I have created Topimagesites because I wanted to organize the world of stock image websites.
Because some time ago, I needed more than 100 images for a website I was creating. I wanted to add lots of high-definition and fabulous looking images to make the website look great.
However, I didn’t know where to get images from. Could I just use any image I found on the web?
To download images from Google images or from just anywhere on the web is not a particularly smart idea. The reason is that any image has one (or more) owner(s), and these owners have legal rights to the images.
If I were to use images on my website that other persons or companies had legal rights to, I could be sued by the owners and could end up having to pay large penalties.
Therefore, I discarded this option.
I learned that in order to obtain legal rights to use images (or other media products such as videos or audio files), there were three alternatives:
1) I could either take or create the images myself, 2) I could use free images that anyone had the right to use, or 3) I could buy the rights to use these images.
For me to take 100 images was out of the question. For starters, I didn’t have the time for this. Also, I didn’t have a great camera, and I knew very little about how to take fabulous images.
To use free images that anyone had the legal right to use, seemed like a good idea as it would save me money.
However, I ran into a few problems when pursuing this option. Firstly, most of the websites that offer free images that can be used freely have a limited number of images. I therefore found it difficult to find enough images that I really liked.
Even after going though several of these free sites, I didn’t find many images I wanted to use. It was a bit pointless if I could only find a fraction of the images I needed.
Secondly, the image quality of these images was generally not the greatest.
I mean, it was OK for the most part, but often the images were not ultra-razor sharp and super-high resolution. And for my website, I really wanted outstanding images only.
Lastly, many of these free images are used by several other people and websites – website creators, bloggers, designers, etc., so whichever images I would use would also be used several other places on the web.
I didn’t want my images to also be found on hundreds of other blogs and websites out there.
So since the two first options were not viable, I looked into purchasing the rights to use the images I needed.
I didn’t at the time know that there were in fact lots of stock image websites (or agencies) that provided images. However, I did some research and found a few good options that I liked.
I compared 4 of these agencies against each other and picked one that seemed good. I paid for a monthly subscription to download 750 images and ended up paying less than half a dollar per image.
Had Topimagesites been around when I needed my images, it would have made my life a lot easier. And it would also have saved me a bit of money.
I have therefore created Topimagesites to make life easier for other people.
If you are looking for images or media products for your website, for your design work, your advertising campaign, your blog or for anything else, Topimagesites lets you quickly review the top stock image websites.
You can compare the different sites to see how many products each site has, what features are available and what prices they offer.
Topimagesites also lets you get up to speed on stock images in general, legal aspects, how licenses work, etc.
The aim of Topimagesites is to:
1) provide you with all the information you need about stock images, 2) to help you find the right images, 3) to get you the best prices, and 4) to save you time and effort.
You can save money by checking out our Special Offers.
We have added all the discounts and freebies that these agencies offer in one place, and we have also negotiated additional ones that are exclusive to users of Topimagesites.
As a final note, you may have noticed that there are a couple of agencies we have not featured. We would have liked to include Shutterstock, but they asked not to be included on Topimagesites. The same goes for it’s sister-company, Bigstock.
Also, we have decided not to include Fotolia. Fotolia used to be a great agency, but after it was acquired by Adobe Stock, it now seems to get less attention and our guess is that it will shortly be completely integrated into Adobe Stock.