As you’ve likely guessed by now, stock images have nothing to do with investing, shares or Wall Street. But the creator is paid for them! Stock images are professionally designed or photographed images sold or licensed for use to the buyer or licensee. Designers often incorporate stock images into their designs to provide clients with high-quality photos without having to put resources into creating their own images. (If graphic designers had to line up photo shoots every time a client wanted to incorporate a shot of a couple guys in suits exiting a building or a city skyline on a blue-sky day, you can imagine how difficult it would be to get the actual design work done!) .
any agencies and businesses around the world do not have the time or resources to take their own quality stock photographs, whether for a local press release or a massive advertising campaign.
Stock photos are shot by professional or semiprofessional photographers and are usually contained in searchable databases. Stock photo agencies purchase stock photos from private photographers, typically on a contractual basis. Microstock photography services offer a less expensive type of stock photo, but they must be purchased in large volumes and they are always royalty free. Stock photo agencies that offer lower resolution photographs for free in exchange for advertising also exist.
The stock photo industry has been turned upside down as a result of the Internet. It used to be that only large news organizations could afford to purchase photos from a small number of stock photo companies. After the Internet lowered the barrier to entry, the dynamics of the business were changed completely.
DubiStock (Dubistock.com) offer millions of royalty free images for commercial and personal works. The site includes a category listing, which makes it easy to filter the types of images you’re looking for and quickly find what you need.