iStock – A Review

iStock has over 8 million images which also includes photos, illustrations, audio, vectors and video. iStock keeps a tab on what is trending and brief its contributors to ensure that the unique image that it gets is exactly what the customers require. This gives an idea to photographers to judge how to sell photos online according to people’s taste and need.

iStock has a great keyword-driven search within their website which will help in finding the right photo for you very simple. The search is offered on their own database and has controlled vocabulary which they use.

There is also an Auto-suggest feature that appears whenever you start typing about the image you are looking for, and a search bar will automatically populate the various suggestions for you to try. You can always modify the order of your results.

One thing that should be noted that most relevant results are displayed first by default. You can also sort the results according to popularity or newness. Also, you can search by collection, people, license, composition. There is exists a handy color chart which will show you images that are relevant to any color you require.

Collections and purchasing methods

Talking about purchasing methods on iStock, it has two methods: Buying with Credits or a Subscription. The images are then broken into Essential and Subscription collections. The Essential Collection keeps millions of the everyday content one may require while the Signature Collection holds over 8 million hand-picked images, video, music, and illustrations from their most talented contributors.

It accepts payment via PayPal, Visa, American Express and MasterCard.

Buy Credits or subscribe to their Subscriptions

There are two ways for making payment for content on iStock: Credits and Subscriptions. Credits offer a great deal of flexibility where 1 credit is worth 1 Essential Image, whereas 3 credits worth 1 Signature Image. A single Credit pack can easily be purchased for mere $12.

Subscription offer helps in more savings with quality images as low as $0.22. Subscription may last for a month or for a year. Monthly subscriptions generally start at 10 per month, and the yearly subscriptions generally start at 50 with larger subscription packages which offer increasingly good savings.

So, with this, we end our review of iStock website. Hope you find this helpful. Don’t forget to leave your suggestions and experience in the comment section below.

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