The pros:- the ability to access a variety of photos, without copyright issues for usage (literally 100 pages or more for each search!)
- photos have great resolution, colour, and clarity, and they are family-friendly, professional, and very conventional
- often, the photos are simple enough that they can be personalized with any photo editing program; some photos are merely templates just waiting for the customer to fill it up with personality
- customer is able to choose the size of the photo they want to download, with smaller photos costing less credits (maybe 2 - 6 credits) and larger photos costing more credits (maybe 10 - 20 credits)
- downloading is easy, because the site offers the customer the choice to download all photos using a zip archive which is then emailed to the customer for faster download (this is not available for videos, only photos and vectors)
The cons:- the subscription is too expensive for regular ol' Joes like me
- the customer must have a good idea of what he/she wants, because one has to search for the photo using the search bar using keywords (eg. "fish", "party", "summer", etc.)
- often, the photos appear to be obviously digitally altered or edited
- there are some repeats of images
- if one is looking for photos of real life celebrities or movies, books, and/or TV shows, search will come up with zilch; this is a stock photo site, not Google =.=
The bottom line:I would not recommend paying money for a subscription to Fotolia, but to stick with credits. I really enjoyed being able to browse for inspirational, amusing, and beautiful images (they are very professional! I loved what I downloaded, especially the photo of a bird's eye view of Shanghai!) and I would like to thank the Fotolia team once again for this opportunity to try out the site for no charge.
P.S. Guess what?