Fotolia Stock Photo Service Review

Photo Credit: Sample Image from Fotolia

You know what a stickler I am about the proper use of photos on blogs and websites. As a lawyer who has worked with clients to protect their images and use others’ images properly, I was very pleased when Fotolia contacted me to check out their stock photo service. I was provided with complimentary access for a month. You may have even noticed that for the last month the photos I’ve used have been a little different.

Fotolia offers exceptional quality images of just about anything. With nearly fifteen million images and HD videos available, finding just the right image for whatever you’re doing is easy. My problem was narrowing down the options.

As a royalty-free stock photo site, you just buy the image in the size you want for the purpose you need and you’re good to go. You can edit the image or create a derivative work and still be within your rights so long as you buy the correct type of image.

Fotolia charges you based on the size of the image. For the average blogger you’re probably looking at about $1-$3 per image. That may seem high, but for the peace of mind that you’re not risking your site being taken down it may be well worth it. For designers, the prices really can’t be beat. And for consultants and companies, the quality and cost is exceptional. With sizes ranging from 400×300 to over 15mp, there are photos for almost anything you would create.

When I was using the stock images, I credited each photo. The terms of Fotolia do not require attribution. I just felt it was a way to let you know where I got my images so I can be up front about the source.

If you’re looking for high quality stock images, look no further. I often use public domain or creative commons images, neither of which offer the versatility of stock photos. Fotolia has images for any type of post you may write, promotion you may be doing or design you are creating.

Check out Fotolia today. It’s free to join, you just pay for the images you want.

Disclosure:  Fotolia provided me with a one-month complimentary subscription to facilitate my review. I received no monetary compensation. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.