Stock Photo Diary: How I Found the Best Cheap Stock Photos

Being a travel blogger, I am regularly in search of the best photos to complement my writing. While I can take my personal photos to make my blog more resounding, stock photos make them more alive and interesting. Who likes poor-quality photos taken by non-professional photographers, anyway? That’s why I always take the time to look for high-quality stock photos over the Internet.

Starting Out
On my first blogs, I talked about the places I want to travel. Since I have not been to the places yet, I inserted beautiful photos from stock photo agencies. I started with one photo a blog. During this time, I find Fotolia suitable for my creative needs. With a Pay-As-You-Go promotion, I got marvelous photos for a very affordable price. If you are also starting out with your blog, visit Fotolia and get cheap but gorgeous pictures.

Getting Better
One by one, I visited the places I mentioned in my blogs. In addition to my personal photos, I used cheap stock photos to authenticate my travels. However, the number of photos I needed also increased. A friend of mine was using Shutterstock, so I decided to try it as well. Although it costs higher than Fotolia, Shutterstock offers amazing royalty-free images. It also has a wider range of choices with its over 55 million images. To cope with the higher expense, I used Shutterstock coupon code.

Now, I am using iStock for my blogs. What I like about iStock is that my credits never expire. I am currently subscribed to its most affordable plan and I am pleased. I get to choose from millions of royalty-free images, illustrations and even videos at a great price. Plus, I don’t have to worry about not being able to consume my credits as they are rolled over the next month. I also get to enjoy free photos, videos, illustrations and music clips per week.

Looking Ahead
I admit that I am not a good photographer. That’s why I am thankful for photo-editing applications. I am using Photoshop for all my personal photos so they don’t look too horrible when placed among cheap stock photos. After all, I intend to convince my readers that I’ve been to these places and all those photos were taken by me. When I heard that Adobe has launched its own stock photo site, I was excited as it is integrated with Adobe Photoshop. When my subscription ends, I will try Adobe Stock and I will tell you about my experience.

This is my stock photo diary. I’ve been jumping from one stock photo site to another, but all of them did not disappoint me. They all catered to my creative needs. Without all of them, my blog will not be as successful as it is today. I won’t be able to retain my visitors and turn them into avid readers. Without them, my blog will never be interesting.    

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