Arian SimonWeb Designer - Business Owner - Entrepreneur who makes happy little mistakes.
In my last post I listed cool sites with free stock photos.
However let’s be honest, sometimes free stock photos just don’t cut it. They are used on multiple websites and your visitors may have seen them already. Thus they simply overlook them. If you have some money to spare, you can get premium stock photos instead. In this post I’ll show you where to get premium stock photos and what you need to check before using them.
Premium stock photos are stock photos you pay for. Typically these are high quality photos taken by professional photographers or agencies. Because people would need to pay for them, they are not as widely used as free stock photos. However on some sites you really have to pay a lot for a single image (they have to pay their lawyers to sue copyright breachers, right?).
Even though you pay for premium stock photos you should always read the license attached. Paying doesn’t mean you don’t have to credit the vendor or author.
Reverse image lookup is a powerful way to find copyright breaches and get a list of sites using a particular image or photo. Google itself provides a reverse image lookup tool. After you clicked the link simply press on the camera icon (“Image Search”) and upload your picture (or provide a link to a picture). You will get all the website addresses where this image can be found.
However my real secret top tool for reverse image search tasks is TinyEye. It delivers great results and also finds the (original) copyright holder for your images.
On a side note: Reverse image searches use algorithms like SIFT (Scale-invariant feature transform) to extract key-point features of an image. These algorithms are also used in robotics.
Alright, here is my list of best stock photo sites featuring great images (and some are relatively cheap too).
Alright, that’s it for today. Hope you got a few suitable vendors for your next web project.