3 Affordable Stock Photography and Vector Art Websites

May 24, 2010 | By

As a web developer and blogger I’m always looking for affordable photos and illustrations to use in CodeHill and the other websites I work on. I’ve been using these three stock photography websites for a while now, they provide good quality images for reasonable prices.

 

Stock Photo

stock photo
Stock Photo provides free and paid lifetime memberships. The paid membership costs $49 Dollars and provides 5% discount on any image downloaded.
Stock Photo

 

Shutterstock

Shutterstock
Shutterstock provides on demand payment as well as membership based download. The on demand payment allows you to pay $49 for 12 downloads or $229 for 60 downloads. While the membership allows you 25 downloads a day and costs $249 for 1 month to $2559 a year.
Shutterstock

 

iStockphoto

iStockphoto
iStockphoto is my favorite. The best resolution and size of images for the Web are their basic and detailed images and they cost $2 and $5 respectively. iStockphoto provides vector art, audio, flash and video too. Like Shutterstock registration is free and a membership based downloads for a monthly fee is available. One thing worth mentioning is illustrations cost 2 to 10 times the cost of images.
iStockphoto

 

I found the best combination to save money without paying a monthly membership fee is to use on demand payment with iStockphoto and Shutterstock, but using the first for downloading images only and the latter for vectors and illustrations only.

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Comments (2)

  1. Hi there, that is good informative post. Thanks.

    I have one question, with iStockphoto, can you edit images, such as cropping, putting into collages etc. I am not very familiar with the usage process.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Anna

  2. Anna,

    As mentioned in their license (http://www.istockphoto.com/license.php) you can modify the images as long as you are going to use it in your publication, but to resell your modified version you have to buy the Extended License and the image should be “transformed sufficiently that it constitutes an original work”.