I’ve found an awesome sale on buying photos from one of the big stock photo websites, DepositPhotos.com. For only $39 you get credit to purchase 100 photos, with no expiration date on the credit.
This deal is via the daily deals website Appsumo.com. Scroll to the end of this article if you want to go straight to the link for the deal.
Is This Really a Good Deal?
The Short Answer: Yes.
The Long Answer: It’s complicated. Normally DepositPhotos.com offers access to their photos via on-demand downloads or subscription pricing.
From what I could figure out, the cheapest way of getting 100 photos is to use their month-to-month subscription for two months and then cancel your subscription. At $59/mth you would have spent $118.
Since most subscriptions auto-renew I suspect that you would need to remember to manually cancel once you got the 100 photos. Furthermore, this is still paying at least $61 more than the deal price.
On-demand downloads appear to cost $636 for 100 photos. That’s NOT a typo. For 100 photos purchased via on-demand the cheapest method I can figure out is to purchase 25 photos at a time for $159 each time.
Why Spend Anything?
Since one of my recent posts is about FREE Photo Resources you may be asking yourself “Why in the world would I ever pay money to get photos?”
Because sometimes you just can’t find what you want from the free sites, or, you don’t have the time to search them to find it.
Free Photo Resources Are Useful.
Here’s the featured image used on our home page, it’s a free photo:
The home page is titled “A Good Website Helps You…” “Grow” is the intended conclusion to the sentence. So, I knew I would put the word “Grow” on top of whatever image I chose.
But, why did I choose the image of a cornfield?
Essentially, the cornfield photo is the best I could find in the 20 minutes I had allocated to find the “perfect” photo using the FREE Photo Resources article.
Furthermore, I live in Eastern Iowa, where I swear you can hear the corn growing. I figured the cornfield photo would do the job and add a little local flavor to the message.
Efficiency and Effectiveness.
No disrespect meant to anyone, a photo of a cornfield isn’t really what I was looking for. I was simply searching for an image that would illustrate the concept of “growth”. For this article I tried using DepositPhotos.com to see what I could find there in the same time or less.
After about 10 minutes spent searching and previewing I had over a dozen photos selected. All of them were more in tune with my original concept and the three I liked the most are shown below.
In a nutshell, paid stock photo websites like DepositPhotos.com are often easier to search, have more selection, and help you to find a closer match to what you are looking for quicker than the free photo resources I’ve found to date.
If time is of the essence, or you just aren’t finding what you are looking for, a paid stock photo website is a great tool in your toolbox to have.
I purchased the Appsumo deal and got credit for 100 images for only $39. For me the main selling point was that I have as long as I want to use that credit up. It’s another tool in my toolbox, I can use it along with my Free Photo Resources to get my work done economically and efficiently.
Full Disclosure: As of the writing of this post, I’m down to only 97 images. I purchased the ones shown above for this article, at $.39 each it was a no-brainer. At this pace maybe I should buy another 100?
Here’s The Deal!
I have no idea how long this sale will last. Check it out here: http://www.appsumo.com/depositphotos-2016/
IMPORTANT NOTE: After landing on AppSumo.com you have to scroll down to see the actual deal. It isn’t obvious that there is even a deal on the page at first. AppSumo really wants you to sign up for their newsletter. Their signup form filled my screen “above the fold” and I had to scroll down to see the actual DepositPhotos.com deal info.
PS – I do NOT get anything for mentioning this deal. This is just me trying to be helpful. 🙂
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This article’s featured image – “Behind the Camera” – is a photo by Daniel Dionne.
Note: The image has been flipped horizontally from the original source.