Sell Photos on Shutterstock


Its no wonder Shutterstock is one of the largest Stock photography Site to sell photos. But what makes Shutterstock great to sell your photos?

Well to sell a photo, our one of the main objective is to get downloads and here Shutterstock comes. I have tried several other platforms and uploaded the same photos on them however the downloads from Shutterstock was far greater than all the others combined together. Even some of my friends are struggling too on other platforms other than Shutterstock

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Headquartered in New York, Shutterstock is an American provider of stock photography, stock footage, stock music. Shutterstock, founded in 2003 by programmer and photographer Jon Oringer, maintains a library of about 200 million royalty-free stock images, vector graphics, and illustrations, with approximately 10 million video clips and music tracks for licensing. Originally a subscription platform only, in 2008, Shutterstock expanded into a la carte pricing outside subscriptions. Since 2012, it has been publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Steps to Sell Photos on Shutterstock

  1. Signup & Login to your Contributor account. Register here
  2. Go to ‘Upload images’

3. After clicking on Upload image, click on ‘Select multiple files’ or Drag & drop your files…If it is a Vector, you can upload its EPS file. Shutterstock previously asked both eps and jpg extension files to upload. The minimum file should be 4 megapixels.

4. Let the image upload

5. Click ‘next’

6. In the next step, fill out all the details i.e.,

6. a) Photo or Illustration

6. b) Select license type of the photo

  • Editorial photos- News-related story and not to sell or promote a product

For journalists and news outlets, editorial images are the most common. These images are typically taken in public locations, and typically include identifiable individuals and locations without the release of models or property. Description of Editorial photos should

  • Commercial Photos– sell or promote a product

6. c)Write description of the image

6.d)Choose Category of photo (one primary and another optional)

6.e)Add keywords (max.50). 25 suggestive keywords are usually provided by Shutterstock.

7. Click Submit

You are done!!!

Your photo is submitted for the review. You will receive a mail within 2 days about the confirmation (acceptance/ rejection) of your photo.

Shutterstock Rejection Reasons

Your photo might be rejected if it does not follow the quality standards by Shutterstock. You might receive a popup before submitting your next photo if your previous photo got rejected.

The common reasons for rejections on Shutterstock are:

  1. Focus: The main subject is out of focus or is not in focus due to camera shake, motion blur, overuse of noise reduction, or technical limitations of the equipment used (e.g. autofocus searching, camera sensor quality, etc)
  2. Noise / Artifacts: Content contains noise, film grain, compression artifacts, pixelation, and/or posterization that detracts from the main subject.
  3. Noise / Film Grain: Content contains chrominance noise, luminance noise, sharpening noise, or film grain that detracts from the main subject.

How much shutterstock pays to photographers?

Shutterstock pays a certain percentage on each Photo, Illustration and Graphics sold. The percent varies according to the different level of Image. The level of Image is decided by no. of times it got licensed. It means your earning rate increases as no. of times your content gets licensed

Earnings breakdown for photos, illustrations, and vectors

Earnings breakdown for photos, illustrations, and vectors
Earnings breakdown for photos, illustrations, and vectors on shutterstock

Earnings breakdown for videos

Earnings breakdown for videos on shutterstock
Earnings breakdown for videos on Shutterstock

How does Shutterstock work?

It acts as a medium that helps to meet buyers with Sellers and vice-versa. The mediums are Website and App where Sellers(Contributors) uploads their contents such as Images & Videos along with its keywords. Buyers search by those keywords in Shutterstock’s search bar. All the relevant contents appear which are associated with those keywords

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