2 Methods of Purchasing Stock Photos

1 July 2020 Curioso Photography

2 Methods of Purchasing Stock Photos

2 Methods of Purchasing Stock Photos

There are 2 standard ways to purchase stock photos: as single images, and a subscription. Which is the right method for you?

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Single Image

The simplest method to purchase stock photos is on an image by image basis. Most stock photo agencies sell images this way. You can browse the photo galleries and make individual image purchases. This is the recommended method for small businesses or individuals on a tight budget that only use stock images sporadically, as it allows them to purchase only what they need, when they need it, without further payment commitments.


Stock photo subscriptions allow you to pay a single monthly or annual fee, and download images as you need them. There’s a limit of images you can download, commonly set per month but also available on a per-day basis. These plans reduce per-image price significantly compared to single image purchasing, letting you buy photos for as low as fractions of a dollar each.

Subscriptions range in time from 1 month to 1 year. Download limits oscilate between 10 and up to 750 images per month. Fees run from around $50 to $500 per month, depending on the quality and resolution of the images you require, and the download limit you choose.

If you require a large number and variety of images constantly, the subscription method is a good choice. It not only grants you access to the quantity, quality and variety of images you need, but it also lets you save hundreds of dollars.

The Best Buying Option for You

Analyze your needs, your budget allowance and your preferences, to help decide which purchasing method is more suitable for you. Choosing the right buying option is key, as it will save you both time and money, resources nobody would want to waste.

To find the best places to buy Royalty Free images cheap, check out this awesome list of the  Best Stock Photo Sites in the market!

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