Depositphotos is a global stock photo resource that has been around since 2009. It has clients across almost 200 countries, supports 20 languages, and offers 140+ million options in online content. With reasonable pricing, subscription plans, and free files to boot, Depositphotos is certainly a good option to consider if you’re looking for royalty-free images. Plus, this service offers neat features like reverse image searching and Curated Collections. Let’s see what else this industry-leader has to offer.
Depositphotos works closely with photographers and illustrators to provide high-quality images and other content to its clients.
Depositphotos does a good job of keeping its content fresh. Every week, the service adds new images, so you aren’t constantly seeing the same things over and over again. The contributors are all talented designers and photographers, and since everything is royalty-free, you can get really good quality images and content without any fear of legal consequences.
Lots of stock photo services have a large library of stock photos. That’s nothing new. But what Depositphotos does particularly well is its focus on a niche requirement: editorial content. These images are geared specifically towards journalists, bloggers, and editors. They’re also well-suited to website owners. Depositphotos has a great selection of things like landmarks, symbols, people, events, latest news topics, and more.
Another neat feature Depositphotos offers consumers is the Curated Collection section. This library has hand-picked images relating to trending topics or popular selections. So, if you aren’t really sure what you want (or you know you want something relating to a current event), then this is a really convenient resource to have.
They say nothing in life is free, but whoever said that didn’t visit Depositphotos. That’s because this stock photo service actually offers a selection of files that are totally free. You can browse through the special library of photos, videos, and vectors, download the ones you like, and not pay a thing.
Why the unusual generosity on Depositphotos’ part? It’s really a sales tactic (guess nothing is TOTALLY free). Depositphotos gives you some images free to show you the high quality of its images. Once you see how nice these are, you’ll likely come back and purchase more images for a fee. It’s business, but getting something for nothing is still a good deal in our book.
Depositphotos has a huge library of images and footage. You can get:
- Royalty-free stock images
- High-definition footage
- Vector art
- Editorial and news images
There are more than 140 million options on the site, so get ready for some serious browsing time. Don’t worry, though, Depositphotos organizes the site according to popular categories, including animals, beauty and fashion, concepts, people, nature, and more. You can browse through an individual category if you aren’t sure exactly what you want and need some inspiration.
Alternatively, Depositphotos offers a good search feature that lets you type in a keyword and filter out the results. The coolest part of this functionality, though, is the image search. You can actually upload an image or paste in a URL to search to return even more accurate results.
There are more than 2.5 million video clips in the library available in various formats such as SD, HD, and Ultra HD formats. And you can download vectors in a range of formats, including PSD, EPS, and SVG.
Working with Depositphotos is a positively-rated experience from both the consumer and the contributor end. Contributors can easily upload, submit, and manage transactions quickly and directly via the Depositphotos network. What’s more, Depositphotos allows contributors to directly sell their creations on other websites for added profit.
In terms of the consumer end of things, Depositphotos is equally smooth. Here’s how it works:
- Browse through the Depositphotos website using the keyword search bar to find the file you are looking for.
- You can filter results based on things like file type, size, or contributor.
- You can also search using an image or a URL to reverse engineer the process.
- Once you find an image or content you like, you can purchase it.
- If you haven’t already, Depositphotos will prompt you to create an account. This takes less than five seconds, so go ahead.
- You’ll be asked to choose a plan and/or payment method (more on pricing and plans below).
- After you’ve confirmed your plan subscription, you can use the money in your account to pay for images you want.
- Download the image and use it freely.
Depositphotos has two separate pricing structures for its content: one for photos and vectors and another one for videos. At first glance, the pricing structure might be a bit confusing, but if you just think of the plans as two separate options, you should be fine. Here’s a break down to make it even clearer:
|Number of images
You can also buy the Flexible Plan. This costs $29 per month or $299 per year and gives you access to 30 hi-res photos and vectors each month. The good news about this plan is that unused downloads roll over to the next month, and if you want to buy more than 30 images in a particular month, the additional images are just $1 each.
Alternatively, you can purchase on-demand images. These are still packages that you pay for images in bulk, but it works with smaller amounts than subscriptions. On-demand options start at just 10 images that can be purchased for $49. As with the plans, the more images you buy, the less you pay per image (100 images is $299).
Videos have a slightly different pricing structure, which is based on the quality of video you’re looking for. Take a look at how much you’ll pay for various options:
|Number of Videos
||Ultra HD (4K)
Upping your video quality will increase the price per video, and buying in bulk will decrease it. Depositphotos doesn't have a free trial, but you can get free downloads on specified images and vectors.
All images and content on Depositphotos come with royalty-free licensing, so you can download and use them freely. If you want to use the images for more extensive purposes (for example, unlimited copies, resale, distribution, etc.), then you can purchase Extended licenses per image, too. Be forewarned, though; extended licenses can get expensive fast. So, make sure you need one before you go purchasing them.
Depositphotos has a lot of support options, something we like. You can reach a representative over the phone, via email, or with the live chat feature. There is also an FAQ section that really has all the troubleshooting answers you would need.
Depositphotos has been around for a decade now, and it has certainly proven itself to be a leader in the stock photo industry. With attention to smaller niche interests like editorial pieces and backgrounds, Depositphotos delivers a library of top-quality photos, illustrations, vectors, videos, and more.