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Sports Stock Photography Offers You A Fast And Cost Efficient Way To Get Images For Your Publication

Sports stock photography is the easiest and most economical way to get the images you need for online and offline marketing and promotion.

In order to make the most of it and use it wisely you have to know what it is, what it is intended to be used for, and what types of rights you have over the images after purchase.

What is Stock Photography?

A stock photo is an image that a photographer has taken and placed for sale to anyone who needs it.

While assignment photography is taken at a photo shoot to capture specific images for a client's sole use, stock photography allows the photographer to take pictures of whatever they want and sell them to more than one person for a variety of different reasons.

For instance, sports stock photography would include images related to a wide variety of sports which could be purchased for use on the homepage of a website or even for print magazines or brochures.

With the boom of online marketing and blogging stock photography sites are popping up everywhere to give website designers and bloggers many options for designing their own sites.

Benefits of Stock Photos

The biggest benefit of sports stock images are that they are available right when you need them. You don't have to wait for a photographer to set up and shoot photos just for you and you also don't have the pay the high price associated with having a photographer do that.

You simply find the images that suit your purposes, learn about the rights and price for its use, and get your project completed fast.

You can find very high quality images available right now for a low price. Of course, those images are also available to your competitors unless you are able to work out a deal for exclusivity (which will of course cost you more).

Price of Stock Photos

If you were to use sports stock photos from an individual photographer you would likely have a price set according to what you want to do with it.

The wider your distribution and the longer period of time you want to use the image, the more you can expect to pay for it.

When you purchase sports stock photography online through stock photo websites you will often pay one price for online use and have the freedom to display it as long as you want.

This gives you the advantage of using a great sports photo until a competitor figures out where you got it, then you can pick something new and original to you.

No matter where you get it, stock photos are always going to be much cheaper than paying a photographer for assignment photos through a shoot set up just for you.

Stock Photography Rights

When purchasing stock photography from an individual photographer your price be based upon the length of your use and the project that it will be used for.

This can be very cheap to very expensive, depending on the size and scope of your project and how long you want to use the image.

When purchasing stock photos online for websites and blogs you have to check the rights given through the website or underneath each individual photo.

Some sites will have one set of rights that apply to all images for sale while other sites will allow photographers to see the rights and intended use guidelines for individual images.

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David Coote
Wedding Photographer
Northern Ireland