Cheaper Stock Photo Options than Stocksy

There’s no question that stock photos add an incredible amount of value to ad campaigns. If they’re not part of your marketing strategy now, you may want to reconsider your marketing strategy and include them.


Some stock photo agencies are more expensive than others. Although some may tout that the more expensive ones are worth their weight in gold, if you’re on a budget, it may not be the best choice for you. Stocksy is one of the ones that can be quite pricy. Stocksy is one that offers a unique stock photo library, you can read its overview from Stock Photo Secrets site. Stocksy’s library is themed for the holidays, and each one looks like it came right out of an expensive photo shoot. Personally, I like Stocksy. However, if you play around with Stocksy’s software on their website, you’ll quickly find out that the most offensive option means you can end up paying in the realm of $900 for a single photo. Realistically, I can’t see anyone doing that – but it is possible.

Let’s take a look at some of the cheaper options out there, shall we? With DepositPhotos, you’re paying around one dollar per photo. Most marketing managers would welcome a price like that. Considering that the most common use for stock photos is in marketing campaigns, one dollar is a steal. That’s not even considering the promotion they have going on for new customers where you can get five free credits per day for the first seven days. Plus they have a unique add-in for Adobe’s Creative Cloud. By installing this add-in, you don’t have to go to the website or even leave the application at all to browse the stock photo library, download your image and use it in popular programs like Photoshop.

istock-by-getty-688iStockPhotos aren’t the cheapest in the bunch, but they are quite popular. They charge around $10 per image. Shutterstock offers a decent plan for starters. They’re offering around six dollars per image for their cheapest, basic plan. For $30, you get five credits to use within a 30-day period. Fotolia recently got acquired by Adobe, which gave rise to their Adobe Stock offering. What’s nice to know is that Fotolia will remain a separate entity. It is quite affordable with a 10-credit pack starting at $14. That comes out to less than two dollars per image.

The point is this. There are plenty of stock photo options cheaper than Stocksy. Browse around, take your time, and decide which one is best for you. Many photo agencies have libraries that are larger than 30 million images. With that in mind, you don’t want to choose a stock photo agency based on variety, of all things. You want to choose it based on your own budget and how easy it is to use their website. It won’t be long before you’re a stock photo pro, being able to download what you want and when you want it on the fly.

Stocksy’s Unique Photo Categories

Catering to the creative professional is Stocksy’s mission. Stocksy’s carefully curated photos allow for a unique brand of artistic flair in their offerings. They’re able to offer their stellar collection because of the way they do business. While most stock photo imaging services offer categories such as art, business and education, Stocksy (read their review from Stock Photo Secrets) offers themes such as football, confetti and Champagne to go right in line with the holidays. Let’s take a look at Stocksy’s unique photo categories.


Halloween. Stocksy can really capture the spirit of fall and Halloween with many pictures of children and costumes making cookies looking cool.

Pumpkins. As at the Halloween theme wasn’t enough, this section includes a pumpkin and every one of their pictures.

Costumes. People in costumes may be found in the Halloween section, but this particular section has every single photo with someone in a costume.

Spooky Decorations. Moving right along the row of holiday selections, this section has every photo sporting some sort of fall theme.

Thanksgiving. If there is ever a section designed to make you hungry, you found it. Full of laughter and good times, a splendid Thanksgiving leaves you with a smile on your face.

Family. Nothing can leave you with better memories than that of family. The best memories anyone ever has been often tied to families.

Dinner Parties. You can’t have fall festivities without your fair share of dinner parties, now can we?

Football. Football has a bigger American history than baseball. At least, that’s what this photo section will lead you to believe.

Winter. The magic of winter around the world has been captured by Stocksy and collected in this section.

Christmas. There’s a magic in the air when it comes to Christmas. Christmas is an exciting time, especially with the new year right around the corner.


Christmas Trees. Have you ever hacked down your own Christmas tree? This collection will make you want to take a trip to the mountains and bring back one of your own.

Decorations. As you can probably tell by now, Stocksy is all about the themes for the holidays. Enter Christmas decorations and a collection of its own.

New Year’s Eve. Start the new year off right at the stroke of midnight. No new your collection would be complete without its fair share of festivities.

Champagne. The traditional New Year’s beverage, Champagne is popped at the stroke of midnight to usher in the new year. Champagne has its roots in France in a region with the same name. Any sparkling wine made elsewhere is merely called sparkling wine.

Confetti. No new year party would be the same without confetti – the mark of a celebration.

Back to the Gym. Be prepared to work off the holiday calories with this gym themed collection.