Photo Portals: The Resource Community for Photographers

Recording events as they happen and making ever lasting memories is our way of making visual albums that we can visit anytime we want. With the digital age and the internet, it has been made even easier now, with everyone being able to take hundreds and thousands and maybe more pictures. With so any images being accessible to people from all over the globe, it has become easier to get an image for your use no matter the subject at hand. There are many reputable photo portals that you can get images from which are listed below.

  • FotoSearch

With over 23,200,000 royalty free photos, hundreds of thousands of stock footage clips, digital videos, vector clip art images and more – this site is the one-stop shop for many people. Founded in 1998, it is one of the world’s largest distributors of stock photography and can be accessed in over a dozen languages. Located in Wisconsin, the images from this site have been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times and the cover of Newsweek. Many of the stock footage from this website have been used in several movies as well.


  • ShutterStock

Any person who’s had to work on a project will know how important and useful Shutterstock can be. Whether it’s looking for that perfect vector image for your invites or that image for your presentation or simple just pretty designs – many people from all over the world visit this website. Headquartered in NYC, it has a library of over 50 million royalty free stock photos and much more. Just to give you an idea how big it is, 40,000 new content is added every single day from 60,000 contributors in 150 countries per day! This includes images, video clips and music posted by musicians, graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, videographers and more. Founded in 2003, it is also publicly traded on the NYSE.

  • iStockPhoto

Talented artists, designers and other contributors upload their work to the website with over a half a million new content being featured on its website monthly. It is an online portal that hosts royalty free stock photos, vector images, video and audio tracks and more with a different pricing model for each image according to the size. A contributor can get paid up to 15% – 40% commission on each sale and if their work sells very well on this website, they are given the option of becoming exclusive to iStockPhoto with a bonus added to their commission.


  • Getty Images

This American stock photo agency has an archive of over 80 million still images and over 50,000 hours of stock film footage. Targeting creative professionals, media and the corporate world, this Seattle based company has grown over the year to become one of the largest stock photo websites in the world. Their revenue system work by charging the customer for each image they purchase and the rights to use that image as they see fit. Charges vary with size, resolution and even the rights associated with the image.

  • Corbis

This Seattle based licensing agency was founded by Bill Gates in 1989 and focuses intensely on the acquisition and preservation of historic images with a general photo and footage licensing also included. It expanded into the entertainment advertising market and now represents the personality rights of various figures like Bruce Lee, Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Thomas Edison, Muhammad Ali and many more. As their focus is also more on digitizing historical content, it has agreements in place with the National Gallery of London, Library of Congress, State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and many more.

I tend to think of myself as an amateur photographer. I don’t consider myself to be a Henri Cartier-Bresson in any way, but I think my compositions and subjects in a frame are pleasing. At least, that’s what people have told me.

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