Over 6 million images from over 200 photo agencies – and its constantly growing! Strandperle provides a huge selection of high-quality collections from the best photo agencies in the world, with a focus on European imagery. We have access to a large number of RF material, i.e. royalty free images. These are purchased once and can then be used anytime and anywhere. But a few high-quality licensed collections are also included for when it needs to be something exclusive. And we are happy to obtain anything that you can't find on our site, whether this is a special archive or from one of the many microstock agencies. So that you can obtain everything you need from a single call and a single source!
Royalty free (RF) images
All of Europe's most important photo agencies are included. Whether Ojo or Image Source from England, Johner und Maskot from Sweden, Photo Alto and Onoky from France or Westend61 and fStop from Germany. And, in addition to the famous, larger photo agencies, we also have a number of creative newcomers and niche providers. What exactly is RF? RF stands for Royalty Free and means: you can use the image without restriction, regardless of the number of times it is used, in which media and the number of copies published. The term is confusing and technically incorrect as you obviously purchase a licence when buying this kind of image, but it is free of usage information. The key benefit of these kinds of images is the relatively straightforward use in the field of advertising as it can be used time and again after it has been purchased. So the motif does not have to be relicensed if the customer wants to then use the motif with additional media. But: these images cannot be exclusively purchased, so competitors may be on air with the same images.
Rights Managed images
Our platform also contains a number of small, beautiful collections for special projects, which can be licensed according to their use. Whether for a limited edition customer magazine or as an exclusive cover page motif. For example, the travel images from Robert Harding or Prisma are available on our site as well as the architecture archive from Space and Novarc Images or the nature images from Alaska Stock and FLPA or the automotive specialist Drive Images. And what does RM stand for? It stands for rights managed, which means: the price for the image is calculated based on various factors, such as the area of distribution, number of copies published, imaging size or type of medium. The pricing for German photo agencies is generally based on the MFM (Mittelstandsgemeinschaft Foto-Marketing), otherwise the photo agency individually calculates the price for the image. The advantage of this type of licensing: you can exclusively purchase an image for a certain period, for a certain area of distribution and for a certain sector, while the price obviously increases significantly depending on the restrictions.
This includes all photo agencies (or more appropriately image platforms) that only sell their material online without offering any services. They sell their material extremely cheaply and do not produce any themselves; they are predominantly stocked by hobby as well as professional photographers. Renowned major microstock agencies are iStockphoto, Fotolia and Shutterstock. We are also happy to provide support for these kinds of photos, whether for research, calculation or purchase. To briefly explain the term: the word microstock comes from micropayment, which means an extremely low price. These agencies provide photos that generally cost between one and 100 euros and which are purchased with so-called credits. In general, a single license is purchased whose use may be restricted in accordance with the terms and conditions, whether this relates to the frequency of use, the number of copies published or even the number of users (e.g. multi-user license for an image database). And this is not the only significant difference in the terms and conditions, which is why it is important to know exactly what you are buying and which kind of use this is related to. From a commercial perspective, the use of microstock images is particularly advisable as a cost-effective "filler material" for extensive projects, however it is generally not recommended for larger campaigns.