Stock photo is a term used to describe an image that is bought from the photographer or stock agency directly. These images are sold with the intention to sell them multiple times to different buyers for use in graphic designs, websites, digital designs, or used as a photo. This option was created so that people did not have to have a custom photo created for their use. It was an option that made photos easy to find, easy to buy and easy to use. The term stock photo is used to separate this idea of buying as you need a photo versus a photo as art, editorial or custom shots. Think of it as going to Costco for a photo versus having a photographer create a photo for you. Stock photos do have terms attached to their use that are outlined by the stock agency that sells them.

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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