How to Save Big in Purchasing High Quality Authentic Stock Photos

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Ever wonder where those real authentic stock photos come from?

Pictures and graphics are one of the most important elements that a company uses to create brand awareness and communicate its message. The general term for these images is “stock photos” and the evolution of digital photography has caused a revolution within the stock photo industry.

How about those real authentic photos?

Authentic Stock Photography is the art of taking unique pictures simply to have ‘in stock’. You may want random pictures of things like the neighborhood where your business is located, the landmarks in the area, local bars or simply to accentuate an article. On account of this online demand for such photographs, the industry has really taken off.

So how does one get high-resolution authentic stock photo images for displays? Before the turn of the century, that is the year 1999, the world of stock photography was dominated by a few industry giants like Getty Images and Corbis and still today these two companies can supply you with just about anything.

What if there was a way to reduce that pricing to $5.00 per image?

Almost sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t.

Digital cameras and the Internet have completely revolutionized the way high-resolution images are being bought and sold and this new segment is called “Microstock”. Microstock photo websites are where individuals can buy and sell their high-quality images. The average consumer can easily purchase a professional level digital camera and with a little training can create all kinds of unique images to sell, especially when you use your photography skills along with the power of some photo editing software like PhotoShop. offers thousands of high-quality authentic Chicago stock photos for large, medium and small format printing purposes. These images are still “Royalty Free”, but “Extended” licenses are available when you print large quantities of brochures or other marketing materials.

If you purchased “Royalty Free” photos from one of the major industry websites then the photos in the design could easily range from $1980.00 – $3850.00. If you purchased “Rights Managed” photos you would spend $10,750.00 – $14,850.00.

This cost savings has gotten the attention of the “big guys” to the extent that iStockPhoto was recently purchased by Getty Images for $50 million dollars.

So if you need high-quality high-resolution photos for print or web marketing or any other large format printing job make sure to check out all of our options.

1 Comment
  1. Yolanda 8 months ago

    Ok cool! Finally a cool place to get local images of Chicago! I love your prices!

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