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Affordable Stock Photography
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As the internet is growing and more and more photographers are uploading their photos, or are trying to earn some money with them, the price of stock photography has dramatically fallen the last few years. And as the internet has discovered the power of free (cheap) , the number of cheap stock photography sites has risen considerably.

Cheap stock photography sites

There are many cheap stock photo sites to be found on the internet. But only a few have quality imagery available for (almost) instant download. One of the ealiest (and the best) is Istockphoto.

Cheap Stock Photography Example at Istockphoto

Istockphoto was the pioneer of microstock photography, the quality is excellent and the collection of cheap stock photos is huge. At the moment of writing this post Istockphoto has over 550,000 files for download. Istockphoto also offers a large selection of vector files (.eps). The prices range from 1 to 20$ depending on the size of the photo.

Micro stock photography sites

Microstock photography, also known as micropayment photography, evolved out of traditional stock photography. Micro sotck photography companies source their images almost exclusively via the Internet and do so from a broad range of photographers. Furthermore they sell their images anywhere from $.20 - $10 for a royalty-free image.

Examples of Microstock sites are:

Fotolia
Fotolia is a relatively new microstock agency, however they entered the microstock market at high speed. In a few months time they managed to set up an archive of almost 750,000 photos, with prices starting at $1 per photo. Fotolia also offers a collection of free photos.

Here is a list of more quality microstock sites:
Bigstockphoto, Stockexpert, Gimmestock, Shuttermap, StockPhotomedia, USPhotoStock

Free stock photography sites and info