This Scopio review will walk you through the details of Scop.io, the stock photography service I have been using for several months. Reviewing Scop.io (referred to from now on as “Scopio”) is a real pleasure because I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with this company and their service. Scopio is a growing library of beautiful royalty-free images which you can download and use for personal or commercial purposes.
I mostly use the pictures I download on social media and in blog posts, but with a commercial license there’s few limits on what you can do with them if you’re a little more creative. While there are plenty of free public domain images available on the web, using them makes your graphics much less unique. Scopio is still a relatively small service, and it offers so many photos that it’s unlikely you’ll use the same one in the same context as another customer.
In short, if you need high-quality images for social media, ad creation, or really any other reason, you should give Scopio a look!
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What is Scopio (Scop.io)
Scopio is a growing library of royalty-free images. These stock photographs are uploaded by paid users around the world, constantly updating Scopio’s collection.
Is Scopio Worth Buying
Yes, in my opinion Scopio is worth the money. The fact that their images don’t exist in any other databases is a huge advantage over many stock photograph services. Scopio can be particularly valuable if you need lots of pictures of people, landscapes, or architecture.
What Does Scopio Offer?
You can purchase individual photos from Scop.io if you want, but you can get much better value by opting for their unlimited monthly pass. There are no upsells/OTOs.
Individual photos can be as inexpensive as $10 for their standard (personal) license or as much as $100 or more for their extended (commercial) license. But for $29 per month you can get unlimited downloads of either license type. At the time that I’m writing this post there’s a 10% discount, and the company regularly runs special promotions.
What to Consider Before Investing in a Stock Photography Service
The biggest thing to consider before investing in Scopio is whether or not you need/will benefit from a growing library of high quality images. Here’s a few reasons why you might want to invest in this service:
- If you create a lot of visuals and find you always use the same images
- If you need to bring some life to your blog posts or YouTube thumbnails
- If you like using high-quality pictures for anything but aren’t a great photographer
All of the above describe me, which is why I’m so happy with this stock photo service. But I think even if one of those points applies to you, it’d be worth trying Scopio for a moth or two.
Scopio Pros and Cons
I struggled with this list because there honestly aren’t many cons, but nothing is perfect so I did find a few points to mention here.
- Lots of beautiful images
- Regularly updated
- Well laid out database
- Easy to search and find what you want
- Friendly and helpful staff
- Great overall value
- Some important areas (such as technology) seem underrepresented
- The library is still somewhat limited, so you can’t always find what you want
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do Scopio’s photos come from?
A: Scopio sources photos from photographers all over the world. Anyone can upload photos to Scopio, and if they are selected you get paid.
Q: Can I use Scopio’s photos for commercial purposes?
A: Yes, as long as you purchase either the extended license or the unlimited pass you may use Scoptio photos for commercial purpose.
Q: Can I resell Scopio photos?
A: No, you may not resell photos directly.
Scopio Demo and Walkthrough
Scop.io is simple and elegantly laid out, so it doesn’t require much of a walkthrough, but I still provide a full demo of the front and back end in this video.
Rounding Up My Scopio Review
This is one of the shortest reviews I’ve ever written, because Scopio is such a simple and effective service. You need stock photos? They’ve got stock photos. Beautiful ones, expertly curated and regularly updated.
I’ll be honest, when I first started using Scopio I thought I might end up switching because they do have certain limitations (such as tech photos, as I mentioned earlier). However I find that when you know how to use free/public domain stock photography in combination with a paid service, Scopio is a great tool. When Scopio doesn’t have exactly what I’m looking for, I can usually find something suitable from a free source such as Pexels or Pixabay.
The difference is I no longer rely on the free image sources for my stock photography. A high percentage of the photos I use on my blog only appear in a few other places around the web, and that adds a certain air of authenticity. Having access to Scopio also makes creating social media posts much easier and more interesting.
Overall, if you need quality stock photography and you can afford the price, Scopio is a wise investment.