Buy images and videos

From picture research to advice about releases, we´re here to help you get the best from our collection.

1 About our collection

If you're in the business of buying imagery – whether you're a global brand manager, picture buyer, procurement manager, or someone who just wants a great image, and you're looking for creative or editorial stock, live news or video, the chances are you'll find what you need in our collection.

We're not a company that likes to brag, but did you know we have over 53.50 million stock photos and 339,192 video clips? And with Alamy Live News, our contributors from all over the world can reach breaking news events other agencies just can't. How refreshing is that?

We've got the best creative and editorial imagery and video from around the world, sourced from over 600 agencies and a network of more than 30,000 individuals, from award winners to specialists in their field.

2 Our ethics

We do things differently at Alamy. We're very ethical – which means that we put Customer Service, that's looking after you, and philanthropy, looking after others, at the very heart of everything we do. And that's not bragging either – we really do that – read about it here.

3 Customers, Collection and Company ethos

That's in essence why people come to Alamy. They like our customer-centric approach, appreciate our vast collection of images and are reassured by our company ethos. It's simple and it works.

4 About licensing

If you are an experienced image buyer you might want to skip this bit – but if you're new to image buying, read on. In general, stock photography is sold in two formats, RM and RF.

RM stands for Rights Managed – flexible image licences that can be negotiated for a specific use in terms of where, when and for how long an image is being used. They also allow for exclusive rights which, for example, can be important for a high profile advertising campaign.

RF stands for Royalty Free – where you pay a one–off fee to use the image with no restrictions on the time span of the licence or the purpose of the image use.

Both models have merit and what you choose will depend on what you need the image for. We can help you make the right choice.

If you're buying video, it's pretty straightforward. There's one license type and some set package pricing available. If you have a very specific requirement, our team can help customize a rights and price package to help you get the best deal.

5 Getting permission

A model or property release is signed permission from an individual or owner of a property that allows the use of their likeness or property in a photograph or video to be used commercially. Releases generally don't allow uses that could be deemed to be controversial or defamatory. It is your responsibility to decide if a model and/or property release is necessary and appropriate for your intended image use.

But don't worry, it's not that difficult to do. Click here for more information or get in touch.

6 How to find what you´re looking for

Search the collection using keywords or use a researcher. For key accounts we provide a free, super fast research service and for others we recommend a number of suppliers offering this service. For some tricks of the trade and a list of research services, check out our picture research help page.

7 About image size and resolution

To check that the image you have chosen meets the needs of the job in hand you will need to take two factors relating to the final output into account:

  • the resolution or dpi
  • the dimensions

The dimensions indicate the size that your image will appear when printed, and the resolution indicates how much detail will be included in every inch printed. You can find out more here.

8 How to buy

You can do it all online or if it's easier you can call us. That way we can exactly match how you want to use your image or video to the right package, at the right price. For large corporate clients we can offer group deals and an exciting new service called Alamy iQ.

We can also give you access to hi–res files with no commitment to buy, so that you can see how things look in layout before making your final decision.

When you're ready, we can set you up with a corporate finance account or you can pay via credit card or PayPal – it's simple.

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