Depositphotos is a stock photography website featuring royalty free photos, vectors and videos. Stock photography websites like this one offer you the chance to buy professional photos for a low price, all from a wide selection of different categories. Magazine editors (both online and printed), designers and marketing companies all use services like depositphotos to fulfill their graphical needs and finish the business without having the need to contact a photographer, film maker or graphics designers themselves. This cuts costs by a large margin, as depending on your needs, the files can be downloaded in different size and quality. Different sizes have different costs, meaning you can get yours for as much as $0,15 per image, but they offer free ones as well.
Types of Images Sold and Their Quality
Images sold are of commercial type, meaning no heavy interventions have been done with filters and during production, bringing just the natural quality of the image into the focus. Depositphotos features many categories ranging from abstract, People, Electronic Devices and Holiday themed, to some more specific ones like Celebrities, Architecture, Objects and Nature. There are 36 categories in total on Depositphotos, so surely everyone can find what they are looking for.
Depending on the quality of the image one is looking for, the price changes. This goes for image sizes as well, as the smaller sized images tend to have less detail than the larger ones. Sizes of the images vary from image to image, but all are categorized into: Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. Depositphotos does not only offer photographs, but also vectors and videos, as well as a special photography category called ”Editorial” photos, which are mostly used by journalists, editors, news, and similar agencies.
Photo image format is high-quality JPG, which means it is light, and will not take up much space. Natural quality and clarity of the image leaves enough space for re-editing it and changing it the way you want, so do not worry about it being in JPG format. Vectors are sold in JPG format, but can also be purchased in EPS vector format if you need to change or modify them. Videos are offered in MOV format and run at 24 frames per second. Images sold come either as a standard license ones, or extended license.
Image Search and Filters
Depositphotos search and file recognition works through the system of tags, where you put in words that reflect what you need. On the right side you can tick if you want to search All Images, or to narrow it down to just Photos, Vectors, Videos and there is also an Advanced Search option, offering ways precisely find what you need. Once you are shown the list of results, you can modify the display with filters and helpful tools. You can use filters to list the results as Best Matches, Best Sales, Newest First or Undiscovered. You can also change the settings, which will impact how many results will be shown per page, if you will see the name of the images, who is the contributor, if the Safe Search is on, and if you want to view images as small thumbnails, medium, same sized thumbnails, or the actual format and orientation of the image.
Subscription Plans and Price
The important thing to remember is that stock websites mostly charge you credit for buying their images and depositphotos is no exception. Value of 1 credit is 1$ if you buy without any subscription plan, but first you have to register for free and charge your account with credits. If you think you will use their services often, you can subscribe to one of their subscription plans among the three depositphotos offers:
1. Monthly Subscription* – gives you the chance to download 2, 50 or a 100 images during a month for as little as $1.38 per image.
2. Daily Subscription* – gives you the chance to download 5, 10 or 30 images per day for as little as $0.33 per image.
3. Pay as You Go – charges your account with any number of desired credits for as little as 0.99 per image.
*The first and second option lets you buy as much as the given values in 1, 6 or 12 months time.
Depositphotos offers a wide array of support, giving you the chance to contact them in any way you seem fit, or you are comfortable with. First off, you can use the default website contact form that you can fill out, attach a file if needed, and get a response over e-mail. If that is too slow, you can contact their support personnel over their non-stop live chat, where you can get your problems sorted while you are browsing the website, as soon as you encounter a problem. For those who want a more traditional approach, you can contact their operators over phone in over 14 countries, covering most used languages today. You can also find two addresses, for their headquarters in Florida, and a New York mailing address via the contacts page, if you feel the need to visit them or send a letter.