Should You Pay For Car Pictures?

If you’ve ever spent time looking for car stock photos for your website, interactive, or print ads, you’ll notice there are a bunch of choices available. Paid services range from royalty-free to rights managed to extended license. Then there are the free sites, filled with images you can sift through and use at no cost.

2015 Ford C Max Titanium 5 Door Mini Mpv

2015 Ford C Max Titanium 5 Door Mini Mpv Angular Front three quarter view

What about the cost of your time and sanity? Not worth it, according to this article. Although it’s talking about the use of stock photography for online learning, many of the points apply to anyone who needs stock photos on a regular basis. The author starts out by acknowledging that those free services do have their place:

Free stock photos are great when you need images of scenic mountains or scanned photos of some ones great grandmother. Personally, I end up wasting a lot of time going through these sites looking for the right image. For busy designers with a reasonable budget and intense deadlines, I’ve found that purchasing stock photos and illustrations makes more sense.


Straight front view of 2014 Skoda YETI 5 Door SUV

The article then lists several reasons why it’s worth paying for your stock photos. First off, a good stock photo service will save you time, and if you’re like most people, your time is too valuable to waste scrolling through thousands of sub-par photographs. A paid service will provide you with a wider selection of high-quality images that fit your needs. And with more efficient searching and better service, you’ll save hours of precious time.

2014 Fiat 500L Trekking 5 Door Hatchback

Rear three quarter view of 2014 Fiat 500L Trekking 5 Door Hatchback

The licensing agreement for a reputable stock photo service will be clear and straightforward, so you won’t have to worry about copyright laws, restrictions and licenses. Photos on the free sites vary in terms of restrictions and requirements, so that you have to read the fine print for each and every photo you use. Aside from the headache, once again it goes back to saving you time.

Saving time means saving money, not to mention your sanity. If you need quality car stock photos contact us.

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