How much do stock photos cost?
If you are someone considering buying or selling stock photography, you might be wondering just how prices are set for such photos. In recent years, many stock sites have begun to offer royalty free CD-roms full of photos for rock bottom prices. Other shots, represented by agencies and agents might sell for unbelievably high price points. So, what is the difference?
Famous photographers will always be able to place high prices on their photos and get more money from discriminating buyers. Depending on the stock deal at hand, very strict fields-of-use may be in place or there may be virtually no restrictions on how often a photo is used. In general, stock photography deals are based on:
*The exact use of the photo, including the number of times it's used.
*Where it's used.
*The geographic market in which it is used.
*The duration it is used.
Additionally, if you are buying a stock photo for a client, helping them to create a specific brand or image in the marketplace, you'll want strict requirements on that photo because you're client certainly wouldn't want to see that image used by another company or competitor. But, if you plan to use the image for a short duration and a less critical field-of-use, buying an inexpensive shot will save you money and time in the long run.
Stock Photography Frequently Asked Questions
What is stock photography?
How do I buy stock photos online?
How do I choose the right photo for my use?
How much will I pay to buy a stock photo?
What type of photos are the best to buy?
Are there any stock photos I can find by image category versus key words?
What happens to image resolution when a photo is enlarged?
What constitutes a high resolution image?
Are internet images suitable for printed material?
Are photos in lower resolution always usuable in print?
Does compression of a photo change its resolution?
What is a JPEG photo file?
Are JPEG files the same as the original photo?
Are there any other types of photo files besides JPEG?
Are there disadvantages to royalty free stock photography?
What is the main advantage of royalty free stock photography?
How do I access royalty free photos?
Can I buy royalty free video clips just like I buy stock photography?
Do royalty free images come with any licensing parameters?
Should I buy a royalty free stock photo subscription?
How can I make my vector graphics better?
What is vector art?
How can I make my vector files more compatible?
What is a stock photography portfolio
What type of stock shots sell?
Should I have someone else represent me as a stock photographer?
As a stock photographer, can I deduct the expenses of working from home?
Is the site that wants to sell your stock photos legitimate?
How do I choose a good presentation photo?
Are there other types of image available on stock photography sites besides photos?
What makes a photo have impact in a presentation?
What kind of photos make the best presentation?
Can I use any photo on the web for my presentation?
Can amateur photographers earn income selling stock photos?
Is it always best to search for stock photos yourself?
How do I get started using stock photography sites?
What kind of photos can I sell online?
How are key words used on stock photo sites?
How do stock photo key word searches work?
What is rights-managed photography
What does a rights-managed stock photo cost?
What are the advantages of a rights managed photo?
What can happen if I use a stock photo illegally?
What is a derivative photo?
What types of copyright protection can photographers get?
How do I find a free blog photo?
Is it always legal to use a celebrity stock photo in my blog?
What are some creative ways to use blog photos?
Are professional graphic designers the only ones who can alter or stylize photos?
How can I make my newsletters and other reports more interesting?
How do I find free stock photos?
How do I search for free photos?
Are the stock shots offered online for free just a lower quality?
Why does my free stock photo look blurry?
How does public domain apply to free stock photos?
How do I know which free photo to choose?
Do photos of famous people and places violate copyright rules?
how to I choose the right free photo?
Can I sell my web graphic online?
Where do I get a stock photo on a tight deadline?
What is a stock photography subscription?
What are photo licensing agreements?
Should I sell my photos online for as low as $1?
How much do stock photos cost?
Why pay money for a professional stock shot over an amateur one?
How do I take better flash images
What is a flash movie?
What is flash animation?
How do I take better flash images with my camera?
How is flash technology being used in education?
How do I use flash files to build a slideshow?
How do I find culturally-diverse people pictures
What type of people images have the most impact on an audience?
Do black and white shots make good stock photography?
How should I choose the best nature stock photo?
What kind of photo motivates an audience?
Why does the stock photo I bought not look the same once I use it?
Why is animal stock photography so popular?
What is royalty free?
What are the copyright issues with stock photos?
What is a derivative?
Should I use props in stock photography?