When it comes to free or paid stock photography, I can’t choose which one is best, but we can still give the obvious difference between free and paid stock photos.

So, first let’s look at PRICE

    • Free photography. Is it free for real? Before you commit to taking a free stock photograph, you should know what they are offering and what you will get out of it. The photos might be free, but they might have some usage restrictions, or maybe the paid side of the photos is way better.

  • Paid photography. Paid photography might be quite pricey. And when I mean pricey, I mean almost $500 or more for a license to use just a photo. I know it might sound very crazy to you that you have to pay $500 for a photo license. But in fact, it is very normal to pay such a pricey amount for a stock photo. Once you pay for a photo, you will be guaranteed that no one will be using that picture you paid for ever again. So, that is good!

Now, we have discussed what it costs let’s discuss the Rights and Permissions.

The truth is that if you didn’t photograph or take a photo yourself, you have not right to use that image. However, if the picture is sold out or given out for free, you can have the right to use the photo. But before you use any photo (free or paid), you should check the usage rights for the pictures. Else, you may have to pay much more money later.

So let’s talk about the Quality

I don’t think there is a quality difference between free and paid stock photos. I believe the difference depends on the skill of the photographers who took the pictures. And the quality depends on you and what you need.

Although paid stock photos offer a greater variety of photos in their selection, so you are more likely to find the right image for your business.

But if you are starting your business small, free stock photos are perfect options.

Now let’s talk about Size and Resolution

Most free images come in one size, and this might limit how you can use the photo. But paid stock photographs come in different sizes as you like. But you might have to pay a certain amount to get a higher and larger resolution photo.

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