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iStock has to be one of the best stock photography providers out there. Operating as a subsidiary of Getty Images, iStock offers thousands of professional quality stock photographs, at different resolutions, image formats, and more, at very affordable prices.
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How Does iStock Work?
It’s quite simple really. After signing up for an iStock account, you can search for and download stock photography from their library of more than 10 million images. You will be given a choice of image size – the larger the image, the more expensive it is. The smallest image size generally runs around 400-500 pixels in width or height and cost 1 iStock credit, or USD $1.33-1.67, depending on which credit pack size is purchased. A new feature, added in August 2012, allows users to pay as they go rather than committing to credit packs for increased flexibility in image purchasing. Given the quality of images on iStock, this is a great value in the stock photography industry. And if you take advantage of promotion and select an iStock code from the list below (see comments below), you’ll save even more.
Searching for Stock Photography on iStock
The best part about iStock is the ability to narrow down your search to exactly what you need. Not only can you sort by keywords, but you can use an advanced photo search and narrow down your search by:
- Keywords – so you can find just what you are looking for
- File Sizes
- Price Range
- Image Type – Photography, illustration, vector art, video, audio files (music, sound effects); Coming soon: logos
- Photographer or Contributors names (if you find a photographer whose work you particularly like)
- File details such as title, contributor, file number, download, and loupe
- Categories, which include:
- Location – geographic locations
- People – ethnicity, age, gender, number of people (or no people)
- Content – a variety of categories based on themes
- Color – you can search for images containing a particular color
- Copy Space – a unique iStock feature, this allows you to search for images based on the amount of space in the image. This way you can pinpoint exactly where in a space an image occurs (ie. in the top left corner, taking up the whole image area, etc.)
- Licensing Type – depending on how you plan to use the image you are buying, you may want to search specifically for Creative or Editorial
Sorting Your Photography Search Results
Once you’ve conducted a search and narrowed down your selection on iStock to a group of images you’re interested in, you can filter the images by additional parameters such as:
- Best match – this will place additional emphasis on the keywords you used to search
- Age – you can sort by the age of an image. This is useful if you want to search for new images – i.e. anything added since the last time you conducted an image search.
- Downloads – search by the number of times a file has been downloaded. This is very useful in pinpointing popular downloads. Or, conversely, you may want to identify images that have not been downloaded a lot, and therefore don’t appear in public as often.
- Contributor – you can narrow your search results by photographers. They will be sorted alphabetically and grouped based on the photographer’s name. This is useful if you want to differentiate images based on photography style and skill.
- Rating – iStock photo community members rate images. This will help you identify images with higher or lower ratings.
- Size – some images are only available in larger formats, which are more expensive. You can filter these out, or conversely, search only for larger images, by using the image size filter.
- Title – if you’d like to sort your stock photography search results by title, you can do so using the title filter.
iStock Coupon Codes For Our Members
Use an iStock Photo Code from the comment section below (codes are time sensitive, so new promo codes are posted as they become available) to take advantage of exclusive savings we’re extending to our community members for a limited time (note – if the coupon code you’ve selected has not yet expired yet does not work anymore, please leave a comment in reply to the code that doesn’t work.)
iStock Video Promo Codes
In the section below we list discount codes for savings on iStock video purchases. If you don’t see any in the section below, visit the comments for time sensitive (limited time) discounts.
iStock Licensing Options
Now that you’ve found the image you’re looking for, you’re probably wondering what you can do with it? iStock images are royalty free, which means you can use them in your brochure, website, etc. and you don’t have to pay additional royalties to the photographer. However, if you wish to use them in material you’re going to mass distribute or sell for profit, you’ll need to purchase an extended license, which will increase the cost of each stock image you select. Use an iStock coupon code from the list below to save on stock images, regardless of the licensing option you choose.
iStock Corporate Accounts
Did you know that you can open corporate accounts with iStock? What this means is that you’ll be able to assign accounts to members of your staff, who will be able to login and purchase photos using credits you’ve supplied them with (and without having to create their own accounts, or have you deal with reimbursement overhead).
BigStockPhoto – Better Than iStock?
Readers have been asking us if there are any alternatives to iStock. There are many stock photography providers out there, and another one that we highly recommend is BigStock – they have over 11 million stock images and counting and a price structure that is straightforward – you pay a fixed price for images based on size and license type. We recently did a comprehensive comparison of stock photo companies and hope you will find our recommendations and pros/cons helpful in deciding which stock photo company to use.
For those that have tried BigStock and iStock, we’re curious to hear what your experience has been and which you prefer. Post below with your comments.
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