- Reviewed by
- Jane Sheeba
on December 3, 2013
So you have finally finished writing the latest addition to your blog. Now all that remains is to find some wonderful pictures to complement your article. You head over to Google and after a few clicks you have at your disposal hundreds of images to download and use.
However, do you know that, you can be breaking copyright laws if you use some of those images in your blog? Many images available on the internet are published under copyright. The owner, of those photos, is legally entitled to lodge a case of copyright infringement against you if you do not take his or her permission before using those photos.
In many cases, you may have to purchase those photos before using them. The only way out of this mess is to use images which are free from royalty payments.
Now, it is actually quite difficult to know whether you have a photo which is under the protection of copyright laws. This is where Depositphotos come into the picture (no pun intended).
What is Depositphotos?
Depositphotos is a stock photos agency which hosts a large number of photos and pictures. It was founded back in 2009 with its headquarters located at Florida, USA and is the fastest growing agency for stocking photos.
The agency has its presence in over 192 countries. The basic task of Depositphotos is to provide a platform for people to purchase and sell high quality photos and videos.
Highlights of Depositphotos
The search and filter options offered by Depositphotos is simply incredible. The search is very comprehensive and there are a number of filters to choose from. You can search by the colors of the photos, the orientation, and the size or even by the name of the contributor.
If these advanced options seem too much for you, then simply search via the keywords. Moreover, they have thousands of categories to choose from.
In order to get the best out of Depositphotos you need to subscribe to their plans. However, unlike other websites, the subscription plans of Depositphotos are flexible. It really makes no sense whatsoever to pay for millions of images when ultimately you are going to be using a few.
This has been taken into consideration by Depositphotos. They have three plans each of which suits a different clientele. There is a daily plan, which is perfect for those who need to download only a few images every day.
If you think that your needs tend to differ each day, then you should opt for the monthly plan. There is of course a limit to the number of images you can download each day or month.
However, the good news is that you yourself can select the limit and pay accordingly. You can also set the duration of the plan. If these plans are not good enough, there is a third option. It is simply, pay-as-you-go credits plan.
Here, you only pay for a number of credits. Using these credits you can download the images whenever you want and the number of images is limited to the amount of credits you have.
A point to note is that, each image costs a different amount and the minimum number of credits which can be purchased is 30. If you aren’t sure whether to invest or not, then there is a 7 day trial available.
Become a seller
A very cool feature of Depositphotos is the ability to sell your photos and images through them. There are three ways to earn money from Depositphotos. Firstly, there is the option to refer a photographer.
Each time the photographer’s images are bought, you will get $0.03. The second option is to refer a customer. When the person you referred makes a purchase from Depositphotos, you will get 15% of the sale value as commission.
The commission you get is calculated after the contributor’s fee is deducted from the cost of the files bought. The last option available is the contributor promotion program. Here, you can get paid for every image you upload or contribute but you have to get selected.
There are people monitoring the contributions made and the persons with the best contributions are eligible for this program. It does not matter, if you are not chosen at first. The program is a continuous one and you might get selected the next time if you keep up your regular contributions.
You will however be paid the standard rate of commission for each upload. There are also chances for promotion and your commission increases each time.
Easy Payment Options
In order to purchase items from Depositphotos, you do not need to hand over your credit card details. Depositphotos accepts payments from PayPal, Webmoney and Moneybookers. Thus, you do not need to worry about the security of your credit card details as you do not have to use it at all.
There is no doubt as to the usefulness of a stock image repository like Depositphotos. There are many professions which need stock photos at a short notice and it is not always possible to check for copyright issues.
Depositphotos removes that hassle forever. Moreover, Depositphotos also offers a wide range of stock vector images and videos. All the images they have are of the topmost quality and everyone can find something which fits their requirements.
Have you ever faced the need for stock photos but were unable to get good ones due to copyright issues? Do share your story with us.