Looking For Photos At The Cheapest Price?

The old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” is not lost on people in the publishing business or especially those who are involved in social media.

Put another way, image sells!

Looking For PhotosToday, many companies have developed businesses around selling photo subscriptions and for some this is not a cheap business and it requires the churning out of a lot of cash to get the photo that one wants.

Consequently, photo enthusiasts, designers, agencies, and different types of companies are always on the lookout for the cheapest deal they can get on the market.

According to, some of the best deals one can get today are as follows:

1. Shutterstock offers 1, 3, 6 or 12-month subscription plans. The cheapest subscription is $249 USD per month and provides you with 25 images per day in the largest file size.  Each image costs 33¢ USD on the basic subscription and can go as cheap as 28¢ USD per image for the one-year plan. This includes all royalty free stock photos and vectors.

2. iStockphoto has recently announced a new and cheaper iStock subscription program which consists of essentials and a signature edition.

The cheapest subscription is $199 USD per month or for 1 year $1999 USD and let the subscriber download 250 photos, vectors, or illustrations a month. iStock does not have a daily download limit anymore.

The cost of more expensive subscription, called signature edition, is $499 USD a month or $3,999 USD a year and can be used to download up to 250 stock photos from any collection, vector files, video, and audio files. Besides these subscriptions, iStock still offers credit packs which you can get for cheap if we have a iStockphoto promo code at the moment.

3. Fotolia offers 1, 3, 6 and 12-month subscription plans with a Standard  and Premium option. Number of downloads and users can be customized by the subscriber. Under the standard one month subscription with 25 downloads per day, the subscribers pays $199 USD with each photo costing 26¢ USD. The least expensive price for a photo under the largest subscription is 14¢ USD. Subscriptions renew on a 24 hour basis and is determined by the subscriber at the time of sign up.

The standard subscription defines a download as a x-small to large JPEG image. The premium subscription includes all sizes of images, vectors and video in their downloads, each being one download.

4. Dreamstime provides one week as well as 1, 3, 6 and 12-month subscriptions and customizes their subscriptions to include 10, 25, or 50 downloads a day.  The basic subscription for one week, 10 downloads per day is $44.99 USD with a download costing 64¢ USD. The largest subscription has a price of 20¢ USD per download.

It is important to note that Dreamstime categorizes their photos into three levels. One download includes level 1-2 images.  Other levels require a subscriber to use 2 or 3 downloads to be able to include them in their subscription plan.

5. 123rf gives 1, 3 and 12-month subscription options with 6 choices in total. The least expensive 30 day with 5 images per day subscription is $89 USD with each image costing 59¢ USD. The largest subscription is 33¢ USD per image.  Images on the subscription plans are XXL images with a standard license.

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