What’s this? A frugal blogger who pays for the stock photos that she uses on her blog when there are free photos available. Yep, that’s me!
Here are 5 reasons that I think purchasing stock images is the best way to go.
Also, you receive the option to purchase different levels of usage rights for the images depending on the nature of what you are creating and the number of times that you will be using them (Ex..Blog Post vs. Physical Product for Extensive Resale).
Huge Selection of Photos to Chose From-I have noticed that with free stock photos you do not always have a great selection to chose from. You may be forced to use a photo that does not really fit your topic because that is the closest relevant image you can find. Paid stock services not only offer a large selection of images to chose from (in the thousands), but they also provide a keyword search feature that will save you tons of time.
Uniform Quality of Images-Not only do you get a large selection of photos with stock services, but you will also find generally only high quality images for purchase. Photos are screened and must meet specific standards before they can be added to a service’s collection.
This is great for you as a blogger, because the work that you produce will have a uniform, higher end look. This look works especially well for social media outlets such as Pinterest and Facebook.
Avoid Chance of Downloading Virus to Your Computer Along with Images
Websites that offer free downloads, whether it be images, fonts, etc.., may also bring along with them downloads that you don’t want. Computer viruses could potentially hitch a ride with the great free photos that you find.
Extra Goodies With Your Images
The stock photo company that I use most often is Canva. I not only love their images, but the extras that come with them.
On Canva’s website you will find super easy-to-use templates for business cards, email headers, Facebook posts, infographics, invatations, Pinterest graphics, and much more. These basic templates will give you the optimal dimensions for all these different types of creations. Also, some free ready made templates are available.
Canva also offers free Design School tutorials and a gallery where you can look at other people’s creations for inspiration.
Another paid stock photography company that I have used and can recommend is iStock. On the site, in addition to photos, you can purchase audio and video clips and illustrations. The images tend to be pricier than Canva, but in return you do have a larger selection. The company does offer monthly plans where you can roll over unused image credits month to month up to a pretty high limit. iStock by Getty Images has been around since 2000 and has more than 160,000 people around the world producing a images for its collections.
Be sure and check Canva and iStock out, and leave a comment with any other paid stock photo sites that you think are worth exploring.
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