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Stock Photos Questions People Ask in 2022

Our “Stock Photos Questions People Ask in 2022” article should answer most of your questions about stock photography.


  • What stock photos means?

Stock photos are photographs that are stripped from Company Logos, Names and Address, and everything related to coypyrights and/or Private life. Basically, they are generic Images.

  • Why are some stock photos so bad?

  1. Anybody can give their photos, so the free stock photos mostly are of poor quality. They are just not regulated at all. Why spend time reviewing something you will give for free ?
  2. Paid stock photos have strict rules in quality to follow. They are inspected individually and must have good presentation visually and good technical quality to be sale worthy.
  • Are stock images free?

– Photographs licensed under creative commons public domain dedication are free. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission. Some photos however may require photographer’s attribution.

– Free photos from websites are also free to use in most ways, but you cannot resell them unless you modify them first.

  • How do you tell if a photo is a stock photo?

    1. Search for image credit or contact details.
    2. The ones with people on them sometimes look a bit artificial.
    3. They don’t have logos, copyrights, names, adresses or watermarks.
    4. The image’s metadata sometimes give you this information.
    5. If you’re not sure, the safer is not to use them for commercial purpose.
  • What pictures can I use without copyright?

    1. Use Public Domain Images (a.k.a. ‘No Copyright’ Images) can be used.
    2. Find Creative Commons Images.
    3. Most pictures can be used in Social Media for personal use, but not for business.
  • Why is Pexels free?

If you do an image search on Pexels.com, you will see there’s a mix of free photos from Pexels, and other sponsored Images from Istock, that redirect back to their site. And these photos are not free. 

Big selling stock photos agencies (Getty, Istock.. etc) use free stock photo sites with a lot of ordinary pictures to attract people back to their own paying site, that has better imagery. Most people searches on Google are for “free photos”, basically it’s just a trick they do.

  • How much do Shutterstock pay for photos?

Shutterstock pays you 15 to 38 cents every time one of your images is downloaded, based on your earnings tier. The on demand plan lets customers purchase an image pack under the standard or enhanced license. These images must be downloaded within a year of the purchase date.

  • How do I remove the Shutterstock watermark?

You don’t. And even if you were able, it would still be illegal to use them without paying rights.

  • How can I legally take a picture on the Internet?

    1. Assume the Image has Copyrights, and use Google Image Search to find the owner.
    2. You can always use Creative Commons-Licensed Images.
    3. Use Free Images from sites like Pexels, Unsplash, Pixabay and Stockvault.
    4. Just Buy Images from Stock Photo Agencies.
  • Can I use stock images for my business?

– You can use regular stock Images mostly everywhere, except for abusing or offensing stuff.

– “Editorial Use Only” Images should only be used for news or informational purposes.

  • Why should I use stock photos on my website?

Most photographers won’t spend time tracking people that use their images personally on small blogs or on Social Medias. But, if your website or blog has a lot of traffic, or is used in a commercial manner, you better not take any chance, and pay the rights.

  • When should you not use stock photos?

    1. Local Businesses should keep them at minimum for authenticity purpose.
    2. To create false accounts on social medias or else, for whatever reasons.
    3. For scamming purposes.
  • What can I use instead of stock photos?

    1. You can use your own pictures.
    2. Ask a friend to take pictures.
    3. Hire a professional photographer.
  • Is Pexels, Pixabay and Unsplash copyright free?

Yes, all photos and videos are free for commercial use. You can use them in commercial websites, blogs, products or anywhere else.

*Trademarks, logos, or brands may still be protected by privacy, copyright or trademark rights. Using their images can get you in trouble with the owner of the brand.*

  • Is it hard to get approved on Stock Photos Websites?

On paid sites, to get approved, you must have a diverse selection of visually good images. You also have to master the technical quality standards. Minimum Photoshop skills is basically a must.

  • How do I find good stock photos?

Large royalty-free stock businesses like iStock, Getty Images and Shutterstock have a very large selection of very good photos. Unfortunately, good stock images are rarely free..

  • Can I edit stock photos?

– On Most Royalty-Free Stock Websites, use can modify images as you wish. But you just can’t resell them, even altered.

– On free photos websites, you can modify and also sell the modified version only.

  • How much does a stock photo model make?

    1. We suggest to pay $75 to $100 an hour when using amateur or semi-pro models.
    2. Most photographers though, use agreements like “TFP” (Time for Pictures) to help models build their portfolios.
  • How do I start stock photography?

    1. Learn the basic photography skills.
    2. Practice and shoot a lot.
    3. Prepare a collection of your best shots of diverse subjects.
    4. Verify that images don’t have has logos, “drawings & texts you didn’t create”, brands & adresses.
    5. You must have “model releases” for every identifiable persons in the pictures.
    6. It’s a good idea to use Photoshop to clean images of distracting objects
    7. Verify if the luminosity, color saturation and contrast are good.
    8. Submit your images to websites when all is done..
  • Are stock photos real?

Yes and No. There’s all kinds of stock images, some look fake, some look real. Ex: When shooting people, model smile rarely look authentic when they are ask to smile. A better way is to ask them to close mouth and not smile, but say or do things that will make them smile involontarily.. 

  • Who uses stock photography?

Stock photos are mostly for commercial, editorial, entertainment and artistic uses.

We saw them on:

    • Book covers
    • Pamphlets
    • Advertisements
    • Websites
    • Tv movies and shows
    • Newspapers
    • Magazines
    • and more ( see this website ) ..
  • How does stock photography work?

Stock photography is an online source of images available for people and companies to download. They are hosted either on one website or slathered over many. The photographer uploads the images to the stock photography agency. These agencies, such as Getty Images or Shutterstock, protect the image with a watermark.

  • How do I sell my photos as stock photos?

The easiest way to make your photographs available as stock images for sale is by using a third-party microstock website such as iStockPhoto, Dreamstime, Shutterstock, 123RF, or Getty Images via Flickr. Selling your photos through a stock agency like this is quick and easy.

  • Who pays most for stock photos?

    1. On Your Own Website. The number one best place to sell photos online is on your own website. …
    2. Adobe Stock. …
    3. Shutterstock. …
    4. Alamy. …
    5. Etsy. …
    6. Fotomoto. …
    7. Crestock. …
    8. 500px.
  • Where can I sell stock photos?

    1. Fotolia and Adobe Stock. Fotolia is now part of Adobe Stock, which sells images directly to Creative Cloud users. …
    2. Getty Images. …
    3. iStock Photo. …
    4. Can Stock Photo. …
    5. Dreamstime. …
    6. Shutterstock. …
    7. 123RF. …
    8. Stocksy.
  • How do you avoid stock photography?

    1. Avoid images where the models are retouched and “perfect.”
    2. Don’t Use images where the facial expressions look orchestrated.
    3. Avoid images where the situation seems unreal or like it’s happening on a movie set.
  • Is it worth selling photos on Shutterstock?

For most stock photographers and illustrators, Shutterstock consistently outperforms all other agencies. If you are thinking of getting started as a microstock photographer, make sure Shutterstock is at the top of your list to join. For many contributors, Shutterstock represents around 40% of their monthly earnings.

  • What type of stock photos are in demand?

Images that have strong leading lines will continue to be in demand for stock photography. Photos that capture relaxing scenes like beaches, snow-capped trees and fields of flowers will be the most popular.

  • Can you actually make money selling stock photos?

You can earn between $0.30 and $99.50 per (royalty-free) sale by selling stock photos, but no less than $0.10. For selling stock photos under an extended license, you can earn up to $500.00 per sale. In summary, stock photos earn around $0.35 per image per month.

  • Do people get paid for stock photos?

In general, when agencies sell your picture, you can earn between 10 cents and 100$ per image. This obviously depends on many factors, including which agencies you send them, what are the image quality and usefulness and more..

  • Do models get paid for stock photos?

Stock photography models are paid a one-time flat fee. You show up for the shoot, you get paid, and you go try to find more opportunities. It can be disconcerting when your photo appears on the cover of a magazine or pops up as a brand-name ad on a popular website, and you receive no compensation for it.

  • Should I edit stock photos?

Editing is a crucial process in stock photography. Since you’re selling your work to the public, it’s important to be meticulous about how you present your images. Nobody likes to waste time editing—especially when there are hundreds (or even thousands) of photos to work on.

  • How do you make stock photos unique?

    1. Turn your color photo into a black and white photo. Here is a color stock image some beautiful trees. …
    2. Give your stock image a retro or vintage look. …
    3. Crop stock photos. …
    4. Add a bold color filter to the stock image.
  • How do I make a photo look like a stock photo?

    1. Good Stock Photos have Good Conceptual Subjects  …
    2. Real People help to make more authentic images.
    3. For more, just read this article: Photography Tips 101
  • What is the best stock photo site?

3 Best Stock Photo Sites (2022): Biggest Websites for Stock Photography

    • Getty Images – Now Istock Agency Owner. …
    • iStock – One of the First Agency. …
    • Shutterstock – Lowest prices. …
  • Is iStock copyright free?

Istock sells Royalty-free Images only. In the photography world though, “Royalty-free” mean “Exclusivity-Free”, not that the image is free. This article (What Royalty-Free Really Means) explain why..

  • What happened to Pixabay 2020?

So Canva has acquired Pexels and Pixabay, two German-based, very prominent and popular free stock photo sites. … Plus, both Pexels and Pixabay will continue to offer their free files to everyone on their stand-alone websites, just like before.

  • Why is Shutterstock rejecting my photos?

Obvious imperfections can lead to the rejection of a, otherwise, great photo. “It is very important that your image is clear, sharp, and free of noise caused by high ISO,” Shutterstock contributor Marentze explains.

  • What kind of pictures sell on Shutterstock?

What Kind of Images Can You Sell on Shutterstock? You can sell photos, videos, illustrations, 3D images, and vector illustrations on Shutterstock. The upload process is relatively simple.

  • How do I not get rejected by Shutterstock?

Stock photos are one of the least creative areas in photography. So it makes sense that images should be uniform. To avoid this rejection, simply take straight images. If you get rejected, simply straighten and re-submit

  • Can I use Pexels on YouTube?

Yes, you can upload Pexels images and videos to YouTube, as long as they are are inside your video.

  • Can you make money from Pexels?

Pixabay, Pexels, and Freerangestock provide images that are free for anyone to download. They are examples of websites that enable amateurs to make money from their photographs. Successful (money generating) images are ones that people are searching for.

  • Is Pexels commercial use?

You can use all images for free, even for commercial use. All images are completely royalty free and licensed under the Pexels license. Use them for any project you want. This includes blogs, websites, apps, art or other commercial use cases.

  • Is it illegal to use stock photos?

As long as they are labeled for commercial use, you can use stock photos in multiple designs and projects with a for-profit purpose, including websites, marketing and advertising, branding, and more. … If the photos are labeled as Editorial, you can only use them for this end (never commercially).

  • What is the purpose of stock photos?

Stock photos can be used for marketing and advertising, personal projects, commercial and for-profit projects, and on blogs and websites. The wide variety of uses and instant turnaround time make stock photography a common choice for independent graphic designers and businesses alike.

  • Why do stock photos exist?

Getting an image to pay for itself is the primary goal for any stock photographer. It may sound unbelievable, but the ‘Fat Man’ image made more than enough money to recoup the costs of shooting, post-work, and submission to stock sites.

  • Are stock images free?

Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, some photos may require attribution.

  • Why are stock photos Bad?

Stock photos provide a way to add graphics to your online content without producing the images yourself. … As it turns out, cheesy stock photos can be a huge turnoff to your readers because they’re so impersonal. Simply put, most stock photos don’t do a good job on their own of representing your brand.

  • Can I put my logo on a stock photo?

You can even add your logo manually on stock photos, but we’ll explain that later. Tie all the photos together with a visual theme. This could be a dominant color, or something more abstract, like people smiling.

  • Is Pexels a safe website?

Yes. Pexels is legal. … Using the images on Pexels ensures that you avoid copyright conflicts that would otherwise be an issue when downloading from Google. Photos on Pexels use two types of licenses: the Pexels License, and the Creative Commons license (CC0).

  • Do you need to credit stock photos?

When you purchase a Royalty free stock photo from a stock photography agency, photo credits are not legally required but it is a courteous thing to do. By crediting the photo, you are recognizing the photographer and the stock agency either at the bottom of the photo or in your work.

  • Should I use stock photos on my website?

Placing a stock photo on your website doesn’t provide your audience with original content or a good UX. Not only can these photos feel inauthentic, but it can be a poor experience to see the same picture again and again across multiple websites. This is something Google would like to avoid showing its users.

  • How do stock websites work?

Stock image websites do not sell images, but rather facilitate sales of rights to use these images. The ownership of the images typically always reside with the photographer. Rights can be sold to one exclusive user, or it can be sold to a number of users.

  • Is Canstockphoto any good?

Dreadful site for selling your images. The upload process is exceptionally slow – it can take hours to upload 1 image. The worst thing is the reviewer process which declines pretty much everything – including images which have sold well on other sites. Customer service is good so it gets one star.

  • How can I legally take a picture on the Internet?

    1. Always Assume the Image is Protected by Copyright. …
    2. Linking. …
    3. Use Your Own Photos and Images. …
    4. Try Using Creative Commons-Licensed Images. …
    5. Use Images From Stock Photo Agencies. …
    6. Confirm Who Owns the Copyright in the Image.
  • How do you find the source of a stock photo?

If you have found a stock photo through a google search, the website where you can purchase the image will be a link associated with the image. You can click through to the stock photography agency website, sign up for a membership and pay for the image directly on the stock photography agency website.

  • Where can I find free stock photos on Google?

    1. Enter a search term in Google Images search.
    2. Click the Gear icon, then select Advanced search.
    3. Scroll down and use the usage rights drop down menu to select free to use or share, even commercially.
  • How can I copyright my photos?

You can file an application to register your copyright either online via the U.S. Copyright Office’s website or by mailing a paper application. The Copyright Office will then issue a certificate of registration once it receives your completed application along with the filing fees and copies of the image.

  • Can you sell royalty free images?

No, you can’t. Royalty Free images are sold under a paid license, regardless of your intended use being commercial or non-profit. You cannot use Royalty Free images for free, because it’s an unlicensed, and therefore illegal use.

  • Where can I get free stock photos?

    1. Unsplash.
    2. Gratisography.
    3. Morguefile.
    4. Pixabay.
    5. Stockvault.
    6. Pexels.
    7. Picjumbo.
    8. Pikwizard.
  • Is it legal to print pictures from the Internet for personal use?

In the U.S., as in most countries, images are under the protection of copyright law and international copyright agreements. … Unless you own the copyright to an image or have a license from the owner, printing a copy of an image or posting it online without permission is a violation of copyright.

  • How much does Pexels cost?

All photos and videos on Pexels are free to use.

  • How many pictures is Pexels?

Pexels provides media for online download, maintaining a library that contains over 3.2 million photos and videos, growing each month by roughly 200,000 files.

  • Can I sell Pexels photos?

You can only sell Pexels photos or videos if you have edited, modified, or otherwise added value to the image.

  • Can you really make money with Shutterstock?

Shutterstock pays based on your success level. You start with 15% earnings but get as high as 40% for a royalty-free license. For selling an enhanced license, you can earn up to 30%.

  • Do you lose copyright on Shutterstock?

Here are some key points about the content you submit to Shutterstock: You retain all copyright ownership to the content you submit. … You do not have to license your images exclusively through Shutterstock. This means you can also upload your content to other stock agencies or websites for licensing.

  • Is removing a watermark illegal?

It would be useless to do so, since you need to pay royalty to use them anyway, even if you have the image without watermark in your possession.

  • Is it free for sell stock images?

Yes. If a site ask you for money to sell your pictures, just go somewhere else. They should pay you, not the opposite.

  • How do I download stock pictures without a watermark?

    1. On paying sites: They will give you access to the images without copyright after the transaction is done.
    2. On free sites: You right-click on the image, and select “Save Image as”.. It will download on your computer.
  • Are Internet pictures public domain?

Unless specified so, No.

  • Are all pictures have copyrights?

Unless specified otherwise, they all belong to the person who took them.

  • Can you sell the same photo on different sites?

Yes, unless you signed an exclusivity agreement with one site.

  • What can I use instead of Adobe stock?

    1. Shutterstock.
    2. iStock.
    3. Storyblocks.
    4. PixaBay.
    5. 123RF.
    6. Depositphotos.
    7. Dreamstime.
    8. Alamy.
  • How long does it take to approve photos submissions?

On most sites, 1 to 5 days, depending on the number of files awaiting evaluation.

  • What type of photos sell best?

    1. Single Photos Sell Better than Group Shots. This one really surprised us. …
    2. Candid Photos Sell Better than Posed Shots. …
    3. Wide Shots Sell Better than Closeups. …
    4. Looking Away is Better than Facing the Camera. …
    5. Unidentified Subjects Sell Better.
  • How much do stock photographers make a year?

With 2000 very good images, you can earn between 10K to 100K.

The stock photo world has changed a lot in the last 10 years, it is much tougher now for photographers to make a good living. Too many agencies are lowering their prices to stay competitive, and giving lesser percentages to artists to just stay afloat. Futhermore, there’s a landslide of new digital artists who’s overflowing the market demand. Artist’s revenues are just going down year after year.


If you have other questions, you can submit them to us. We will review them, and if they fit, we will gladly add them to our list.


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