An image can really beef up a web site, blog post or corporate presentation. The term "microstock" refers to images offered by photographers and designers for use in such projects. The price is often in the range of a dollar a photo.
Before buying stock photography, make sure you read the license. In early stock photography contracts, people would pay for "print runs." You would buy a right to print a given number of copies at a given time. This does not work for the Internet.
Royalty free stock agreements are more generous in letting you include images on electronically generated pages. This means you can put the image on your site without counting image views. The contracts, however, balk at anything that might be construed as reselling the image. You could include the image on a corporate brochure, but could not sell greeting cards or sell t-shirts bearing the image.
Netiquette requires that you credit artists for their work; So, I made a Microstock Crediting program to help manage projects (more)
Fotolia (*) - review Fotolia is a social network style site for stock photography. As of Oct 2008, the site carried over 4 million images at affordable stock prices. It is a good source of images for blogs and web sites.
Big Stock Photo (*) - review Big Stock Photo offers a wide selection of photos for as little as $1 a piece. In addition to stock, the site includes editorial photos of current ... which is great for bloggers.
iStockPhoto.com (*) iStockPhoto.com is a leading source for microstock including photos, audio and video.
Shutterstock (*) Royalty-Free Subscription Stock Photography & Vector Art
Deposit Photos, Inc. (*) - review Deposit Photos.com offers stock photography and vector images. Try coupon DS739620 for a 10% discount on your subsription order. and DC396292 for 10% off credit orders.
123RF Stock Photography (www.123rf.com) 123RF is a popular source for Royalty Free Stock Photography and Vectors. They offer both a subscription and pay on demand service.
Foto Search Stock Photography (www.fotosearch.com) Foto Search Stock Photography allows users to search from more than 2 million images from 140 quality stock photography publishers at one site. They can also find royalty-free clipart pictures, illustrations, stock video clips, maps, and more.
Feature Pics (www.featurepics.com) FeaturePics is a site for buying and selling Stock Photos, and giving recognition to the excellent group of FeaturePics Photographers. Search for stock photos and images, check stock photo collections, join our FeaturePics photography community.
Acclaim Images (www.acclaimimages.com) Stock Photography, Stock Photos, Fine Art Prints & Posters
Inmagine (www.inmagine.com) Find millions of quality royalty stock images at inmagine.
Corbis (pro.corbis.com) Corbis offers professional rights managed and royalty free stock images.
Alamy Images (www.alamy.com) Alamy offers an unedited selection of images from professional photographers with rights managed and royalty free options. Most files are in the 50MB size.
Soma Images (www.somaimages.com) A firm from San Francisco offers fashionable stock images.
Mammoth Imagery (www.mammothimagery.com) Providing digital imagery and stock photographs. We offer flexible license agreements at affordable prices, permitting the use of our imagery in a wide range of applications.
Colorado stock photography (www.coloradopics.com) Site Features the stock photography of Grant Collier. The site has 3000+ images of Colorado and Utah.
Masterfile Stock Photos (www.masterfile.com) Site offers royalty free and rights managed photography and graphic design.
open stock photography (www.openstockphotography.org) Site lists images made available to the Wikimedia Commons under an open source or public domain license.
FreeFoto.com (www.freefoto.com) FreeFoto.com is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required).
Dreamstime (www.dreamstime.com) High Resolution Stock Photography: Download Free Stock Photos and Royalty Free Images
Needimages (www.needimages.com) Needimages offers stock photography from Australia.
Vecteezy! (www.vecteezy.com) Vecteezy is an index of Free Vector Graphics available for download by some of the best artists around the world.
Microstock Group (www.microstockgroup.com) A meeting place for microstock photographers
Microstock Insider (microstockinsider.com) A guide to selling photography through microstock web sites.
DeepMeta (www.deepmeta.com) DeepMeta is a program to help photographers manage their iStockPhoto portfolio.