Originally Posted by Daniella
I like morguefile too, but use istock photo a lot
- I want to know why getty charges so darn much for their images? I can see a lot for images of movie stars, but not regular images...just confuses me.
The reason for this is a photographer that's shooting for Getty etc will be trying to recoup the costs of model hire, location, lighting, probably some support staff, and all those hidden costs that are associated with photography. If you hire a photographer and model and go to the trouble of finding a location, getting permission to shoot there if required, hiring some extra equipment (maybe a power generator for example) you'd quickly spend thousands getting one or two shots...so the cost of using a stock image - even if it's £600-700 for many corporate budgets is simply a no-brainer.
Getty shots do tend to be of a certain calibre that the microstock sites simply struggle to match, that said there are some really good images on the likes of iStock etc etc, but the chances are if they're good, they've been used several times before by competitors...
Getty is good as well at niche images - things that are a little different and against the usual run-of-the-mill...like everything "you get what you pay for"