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Stock agencies or Stock Photography sites are where people in need of a photograph or artwork go to buy already produced images, without the need to hire a photographers service, or where photographers submit photographs licensed for specific uses.
Two types of images are usually submitted to Stock photography sites:
Royalty Free (RF)Photographs: These are where you pay a one off price in order to use the image multiple times (with limits). There is no time limit on when the image can be used. There are no exclusive rights (the image can be sold multiple times).
Rights Managed (RM) Photographs: These are where a specific usage is specified when the image is sold (e.g advertorial usage, images in a book etc), these usually offer a higher fee to the photographer as they will only be used once, with exclusive rights, but will only be allowed to be used for the specific purposes of the contract.
There are two main types of agency for stock photography, the usual stock photography sites such as the world famous Getty, major supplier to most news agencies, these specialise in the more lucrative end of the market and require high quality images, or new Micro-stock Photography sites, such as Big Stock Photos who specialise in large numbers of cheap (usually around $1) images. The micro end of the market is usually filled with much larger amounts of work, and from all types of people, not just pro photographers.
These stock photography agencies do often overlap and each has its own rules on what photographic images will pass and what will be rejected, so if you are supplying images to one of these stock photo sites, do check before you submit.
Buyers of Stock Photography
Those looking to buy photographs (or other digital images), will be shocked by not only the amount of photos/images and videos for sale but also the quality of those images etc. the top agencies are VERY strict when it comes to photographic submissions and will reject images that have even a hint of noise or that are not pin sharp.
It is as important to us photographers as it is to those buying the photos, that the best images for the job are chosen so when looking to buy search around a few sites, to find exactly what you want, and if you don't see it be sure to find ways to ask. Competition improves photographers work!
It is wise to look at a few agencies when buying (in my opinion) as they have vastly different buying formats, some require monthly subscriptions others you can buy images adhoc so find one that suits your needs in this department as well as having images you would want.
Sellers of Stock Photography
If you plan to try to sell your photographic work then it is worth knowing a few things first:
Numbers mean everything. What I mean by this are that the more images you have uploaded to any one stock photography site, the more likely you are to make sales (obviously quality counts as well). Those who make real money from stock photography sites have tens of thousands of photographs uploaded. I once read that on a particular stock agencies website, the average number of images you needed uploaded to make one sale was around 100. At $1 per sale, you can see why you need thousands of photos to make money.
Quality Control. It is important that your images meet the standard of the agencies requirements, so no noise or artefacts etc. That they are the size the require and that they are well composed.
Key Words. These are possibly THE most important part of uploading images to photography stocksites as this is how people find your images! My advice is to make sure your photos keywords are plentiful (although some sites have limits) and accurate to the photographic image. There are tools out there to help you with this (we have some listed below).
Often stock photography is seen as an easy way to make money, but to do it well takes a lot of time and good knowledge of the stock agency site you are using. It is also a very saturated market these days (since the advent of digital I am lead to believe) and some types of image (either photographic or not) are so numerous that they are no longer accepted, at certain photographic stock agencies! So please don't think you will become rich over night by loading a few images, the simple fact is you won't.
Having said all that, do join a few and see if they suit you (just make sure you research them well first to make sure they fit your needs). We have plenty different stock photography agencies listed below, both regular and micro stock (and are always adding more).
We at Fatphotographer have a number of advice articles on preparing your photographic work for stock photography websites on our how to How to Post Process pages and we are always looking to improve our advice.
As always we aim to provide as many links as we can, but if you find some that we have missed, please let us know and we will endeavour to add them where possible.
Disclaimer - In order to maintain the running of this site some of the links below are affiliate links, we do not try to push you in the direction of them, so please feel free to use any of the sites listed.
I am Mohamad Itani a full time stock photographer, I was born and raised in Beirut Lebanon where I worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for eleven years before I moved to the United states in 2003.In 2006 I got married and moved to Manchester UK where I started my stock photography business.
Robphotos Stock Library
Hi and thanks for taking the time to look at my web site. My name is Rob. I am based in County Durham. My telephone number is 0191 389 1434.
British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies
Through lobbying, education and business development programmes, BAPLA aims to create an industry where our members can thrive on a level playing field.
A meeting place for microstock photographers - Microstock photography forum
Forum pages of Microstock Group and excellent source of information
Introduction to Stock Photo
This is an overview and guide to stock photography for photographers. On the left you will find links to all the major microstock sites. If you miss a site, it is most likley intentional, work might be in progress so check again in a few days.
Latest news from microstock agencies and stock photography market.
*Tools - Dusegard - Keyword Tool
Photo/image keywording tool
*Tools - LightBurner - Automated uploader
LightBurner is a free online microstock and stock photography content distribution service for photographers, illustrators and videographers developed and operated by Pixamba.
*Tools - Picworkflow - Automated uploader
picWorkflow provides image-management and distribution services for stock photographers. The goal is to do everything possible to help your photography business run smoothly and efficiently.
*Tools - Yuri Arcurs Keyworder - Keyword Tool
Here you will find our free keywording tool for IPTC editing on photos. It will suggest keywords and let you compare keyword popularity. This site serves for the needs of photographers and illustrators in tagging/keywording their images.
123RF.com is your one-stop royalty-free photo library offering stunning, practical stock photos at the most affordable price!
Acclaim Images has been in business since June of 2002 and offers only high quality, limited distribution digital images and art prints.
Africa Photo Bank
AfricaPhotoBank is a professional royalty free downright* stock photo library offering mainly pictures from Southern Africa. Our pictures are high quality visual material which captures Africa at its best, Botswana being our home base.
AGPix.com is home to an online community of 350+ image providers, who are mostly freelance photographers, and over 230,000 images.
age fotostock fotostock is a stock image agency, with offices in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris and New York, that manages licensing rights for photographic images and video clips for professional use in the corporate, editorial, advertising and design world, among others.
Launched in 1999, Alamy revolutionised stock photography by creating the world’s first open, unedited collection of images. Our pictures come from anyone who wants to sell — a diverse mix of professional photographers, enthusiastic amateurs, stock agencies, news archives, museums and national collections.
Aperture Images is an on-line collection marketed to designers, corporations, advertising agencies, and publishers who appreciate fine photography as a unique form of visual expression. The collection is managed by a team of professionals who possess a passion for, and knowledge of photography, along with the understanding of conceptual and creative needs of clients who seek exceptional images. A portion of the proceeds from AI will help support programs of the Aperture Foundation.
The Arcangel photo library specializes in supplying inspirational, creative and unique stock imagery to discerning picture buyers. Our clients include international book publishers, record labels, advertising/ design agencies and magazine publishers.
Big Stock Photo
Millions of high-resolution images...
Can Stock Photo
Welcome to Can Stock Photo! We offer professional royalty free stock photography at prices you can afford. Our high-quality images start at just $1.00, and our generous license agreement gives you the flexibility you need. Whether you need an image for advertising, presentations, brochures, or just decoration, we've got you covered!
Color-Pic, Inc. has been providing high quality stock photography to photo buyers since 1989. With over 300,000 images in our files, a rapidly growing online database and high-resolution images available for instant download, we make it quick and easy for you to get the photos you need. We cater to both editorial and corporate users and have been a strong supplier to textbook publishers for many years.
Corbis is a creative resource for advertising, marketing and media professionals, providing a comprehensive selection of photography, illustration, footage, typefaces and rights clearance services.
Crestock is a visual content provider, offering quality royalty-free stock images at a great price
Cutcaster is an online marketplace for high-quality, royalty-free stock photography, illustrations, and vector graphics. We connect image sellers with image buyers in an easy-to-use website focused on what’s most important: helping you find exactly what you need quickly, and within your budget. It’s our passion.
Depositphotos is your #1 resource for buying and selling royalty-free photographs and vector images. Our vast library of imagestock coupled with our wide variety of flexible purchase options makes us the most convenient and profitable tool for designers, artists and photographers.
The image encyclopaedia
Dreamstime is a distinguished leader in stock photography and a major supplier of high quality digital images at unbelievable prices. All stock images available are provided by Dreamstime community's photographers, shot on film or digital and approved by our editors. Structured on categories and subcategories, the database is renewed with thousands of fresh images and titles on a daily basis.
earth photography is a London-based stock photography site selling pictures to businesses and individuals looking for very high quality images to illustrate their publications, promote their products or just display them in their homes.
11 millions stock images created for corporate communication. The best edited stock pictures from Corbis, Pixtal, Fancy, Denkou & PhotoAlto image bank and thousands stock images agencies and photographer
Outdoor Adventure, Landscapes, Travel Destinations and more.
Every Stock Photo
We are a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo's license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free, without advertising, and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.
Welcome to your source for millions of images and illustrations. Find what you need and get immediate image file downloads.
Fotolia is the first worldwide social marketplace for royalty free stock images, allowing individuals and professionals to legally buy and share stock images and illustrations.
Publitek, Inc., dba Fotosearch is a provider of royalty free and rights managed stock photography, illustrations, maps, video, and audio. We bring together many different stock agencies to provide "The World's stock photography at one website."
Feel free to get in touch with us for any assistance you may need in finding the best images for your project, or if you have any questions or concerns about licensing images from fStop:
Gallery Stock is a premium Rights-Managed image library offering creative content from some of the most distinguished and celebrated photographers in the world.
In 1995, Mark Getty and Jonathan Klein founded Getty Images to bring the fragmented stock photography business into the digital age. And that's exactly what they did.
Glasshouse Images is a boutique stock photo and representation agency that caters to a select group of creatives who are always on the look out for exceptional and distinctive imagery.
Stock photography and Royalty free images.
Go Graph Stock Photography
Go Graph Stock Photography offers over 5 million affordable stock photos, illustrations, vector clip art and royalty-free footage clips. Our database contains images on a wide variety of topics and can be used to view or purchase images for any research project.
Affordably Priced Premium Images from $1 to $15
Hicker Photo stock site
Great animal, nature and travel stock photography plus pictures with travel information and tips about beautiful vacation places around the world.
High Impact Stock Photography
Stock photography is available in five standard resolutions. Actual pixel dimensions will vary slightly and may be larger on one dimension. Images are supplied in JPG format (Maximum quality), 24 bit / 8 bits per channel, Adobe RGB (1998) profile, unless requested in another format.
HQ Photography provides affordable high quality stock photos (in black & white or color), and images for prints, posters, decoration, advertising, web/media, commercial use and desktop wallpapers.
London based stock photography site
In 1999, Christina Vaughan founded Image Source with the challenge to become a different kind of photography agency - one where royalty free photography was produced to the same quality standards as traditional rights managed. We have since spent 10 years producing some of the most respected Royalty Free stock photography in the world.
Imagestate Media is committed to providing the highest quality selection of Royalty Free and Rights Managed Imagery to meet all of your image requirements. Whether you are an Ad Agency, Publishing House, or just looking for the right image, we offer easy online search, great value for money and quick hi-resolution download facility.
Founded in 2000, INMAGINE? has grown to be the leading supplier and distributor of Royalty-Free digital stock photography in the world. With more than 10 million Royalty-Free stock images from over 100 best-selling collections, we hold the most complete list of Royalty-Free publishers in the market today.
Welcome to iStockphoto, the web's original source for royalty-free stock images, media and design elements. For over 10 years artists, designers and photographers from all over the world have come here to create, work and learn.
Jupiterimages is one of the leading suppliers of stock photography in the world. We offer a comprehensive range of premium, royalty-free images and stock illustration. So, whenever you need an image, whatever you need it for, you’re sure to find it.
KatzmanStock is a collection of images from the award-winning photographer Mark Katzman and associates. In a marketplace dominated by big companies and generic imagery, KatzmanStock is small, attentive and creative. We take a fine art approach to commercial concepts, bringing the distinctive style and vision of our photographers to rights-managed photography.
Masterfile is a visual content provider - a stock photo agency - with a large collection of Rights-Managed and Royalty-Free photos and illustrations by world-class artists covering a wide range of subjects.
Our stock media collection of 6 million rights managed and royalty free stock images, photography, pictures, illustrations, stock footage and boutique font products serve Creative Professionals who inspire ideas, illustrate concepts and enhance designs in print, motion and web mediums.
Australian Stock agency, promoting photographers from Australia.
Niebrugge Images is a stock and assignment photography photo agency located in Seward, Alaska, offering a wide variety of nature, wildlife and travel photos by professional Alaska photographer Ron Niebrugge.
Nuimage Stock Photo
NuImageStockPhoto.com was formed in 2008. Our goal is to provide the best quality stock photos at a resonable price.
NYC Photo News
Your Source fo photos of New York City
We have been business since 1978, providing quality images to Advertising Agencies, Publishers, and other picture buyers. In 1996, we put our website online.
Panos Pictures is a photo agency specialising in global social issues, driven by the vision and commitment of its photographers and staff. Panos is known internationally for its fresh and intelligent approach and respected for its integrity and willingness to pursue stories beyond the contemporary media agenda.
Panthermedia.net is an online marketplace for royalty-free photography. Buyers and sellers of royalty-free images meet on one common platform. This platform is divided in a photocommunity for photographers and a stock agency for art buyers.
A unique stock agency (aimed currently at buyers only) developed by the master Yuri Arcurs, with his companies photos.
Photo Resource Hawaii
Featuring a wide array of stock photos of Hawaii, Island Lifestyle & Culture, scenic photography, beaches and more. Celebrating our 25th anniversary by now offering both Royalty Free & Rights Managed stock photos.
We offer professional royalty free stock photographs at prices you can afford.
Welcome to our stock photography marketplace, the home for creative stock photos. Whether you're looking to buy photos or sell photos, you've found the right place. Click below to begin or continue your love affair with Photocase.
Welcome to PhotoDune! Read our Getting Started Guide, visit the Blog for recent news and make yourself at home! You can find information about PhotoDune in our Help Wiki.
Photographers Direct: is a photographic portal to help picture buyers and researchers find suitable stock photos for any media. Earning Photographers a fair price on their work.
Photography.com Stock photo site
The stock photography section of photography.com
Photos to Go
It's simple: reduce cost and raise quality
Millions of royalty-free stock photos and illustrations for less. A lot less.
Pictures of Alaska
Alaska Stock Images is a full service photo stock agency specializing in Alaska photos and Alaska-themed photos.
Welcome to Picturesque, your premier source for travel and tourism imagery! With the US and Caribbean as our primary focus, Picturesque offers a dazzling collection of travel destinations and points of interest.
Stock photos and vector illustrations for all your print advertising and website needs.
Founded in Hamburg in 2001, plainpicture has established itself as an alternative source for photography right from the outset. With a credible and unconventional portfolio plainpicture steers away from the current photography mainstream and focuses on targeted editing to develop its ambitious and challenging collection.
More than two million royalty-free photos and illustrations from Jupiterimages, Getty Images and over 85 other collections — all in one convenient search.
Redux Pictures is an independent commercial and editorial photo agency based in New York City with photographers located around the world.
10 million stock images, pictures, vectors and stock illustrations in the Reflex Stock Photo library.
We invite you to visit our new Royalty Free CD and Single Image search page or on the Browse RF CD Title link located after the Quicksearch line above.
There are two faces of ShutterPoint: one designed for photographers and the other for photo buyers.
Shutterstock is the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world. Every day we add thousands of photographs, illustrations, and vectors to our outstanding collection of premium, royalty-free images. Select the subscription plan that's best for you and start downloading today.
Our web site works like your own image library. As a member, you can search, sample, order, and receive images online.
Thank you for visiting Stockfresh, we hope you like it! We are a small team of internet professionals with nearly a decade of stock photography experience. We are based in Hungary, but our staff is truly international — members are scattered all over the world! We're here to provide the best experience for both our customers and contributors.
Sunset covers for its 2000 customers (press, publishing, advertising agencies, companies) a wide range of sectors: animals, nature and environment, tourism, everyday life, cooking.
A stock photography agency
SURF IMAGES IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST SUPPLIER OF SURFING STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY. BASED IN ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA WHERE WE LICENSE SURF, TRAVEL, LIFESTYLE, BEACH, WAVES, PORTRAITS, AND OCEAN RELATED IMAGERY FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.
The Image Works
The Image Works is an independent stock photography agency that has unified numerous photographers and specialized collections from around the world into one impressive archive. Our images come from different sources
The Stock Solution
The Stock Solution is a collection of free downloads for clip art and stock photography. We are one of the oldest sites on Web - since 1995! And we have been in business since 1978. We have both vintage (antique) images and modern, contemporary photographs.
At Veer, you’ll enjoy an uncomplicated shopping experience that lets you stay focused on what’s really important: your creative work. You’ll also find things to do, accessories for creatives at home and on the go, plus endless opportunities to save.
YayMicro.com is an online marketplace where photographers around the world can sell their images directly to customers.
Zoonar was established in Hamburg, Germany in 2006. At a time, when image libraries are mushrooming around the globe and the picture market worldwide is in a state of flux, we want to stand out from the crowd.
How to shoot and manage stock photography
Some Excellent advice on preparing images for Stock.
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