There certainly are MANY stock photo websites out there. Googling it will flood your page with them!
So how did these 3 qualify to be on my list?
The top 3 on my list are there firstly because of the subscription options they offer.
At one point in time I did need 300+ images per month. When I started focussing on my own projects though, 10 images per month was more than enough. Now I only occasionally need images. Unfortunately, it usually works out cheaper per image if you get a bulk subscription.
Secondly, they are fantastic value for money when it comes to their great range and quality of images – some site are cheaper, but (in my opinion) they lack diversity of images and I often struggle to find something suitable.
Here are my top 3 stock photo websites:
Depositphotos was the most economical option for my needs and has a fantastic library of images to choose from. I have always found a suitable image with them. PLUS – everybody loves a Freebie, right? Depositphotos offers 4 free downloadable files every week, 1 photo, 1 vector, a video and 1 editorial image.
Dreamstime certainly have great subscription options – you can choose only 5 images per month if you wish, where most other sites have a minimum of 10 per month. You can also make a donation with your purchase. Dreamstime donates 1% of the purchase price of any plan you select to support a charity of your choice. And yes, Dreamstime also has a free image every week!
Shutterstock is an old favourite of mine. The plans and pricing are very competitive these days, but they are still one of the best. They have a huge image library and I love the quality and variety of their stock photos.
Lastly – Why pay at all when there are so many free stock images available these days?
And there you have it – I can personally recommend all three of these sites and I hope you will find them useful too.
Did you know that you can also download stock video clips?