Stock photos of the American Bald Eagle appear on several online stock photography repositories, including Fotolia, Shutterstock, iStock and Getty Images. The aforementioned websites all offer a large selection of images of bald eagles in various poses and locations, and charge a fee for downloads.
Some fee-for-service stock photography websites offer subscriptions to high-volume buyers, providing an effective means for repeat customers to save money.
Many photography and photo-sharing websites allow users to download a limited number of images free of charge, including Google Images, Wikimedia Commons, Flickr, Photobucket and Free Images. However, there is no guarantee of finding a high-quality photo of the appropriate scale and resolution in a free online gallery. Fee-for-service stock photography sites typically offer the advantages of speed, high image quality and a broad selection of relatively low-circulation photos.
When trying to find free photos online, the user should pay careful attention to the type of licensing associated with each image. Licenses may place restrictions on the reuse of images, including prohibitions on any modifications of the original file and distribution for commercial purposes. The selection of Creative Commons images is substantial, but the task of locating a suitable photo this way is often time-consuming.