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Inmagine – Stock Imagery Provider

Posted on 20 April 2013 by admin

Inmagine boasts itself as the leading supplier and distributor of Royalty-Free digital stock photography.  With over 20 million imagery options across several industry known collections backed by support available in 15+ countries and 8 different languages, they may very well be right.  Of course, I did have to investigate to see exactly what someone will find behind this grandiose self-proclamation, and what I found what perhaps better than what I had anticipated.

Inmagine has imagery available in several different modes – Premium, ValueImages, Collections, and ValueCDs.  The Premium imagery options are enormous with many keyword searches resulting with hundreds of thousands of matches, and the range of variance amongst the results is quite impressive.  As one may expect, you will not find illustrations or low quality images in the Premium area.  If you are looking for a photo containing people of a particular ethnicity, then you should have no trouble sourcing one from Inmagine. The pricing for images found in the Premium area although the size options are generally better than many other stock photography sites.  For instance, some of the Premium images are offered at a size called  XXXL which equates to files sizes of approximately 300 MB.  These larger sized images are not typically available for instant download while the smaller file sizes (60 MB and below) are.

Inmagine’s ValueImages area is where you can purchase high resolution imagery for $10 each.  Inmagine tries to convince visitors that a $10 price tag is a great deal, but any frequenter of the big stock imagery provider sites can attest that there are several providers out there with comparable prices or even better.  A quick peek at the ValueImages inventory for business revealed that the this category library consists of about 50% illustrations and about 50% photography with the quality and uniqueness being average when compared with other options out there.  In fact, several of the images I found in the ValueImages section, I have seen for sale at other sites for lower costs.

Inmagine also has image collections from some of the most popular imagery providers like Corbis, for example.  The Corbis offerings are available as single image purchases and some are even available to purchase as topical collections like this one for Healthcare.    If you are looking for a library of topical/related photos, these collections could be great solutions at reasonable rates.  Many of the collections are available as downloads or can be mailed to you on a CD.  I assumed that the pricing for images from another stock imagery provider would be inflated here on Inmagine, but I was surprised to find the exact same rates for the exact same photograph on both Imagine and Corbis websites.

If the Inmagine collections are still too pricey for your budget, you may find their Value CDs as a great alternative.  These Value CDs are yet another low cost way to obtain a library of images pertaining to one particular topic at Inmagine, and most of these CDs are less than $100 to purchase.

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Quick Details

Selection: Large
Quality: High
Pricing:  Low – High
File Formats: multiple formats
Stock Image Type: RF, RM

Contact Info


315 Montgomery Street
Suite 818
San Francisco,  CA 94104
Toll Free: 1-800-810-3888
Fax: 1-866-998-8383

Aside from the multiple modes, collections, and categories of images available from Inmagine, they also provide a handful of other services for their customers.  Arguably the simplest yet most useful service of them all is the advanced search function which allows filtering of search results by orientation (portrait, landscape), format (photography, illustration), with or without people, camera direction, ethnicity, etc.  Using the advance search function will help you with the seemingly impossible task of sorting through 200,000 images on one topic to locate what you require.  And if you still can’t find the time to search through the libraries of images, then enlist one of Inmagine’s professionals to do free image research for you.  They deliver the results within one business day, and you can’t beat that price – FREE!

Inmagine Image Retouching - ApplesAnother service provided by Inmagine’s staff is image retouching.  They can enlarge images you purchase to even bigger sizes so your printer will not come back to you with requests for higher resolution files on your large printing projects.  The image retouching services can also take a ho-hum picture and make it amazing.  Check out what their team did with apples.

It appears that Inmagine does like to incentivize their customers and offer promotions occasionally as they were offering a free ipad mini when you spend $1500 on purchases from their site within a two month window (March 1 – April 30, 2013).  If you are a routine purchaser of stock imagery, you already know how quickly you can rack up a bill of $1500, so why not reap a benefit while you are at it?

Inmagine is on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest, but the content that they post to each of these places is the same.  A typical social media post for them is a link to one of their photos along with a short statement or quote that may or may not relate back to the item they are trying to sell.  They have taken some time to set up their Pinterest boards, although with their business being based around photographs and imagery, I am shocked that they only have 210 followers on this visual social media platform.

When I finally completed my research and review of Inmagine, I can admit that I was impressed with their wide range of options and extensive image libraries.  While there may be cheaper options out there for the standard stock images, I have yet to find a provider that covers the whole gamut from cheap to high-end as good as Inmagine does.  That coupled with the services they provide, plus their occasional promotions, makes Inmagine a must when you are sourcing stock images for your next project.

Our Search Testing Results

Our search for business returned 593,591 results
The relevance of those results was extremely high with nearly every option in the first few pages being exactly what I would expect when searching for an image pertaining to the keyword “business”.  It is also important to point out that all of the initial results of this search were from Inmagine’s Premium images.  There were another 10,000 options offered up under the  for ValueImages area.

Our search for business woman returned 224,252 results
As you may have guessed, the relevance of the results was extremely high all images listed on the first 5 pages.  They were exactly what I would expect when searching for an image pertaining to the keyword “business woman”.

Our search for meeting returned 60,394 results
The relevance of the results was extremely high for this search as well with each of the images being what I would expect when searching for a photo pertaining to the keyword “meeting”. In fact, I was quite pleased with the variance amongst the images in this search.  There were small meetings with 2-3 people as well as larger group sizes, plus even images for working lunch/dinner meetings.

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StockFreeImages – Stock Imagery Provider

Posted on 10 March 2013 by admin

StockFreeImages is a great free option for sourcing images to use for both personal and business uses.  This stock imagery site actually has hundreds of thousands of photos available at absolutely no cost.  Often times Royalty Free sites are mistakenly identified as free sites which is not a correct interpretation of the word “royalty free” (see this article for more information on royalty free images), but in the case of the StockFreeImages website, Royalty Free does translate to FREE to the end users.

The images at StockFreeImages can be used, modified, and edited to use on websites, advertisements, brochures, PowerPoint presentations, books, CD covers, computer applications, etc., and the rights you are given extend worldwide for an unlimited number of digital uses and products.  However, the license for printed use is 10,000 copies.  So, be smart on when and where you decide to use images from this site.

StockFreeImages screenshotQuick Details

Selection: Large
Quality: Medium
Pricing: Free (with credit & backlink)
File Formats: .jpg
Stock Image Type: RF

Contact Info

No contact information given except for an online form.


While the price at StockFreeImages is right for most frugal business owners, there is a catch.  When you use an image from StockFreeImages, you must provide author attribution and a link back to the site (when and where possible).  Depending on where you need photos and what your philosophy is for marketing, this catch may be simple to cope with and no problem to implement.  Plus, StockFreeImages does make it easy enough for you to include the appropriate credit where credit is due, by providing you with a cut and paste option with all of the pertinent details when you opt to download an image.  Here is an example of the notice:Stock Free Images credit warning and message

Another point worth mentioning is that you are not given options for file size and file format when you decide to download an image.  You are simply given one file, and most of the images are delivered in .jpg format.

My biggest problem with the StockFreeImages site is with the search result page.  Once you search for a keyword, you are presented with the search results page which as expected displays relevant photos.  The issue is that the very top line of the page lists photos and links to images found on Dreamstime (which is the parent company of StockFreeImages), and Dreamstime is a pay site.  So, basically if you do not pay close attention to where you are clicking or know how to discern the “Royalty Free Stock Images from Dreamstime” (pay site photos) from the “Free Images” (free site photos), then you can easily end up clicking on a link that will take you to a page where you must pay to download the photo you’ve selected.  Clearly they set the site up this way on purpose – to drive traffic and revenue to their pay site.  While I am not against driving traffic to your site or even the notion of making money by selling images, I am put off by unclear links that are obviously trying to trick the end users into visiting a site they are not actively engaging.

StockFreeImages is present on the popular social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  They seem to post links to new images and libraries every week or so, but no real discussions or interactive content is shared by the website.  The accounts they maintain across these platforms are relatively active and up-to-date; however, the content does not vary from platform to platform.  In fact, the content is exactly the same.  So, don’t bother connecting with them across all platforms.  It’s just not necessary.

All in all, it is easy to sign up for a StockFreeImages account, and it is easy to source a variety of images through their offering.  For bloggers and businesses looking for a quick, cheap solution for imagery on digital media, it really doesn’t get any less expensive or easy than StockFreeImages.  Just be sure to give credit to the author and steer clear of those “trick” links lest you could end up paying for your free selection.

Our Search Testing Results:

Our search for business returned 48,081 results
The relevance of those results was extremely good with every option in the first 5 pages of results being what I would expect when searching for an image pertaining to the keyword “business”.

Our search for business woman returned 11,849 results
Again, the relevance of the results was extremely good all images on the first 5 pages being exactly what I would expect when searching for an image pertaining to the keyword “business woman”. Most of the results were a bit posed or unnatural instead of images of a business woman in action or within a particular environment.  Nevertheless, the results were on target and did show appropriate results.

Our search for meeting returned 3,230 results
The relevance of the results was very good with about 9 out of every 10 images being what I would expect when searching for a photo pertaining to the keyword “meeting”. The results had a good mix of meeting related images including groups of people in meetings, meeting rooms and facilities, and graphics used to represent meetings.

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List of Stock Imagery Web Sites

Posted on 26 December 2012 by admin

Here is a list of Stock Imagery Web Sites we’ve compiled:
  1. Robert Harding World Imagery
  2. Sony Pictures Stock Footage
  3. StockFreeImages

** Please note that this is a list in progress which will be constantly updated as we review more and more stock imagery web.  Please contact us at admin@smartservicestrategies.com, if you have a specific stock imagery site that you would like to see listed on our site.

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