Find a stock photo of an owl in the Photos section of stock photography websites such as Shutterstock or iStock. Both sites feature more than 10,000 different owl images, as of March 2015. For royalty-free photos of owls, visit FreeDigitalPhotos or FreeImages.
Shutterstock and iStock sell stock photos of owls for a fee. Shutterstock offers different pricing levels for low, medium and high-resolution JPG images with a standard license. People who want to reproduce the owl photo on an item for sale must purchase a TIFF file with an extended license.
The licensing agreements and pricing scheme are different on iStock. For a owl photo with a standard license, the site charges a flat fee for all photo sizes, while the price varies by image. IStock offers a variety of extended license types, including a multi-seat (unlimited), items for resale (limited) and electronic items for resale (unlimited). The prices are equal for each license, but the amount of permitted uses vary by type.
People who want a free photo of an owl can visit FreeDigitalPhotos or FreeImages. FreeDigitalPhotos offers low-resolution photos for free, but customers must pay a small fee for higher-resolution images and extended licenses. FreeImages provides larger owl photos for free, but it requires users to ask permission from the photographer before using a photo on an item slated to be sold.