutterstock subscriptions via our exclusive Shutterstock Coupon Code

And keep in mind that subscriptions are one of the best ways to get Shutterstock Creative Flow for free!

Also, did you know that the new Shutterstock Editorial website has subscription plans for editorial-only downloads? Learn all about the new Shutterstock Editorial subscriptions here!

UPDATE – CREDIT PACKS: In 2023, Shutterstock is modifying its on-demand offer, going from image packs to credit packs. We will soon bring you the final details of the new pricing structure, so stay tuned!
Unlock a cool exclusive 25% discount on credit packs for 30 credits on Shutterstock! Get up to 30 Images, 1 Standard Video, and 7 Music Tracks.

On-Demand Subscriptions are a small business solution

Shutterstock recognizes that not all businesses have a large budget for stock photos nor do they need 750 stock photos per month. The On Demand subscriptions are fundamentally different from regular Shutterstock subscriptions.

On-Demand Features

  1. On-Demand Subscriptions are valid for one year, with the subscription owner able to download their maximum image or photo limit for 365 days.
  2. There are 4 subscription options that provide both flexibility in investment and photo size
  3. If you use your limit before the year is up, you can just order another one!

This is a great solution for individuals and small businesses who do not know how many photos they may need or do not have a lofty budget to invest in stock photos. The On-Demand subscription still saves you money per photo and makes stock photo prices a reasonable investment for your digital or commercial marketing.

On-Demand Subscription Prices – Check this out!

So here are your options:

  • 5 images (both photos and vectors) of any size for $49 USD
  • 12 small or medium-sized photos for $49 USD
  • 25 images (both photos and vectors) of any size for $229 USD
  • 60 small or medium-sized photos for $229 USD
UPDATE 2023: Offset, the agency's premium stock photo service, is now integrated into Shutterstock's main platform, and its entire collection with 1.2M+ premium images is available directly on the Shutterstock website, starting at $249 per image. Discover the Offset collection right here!
Shutterstock On-Demand

Check the On Demand Subscription on Shutterstock's Website

Click here to get 10% off via our Shutterstock Coupon Code

Love it, want it, and we appreciate the flexibility that Shutterstock (Read our Shutterstock Review here) is providing to individuals and small businesses! Check out Shutterstock's library of images and sign up for a free membership you don't have to commit to a subscription today but are ready to go when you can commit.

It's very important to note that Shutterstock images are under a royalty-free license, cleared for commercial use, and backed by the agency. This makes them a lot safer to use than other options, such as free images from free stock photo sites, which are often not verified or policed in terms of legality. Using images without a valid license or permission is a serious thing, and it's not worth it to risk being asked to take down an image from your design or even worse, being sued for copyright infringement, when you can buy perfectly legal images from Shutterstock, for a very affordable price.

Final note: On Shutterstock, you can also buy stock footage on-demand, with a single clip, or with a video pack. They now have both Standard and Enhanced Video license packs available, so whatever your usage needs are, they'll have you covered.

Amos Struck
Amos Struck

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus on 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 WordPress plugins. 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.

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