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Where to Find Photos and Images for your Web Site, Blog, and Newsletters

Photos, videos, and illustrations will add a lot to your professional appearance and will better engage visitors. Images are also certain to increase responses from newsletters and blogs. It is recommended you hire a photographer or take your own photos and videos whenever possible, but you can also find professional images from stock libraries. Here are some stock image resources we recommend:

  • Dollar Photo Club (Most affordable)– Images for $1. $10 minimum.
  • Bigstock – IncludeSlightly larger selection over Dollar Photo Club, but a lot of the same photos. Image for $1. $35 minimum. If you only need 1 image, they offer a $1/month trial.
  • Shutterstock – Too close for comparison, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for on Dollar Photo Club or Bigstock, Shutterstock has a larger selection for a higher cost per photo. Highest Price: 2 Images for $29.
  • iStockPhoto (Recommended) – Best balance of quality and price. Pay-per-image or subscribe.
  • Getty Images (Best Quality) – More expensive, but you’ll find the highest quality and least widely used images available. Pay-per-image only.

Side-by-Side Comparison

  • Photos
  • Illustrations
  • Videos
  • Save and organize your favorite images.Lightbox
  • Included w/ Gold Plan
  • Purchase images as needed using credits.Pay-per-Image
  • Volume pricing for images.Subscription
  • Subscription Cost
  • # of Images
  • Additional Images
  • Dollar Photo Club

  • $

  • yes
  • yes
  • no
  • yes
  • no
  • yes
  • yes
  • $10/month
  • 10
  • $1
  • Big Stock

  • $

  • yes
  • yes
  • no
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • $69/month
  • 5 per day
  • Varies
  • iStockPhoto

  • $$

  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • yes
  • $199/month
  • 250 per month
  • Varies

Tips

Sizes: Images are generally priced based on size and quality. For web sites, you won’t need more than a small or medium sized file. Most web images are between 150 pixels and rarely over 800 pixels.

Video: Don’t expect to find much for video footage, stock videos of people exercising seem to lack any understanding of fitness.