Hello everyone, I want to talk about earnings on Shutterstock. I will tell you what it is and how to create a source of stable and legal income based on it. Don’t worry, I will publish a post about filling out a tax return later. The basis of this article is a paid course of a person who successfully earns on photos’ sales around the world. I want to complete this course with you. Here you will see a step-by-step guide from registering on the platform to passing the exams, and also learn how to create pictures for sale.
How It Work And What Are Stocks?
Stocks are special internet shops, on the virtual shelves of which are millions of images, videos, and photos. The basic earning idea is that even very simple pictures can be sold here. The cost of earnings from one sale is $0.2-3, but there can be a lot of such sales, which will allow you to earn more than a thousand dollars on one successful picture.
By the way, Shutterstock is an American platform and to register here you will need a boarding pass if you are not a citizen of the United States. I will try to create detailed instructions. Write below or PM if you are interested in this topic and if you want to try it with me. Let's self-develop together and compete in the results achieved.
Stock Photos, Royalty Free Images, Vectors, Footage | Depositphotos — young platform with aggressive policy to lure photographers from other stocks. After registering for any of the above stocks you can receive an attractive offer in personal messages. The project team may sort all of your photos into the necessary categories, and you will only have to upload them.
All these platforms have a similar design and give the opportunity to earn even a novice photographer. Many other similar platforms are less popular. You can work with them after 1-2 months of starting work with the list provided.
I will start with Shutterstock to build a portfolio. After that, we can use special programs for batch work with images. I also recommend you start with this most promising photostock.
Visit the listed sites;
Set one query in the search and look at their search results. For example — apple, chamomile, white cat.
The main rule of successful sales is an understand your customers. You need to know how they can find, choose and buy your photos.
A first thing that the buyer sees on the main page of a site is a search field. Here you can search for a specific request, as well as in a specific category. We will work with the categories of Photographs and Illustrations.
The buyer can edit each purchased image directly on the site — flip, cut, change sides or sizes.
The menu of collections is constantly updated, often with seasonal or trendy collections of pictures.
Free images are available for registered users. The platform buys them from the authors. So, authors get nothing for downloads, but their nickname and portfolio are displayed on the main page. The dream of each author is to see his works in this section.
Test: First Request
Enter any request, for example, Winter. 11430800 images available now. The user sees top-100 photos by popular request, so our task will be to get here. A lot of factors affect the place of the photo, one of the most significant is the number of sales and saving to a lightbox piggy bank.
If the buyer doesn’t find the desired image on 1-2 pages, he will most likely clarify his request. For example, Winter Events for this request contains 627200 photos.
At the same time, somewhere on the 100 thousandth page, you will see pictures in the key queries of which the word Winter is found, but they don’t correspond to either mass taste or request. Mass taste is bright pictures, with one main object in the image, answer a specific question.
The buyer can also set other criteria: freshness, relevance, horizontal position.
The user cannot buy only 1 photo. The minimum package consists of 5 pieces. In this case, the price for the image will be about 10 dollars. With a yearly subscription, he can reduce the price to 27 cents.
Another Successful Photographer Rule
Users need to get into the habit of:
Browsing tops for different requests,
Look for uncomplicated photos,
Save them in a separate folder and
Pay attention to the world around you and its reflection in Shutterstock.
Why Not Be Afraid
You have to forget about the fear that photos may get lost on the platform. There is a huge demand here, a lot of pictures are sold.
Imagine yourself as a shopper and explore the Shutterstock pages from this point of view.
Check out image tops for popular searches. Find the common features of photos.
Find short news about investing on any site and pick up your pictures to them (you can also look in the general search). If you some time, post such news + photos on HYIP.com.
We offer to register via our referral link so that we receive a profit from each photo you sell within 2 years from the date of registration. If you want to remain this money for owners of Shutterstock, you can register via the usual link.
Step 1: Tap Get Started.
Step 2: Enter your real full name, choose your username (can be changed in the future), e-mail, password and accept service rules.
Step 3: Check email and click at the link in new letter to verify account.
Step 4: Tap Next
Step 5: Fill a profile with a real info and accept that mailing and residential addresses are similar.
Step 6: Fill out a tax return. Tap Continue. Check the correctness of the filled fields, indicate your full name in the bottom line as a digital signature.
Let's fast look at the cabinet interface. At the top right is the name of the author. An additional menu appears, when the user moves the cursor over the name.
The third line contains Support Center. Here is all the information about working on Shutterstock.
On the menu Account Settings user can change Email, Password, Display name, Phone number. Here, in Payout information section user can see withdrawal methods: Payoneer, PayPal, Skrill. Minimal payout is $35 and maximum is $2000. Payouts are automatically calculated at the end of the month and paid up to 15th. I choose PayPal and enter my PayPal email in the field below. User need to choose payout method and tap Save Settings below.
He will not receive money until he collects the minimum amount. There is another limitation — the user cannot withdraw money from this service within 3 months from the date of registration.
In the Public Information menu, user can upload his photos, change the Display Name, get a link to portfolio, add a link to own website, information about himself, links to social networks, author type (Photorgapher), style of work that he publish, equipment. This section doesn’t affect sales. It is needed for directly work with buyers. Fill out the information here isn’t necessary.
User can upload images and videos through the Upload menu. A new user immediately receives a warning from the system.
No need to upload pictures yet. Registration is completed, now we will continue to learn interface and the nuances of working with this service.
I propose to learn in more detail the workplace of the author. The Shutterstock contributor logo leads to the main page of the account. In the Latest downloads section, the author sees from which region and which photos people buy his photos (the last 4-10 sales). If the region of the buyer is not defined, the picture is displayed in the center. Unpaid Earnings displays the number of sales for the month.
You can view statistics on income and payments for any month in the Earnings menu. All info can be downloaded as a table.
In the Portfolio menu, you can upload your photos. After downloading, pictures are not automatically sent for review but are sent to the server. The user can send them for verification through the Submit Content menu.
In this menu, Approval Photos, you can also view the status of images sent for verification. Here an important section is Rejected Photos. And he posted photos and the reasons for which they did not pass the test. If the user corrects the errors, he will be able to re-send the pictures for verification.
In the section Catalog Manager, the author is more time. This is a tool for working with a portfolio, its organizer. Here it is convenient to create sets of works, as well as see how much money the highlighted images have brought. The number of sets is not limited. The author sees the effectiveness of photographs of a particular subject. This section is useful to the user when his portfolio gets more than 200-300 works.
The Manage releases menu contains photos of models with their data: age, nation, gender.
Keyword Suggestions is a keyword selection tool. They are needed for the compilation of tags, titles, descriptions of photos.
In this section, the user can get acquainted with the current rules of the referral program, get a referral link, banners.
In this section, which is actually a copy of the Catalog Manager tool, the author also sees by what keywords the buyer has found the photo.
Below the menu links to the forum and blog service, its news. I advise reading these sections regularly.
This is where the entire load takes place. Authors can also upload via FTP, I will describe this method below.
Now you got a complete picture of the office of the author. I will not analyze the work of the Shutterstock mobile app for authors — it will not be needed at an early stage.
The most interesting and useful part — equipment and software.
Photographers often argue about what is best for Canon or Nikon. I personally prefer Sony cameras. It is Sony that produces optical sights for sniper rifles. Every photographer who makes photos is a little sniper)
In fact, a beginner can use the camera of an ordinary smartphone or a simple camera to work on Shutterstock. Photostocks have technical requirements for the resolution and quality of photos. We will review them later. The main thing is that the file meets the requirements (for administrators) and embodies an interesting idea (for buyers). It doesn’t matter how the photographer photographed it. Even exist photostocks that are designed to download photos from your smartphone.
Use what you have or buy a camera you can afford and let’s get started soon.
Computer or Laptop
You will need a computer for comfortable photo processing and uploading to the site. The more powerful the processor, the more RAM, the better. The video card doesn’t affect the work of photo processing programs. Just check the modern requirements of Photoshop and your computer.
Monitor. The main things for the monitor when processing photos are a resolution, IPS matrix.
Multiple cards up to 32 GB for the temporary storage of photos created.
Technique: A Look at The Future
Storage for originals created photos. If you choose a budget laptop, pay attention to models with an empty slot in place of the drive and the ability to later install an additional hard drive or SSD here. Also, a great option is an external hard drive.
SSD to speed up the system when working with the software.
Photoshop is a program for professional photo processing. It’s better to start learning it right away than to start with a simple Lightroom, and then relearn it to Photoshop.
This is the minimum required to get started, so download Photoshop if you don’t already have it and read the following article.
Downloaded photos are checked by inspectors. They have a long list of requirements, and if the picture doesn’t match at least one of them, inspectors will not publish it. In the future, the photographer will be able to correct errors and re-send for verification. Now we will look at how to get a photo approved. You can create a checklist in notepad.
Edit – Color Settings
— Working Spaces — sRGB IEC61966-2.1 — OK
Classical Proportion 2:3, 1:1
If your photo has other proportions, you need to change them with the Crop tool (C).
Right mouse button — Crop
Size Photos: 4–12 MP
The minimum size of the picture is 4 MP. It is advisable to use a size of 6 MP, in the future to place your photos on photostocks with higher requirements. More than 12 MP doesn’t need to be loaded since the sharpness of the image is usually lost and the duration of its processing increases.
You should not stretch or enlarge the Photo. You can only compress it for sharpening.
Noise should not be present in the photo. To keep it to a minimum, in the camera settings, set the ISO parameter to the size of 100. You cannot set this parameter automatic.
Unfortunately, the ISO parameter has disadvantages when shooting:
Impossible to photograph without lighting — in a room or in cloudy weather;
There is a need for a tripod as the photo becomes blurred.
It is necessary to monitor the color temperature of the image. If you intentionally break it, in tags specify Instagram, toning.
If you don’t follow these simple rules, your account will be blocked forever, you will not receive a reward and you will not be able to publish photos under the same name here:
Any copyright infringement (direct use of someone else’s photos). But you can use other people's ideas;
Spam in the description — the repeat of one word more than once;
Lack of releases for commercial photos. For commercial use, photographers remove all company logos or obtain permissions from models and companies. Non-commercial photos can also be sold, but the demand for them is lower.
A photographer can do anything with commercial photos — color correction, cropping, creating the new reality on the picture, for example, any photo collage, any Photoshop editing, and transformation. He can make any changes, as long as it meets the needs of the market.
The photographer can use only own photos. He should be ready at any time to show the Shutterstock administration the origin files, so it is important to store all the work files on a flash drive or a separate hard drive. The photographer must add releases to any inscriptions by hand, drawings.
Always Store Original Files!
The Shutterstock often causes discussions between the authors about who first uploaded the photo. In this case, it is enough to submit the original to the inspectors to prove the right to authorship.
Attitude to Logos
The platform prohibits the use of objects protected by copyright. Photoshop is a tool for getting rid of unnecessary inscriptions, logos, brand images. Any inscriptions in a specific language make photography not universal and limit the audience purchase. The photographer makes sure that the clothes of the models are as monotonous as possible because a small recognizable pattern can cause a failure to publish a photo. Otherwise, all this will need to be removed using the Photoshop tool Stamp Tool.
The user can also remove from the image all the excess that doesn’t correspond to the main idea of the image, distracts from her attention.
The photo bank doesn’t prohibit to borrow the ideas, so the photographer can take photographs on popular subjects, add their own ideas to the content. But experienced photographers recommend finding your own way.
If two or more photographers participate in the photographing process, the model must sign a release with each of them. Everyone can sell their photos, the main thing is that they don’t copy one another.
Sometimes the platform creates a lot of rules that often change, that it is impossible to follow everything. If the author is banned, he cannot register a new account at the same name. To get around this restriction, he can register an account for a friend and continue working, receiving money in his name. In this case, he doesn’t need to upload old photos — the photobank stores information about all the loaded earlier pictures.
If Successful Photography Doesn’t Follow the Rules
Each photographer has a folder with such photos. The rules are constantly changing, so after a while, Shutterstock can accept it.
Let’s talk about restrictions and recommendations about photos. Firstly, the commercial pics accept any changes as total transformation, not any color grading or cropping. It means that shutterstocker can create any collage, any montage, any changes. He can create from the pic anything according to the market requests. Look at this Photoshop work.
Copyright Release Proof
I remind that all used photos need to be yours. Even if you create some handwritten lettering, you need to add release on this pic, it means approve that this is your photo.
The deep photo processing is a popular thing, so you must boldly transform of pics’ reality. You can decorate this reality on your own taste.
Firstly, you need to delete all of the copyrighted objects from the pic. You must delete all inscriptions, signs, logotypes using Photoshop.
Always check the results of your photography carefully. Sometimes, the logotype can very nice to appear in the photo’s background. This mistake can become a cause for refusal to accept your pic for selling.
Carefully check the models’ clothes! Take as neutral as possible clothes — without logotypes, especially shorts, without patterns and inscriptions. I know the situation when a Shutterstock administration declines the photo because of little the inscription on a T-shirt button. Who can imagine that they pay attention to this! You need to pay attention to this — little logotype on button, glasses, clock. Photographs need either avoid it during photography or delete using Photoshop later.
Logotypes deleting process is useful for creating universal photos. If we have a pic with English the inscription, we restrict an opportunity of its use. This pic can show only English or American ambiance. If we will delete this the inscription, then we can use this photo for illustration a new from any geographical region.
For example, this pic with people and a car created in Tbilisi. How do we understand that this pic was created there? We check car number, which shows Explicit affiliation to Georgia, Tbilisi.
How to Delete Useless Elements Without Photo’s Destruction
I recommend delete both the brand and car number in this case. We have a wonderful tool for it. A Spot Healing Brush Tool very easy delete the useless element.
We deleting inscriptions, logotypes. We also can delete wire reflection, which distracts attention from a center object. It is also the case why we deleting car number — the car is not the main element. The perception of the pic is independent of it.
Maybe the auto bottom becomes not very natural, but you don’t need to pay attention to it now. We got rid of the binding to the geographical region that is a great good pic side.
A Hard Pic
Let’s see at more complex case. For example, sportsman’s photos.
They have a huge amount of different inscriptions on their clothes. We accurately use the Spot Healing Brush or Clone Stamp Tool again. We also can copy neighboring elements to paste.
Even socks have inscriptions on this pic! All inscriptions must be deleted. It is a real nightmare. You need to work with this photo only it can create a huge profit. For example, if such a pic is a hit.
After deleting all the logotypes, we receive a total commercial pic. We need only crop, combine, tint… and all be okay.
Stop-Words For Photo’s Description
Here is a huge list of forbidden words, which must be never used for description. For example, this photo with a beard and machine cannot pass a moderation if the photographer uses a forbidden terrorist tag in description. But if he takes away this word, his photos will be approving. I create a separate article about the right choice of keywords and see different options.
You just must understand now that using some keywords is forbidden.
It’s all about terrorism and extremism.
It’s all about brands.
It’s all about porn, sex, other kids’ collocations.
It’s all about prohibited items.
Remember, that we talk only about keywords, not about the photo plot.
Exceptions to the Rules
Shutterstock varies according to customers ’needs and current rules. Some pics which was added up to making new rules stay in the window. Or some of the inspectors made a mistake and miss some pic. You must understand that all the rules have exceptions.
For example, an author of the pic from the past can use a sex kid tag using a note about same-sex family, so the inspector accepted the pic with the wrong sex kid tag.
It means that if you want to publish some pic, you just need the right tags or write a full description. Anyway, it is better to work with your own area within the basic requirements of the platform.
The Shutterstock as a live organism that constantly changes its rules. For example, users can load editorial, logotypes, editorial pics earlier. Then the administration suddenly stop accepted it. Then they banned logotypes pics if the logos were a central object of the pic. Then they canceled this ban. The same situation with carpets - it will be often approved earlier, then they stopped accepting carpets, even as editorial. The administration starts to accept pictures on fabric only with the release, which was difficult for the author.
You need always to try. Today these rules, tomorrow another. If you cannot load some pics today — you can try to do it later. Add it to stocks and try to load after a few months.
What is Not A Copyright Infringement
As I write earlier, a favor of the idea is not a plagiarism. You can take a pic idea from the Shutterstock top. It will be useful for training your skills at the base stage. Of course, you need to find your own way, ideas, icing on the cakes later. Copy and paste is only one of the learning steps.
If you take a photo together with other Shutterstock photographers:
A model need to sign a release with every photographer;
Copyright belongs to every photographer, even if eleven photographers take pics on one camera. The main thing is not adding one photo in different portfolios. In this case, both photographers will be banned. They need just shared your photos between all members.
Sometimes one author creates multiple accounts using data of his friends or strangers. As you understand, Shutterstock cannot follow all authors, so if the photographer is neat — doesn’t mix photos, loads different content in different accounts — the platform cannot claim nothing from these users.
Even if some user wants to talk about such authors to administration, the author easy can give poofs that his aunt, in which registered other account is also the photograph. Her 80 years’ age means nothing because the platform doesn’t forbid participate of 80-year-old peoples here.
No, I don’t agitate to create multiple accounts. Just take a mind, that you can continue work on the platform even if your account will be banned for any reason. You just need to use another name. In this case, never load old photos in a new account. The Shutterstock saving info about all pics which was loaded. If some of these photos will be added to the new account, this new one can be banned. Follow your portfolio!
I also recommend saving all originals in hard drive. It can help win discusses between authors about photo’s start poster, which occur regularly. Just send this pic to inspectors in that case.
Photographer job means not only travels, meeting models, counting money. He works hard on photos naming every day. This means he gives origin names to every pic and a set of keywords. Naming is the main thing for going to the top with some searching request. The most popular photos go to the top listing and are showing in the upper part of the searching query. The pic cannot be I placed at the top if it has bad attributes. But if the user can fast and often find your photo, this gives a ticket to the top.
Photographers must be responsible for forgiving attributes to photo. For example, the pic with the good attributes has a description — a short sentence describing what I can say in this photo, title, the key words set which are translated automatically by Shutterstock in different languages.
How to Add Attributes For The Pic in Shutterstock
Press an Upload button and choose the needed files on hard drive.
Press the Next button after the pic was uploaded.
In the Editing page, we need to enter description, title, keywords.
Choose the categories and send it for moderation.
How to Simple Fill Attributive Forms
Description: you need to say about the main idea of the photo in one sentence.
For example, a pic when two of an ordinary girl sitting on the edge of the yacht on the high seas and enjoy the mountain scenery.
Abstract picture of the opened investors’ notebook with programs and trending charts.
Keywords: The Shutterstock offers a useful service for free taking key words. You can find it in tabs: «Portfolio»-«Keyword Suggest».
Another option for choosing keywords is using Suggest Keywords below the pic. The system will find a similar photo with similar keywords. Then you need just pick a similar with the same idea pics and tap Get Key Word button. Be careful! You need to delete some of those words, which are useless for this pic. Then the platform offers other keywords, and you again need to choose some of them using the Add Keywords button. Chosen keywords will move in the right area.
You can also add the needed keyword manually. Next, we select one or more categories. Attention! Shutterstock will recommend sending the photo for review through the Submit for Review button. I highly recommend using another method.
Don’t Upload Photos Using Shutterstock Recommendations
If the picture violates the rules of the photo stock, the photographer will redo it and upload it again. He will have to write the title and description again, select keywords. And if the picture is not accepted again? And when the photographer decides to upload the picture to another stock?
A photographer can save the necessary for this process information in metadata. It is information that determines the properties of the photo: when the picture was created, used camera, used lens, settings. We can add a description and keywords. This data is stored in a file permanently. All the necessary words and phrases from the metadata file are placed in the correct fields when uploading the file to the ShutterStock website.
Add a few keywords, descriptions to the metadata of the picture. Upload a picture to Shutterstock. All data will be uploaded to the page automatically. You just select the categories, attach Releases and submit for processing through the Submit for Review button.
This method also works on other drains. A photographer saves a lot of time in the future when he scales his income.
Licensed Photoshop opens access to Adobe Bridge. This is a tool for filling image metadata. Metadata is data that is embedded in a file — description, keywords — and is automatically recognized by photo stocks. The program allows you to add the same description and keywords for different pictures at the same time.
To optimize and speed up the attribution of files, the photographer must accumulate thematic images and attribute them by topic. When working with the model, the photostocker doesn’t only deal with the portrait but also photographs elements of clothing, hands, fingers, lips, hair, gestures. He should put these pictures in different folders for group attribution.
It is better to add attribution is better before image editing. After that, he will mark all the pictures in the folder through the program Adobe Bridge and give everyone the main keywords.
The photographer must remember about the commercial potential of the picture. The more time it takes to process the photo, the less profit the photographer will receive. It should automate the process of processing photos as much as possible.
To add the name of the photo, it is better to use only the description field and keywords. It allows you to place 200 characters. We ignore all other fields.
Keyword Generating Services
Adobe Bridge allows you to create groups of keywords and later add them to photo groups. But if a photographer works in different genres, there will be a lot of keyword groups. A faster and more convenient way is to manually fill in keywords.
To select keywords, you can use the SHUTTERSTOCK contributor service:
The font height and thickness of the keywords depends on their frequency. The user clicks on the word to add it to the Keyword List.
The number of selected keywords is also displayed and should not exceed 50 because the ShutterStock doesn’t accept more than 50 keywords. If the user adds more than 50 keywords, he will have to manually delete the excess keywords.
The photostocker first selects 20 keywords for all the pictures in the thematic folder, and then the remaining 30 words for the rest of the pictures in similar categories.
After the keywords, the photographer likewise adds description headers to the photos.
If the photographer needs to add a new keyword to the attributed photos, he simply adds it to the search on the Keywords on the Adobe Bridge tab.
Customers are looking for pictures on Shutterstock using keywords. The title and description of the image also help them find photos.
The maximum number of keywords for this platform is 50, the minimum is 7. The maximum title length is 60 symbols. The description limit is 200 characters.
The goal of the photostocker is to optimally attribute the image using the title, description, keywords. This will help buyers find photos not only on the Shutterstock platform but also in search engines like Google.
Shutterstock supports different titles. For example:
top view of red ribbon with star shape bow isolated on white
Christmas candies and mini marshmallows on blue background. candy shapes, candy cane. Flat lay, top view. Copy space
All Shutterstock recommendations and lessons say that the title should answer the question
what or who, where, what, what does?
I recommend firstly describing all the pictures using this formula.
Most stockers make titles this way. The question is who? A group of girls. Which one? Happy, young. What are they doing? Dangling feet in the water. Where? On the beach. When? Have a wonderful summer. The user answered all the questions, so he received the correct title.
On the other hand, the top photos on the platform show that we can make headlines differently. We see a contradiction between general recommendations and the real situation, but most of the shots in the top have classic titles.
I recommend you to start by the rules, and after receiving a stable income, experiment with the titles.
The goal of the title is to make sure that the person doesn’t look at the picture, but only at the title and can understand the essence of the picture.
Role of the title for the photostoker: the title helps to find the main details in the picture to exclude unnecessary elements from the picture. The top photos are concise.
Spam in Attributes
Spam is the overuse of keywords in the title. We cannot use the same word twice in keywords. The system will simply remove this word from the list. We can use this word in the title.
Here we can write a dog, dog, dog many times in the title, and in this case, the picture will get an advantage in relevance. Customers who are looking for a picture by relevance — by the maximum match of the query and the result — they will see this picture on the top.
This approach is a gross violation of Shutterstock rules. Photostoker can get an eternal ban for constant violations of this rule.
You can use one word in different phrases of the title, for example,
Happy people stand on top and enjoy the sun happily.
The first task of a beginner photostoker is to make a portfolio and reach the level of regular, constant sales. Typically, newcomers, if they follow the rules, there is an increase in sales.
For example, in the beginning, the photographer receives $25 a month, the second month — $50, which is twice as much, the next month $100. A year later, he receives $1,500 a month, and next month $1,600 — an increase of the same $100, but the difference is very small. And then he will do all kinds of experiments to increase growth. Without experiments, growth will still be if he follows the conditions about works correctly, takes photos correctly, attributes correctly, load.
7 < Number of keywords for a photograph of Shutterstock < 50
The platform will not accept a photo whose keywords don’t match the formula above. The photostock team officially says that the optimal number of keywords is 20-30.
The order of the keywords doesn’t matter. The platform allows the use of phrases and words as keywords. Users must share keywords.
Unusual Keyword Ideas
Photostockers use emotions, symbols, and associations.
Users can find on the Internet the most popular key searches. A photographer can use these words as ideas for photographs, but not spam them on the platform.
Gender and Age of Models
Photostockers should indicate gender and age criteria important to the buyer:
You can try to search for pictures by the above keywords.
You cannot use brand names in keywords. The exception is Instagram and Polaroid.
The platform accepts images and brand names only in editorial photographs. And pictures not intended for commercial use.
Keyword Features of Editorial Snapshots
The title of the editor of the image should contain information about the country and the place where the photo was created. For example:
London, UK - December 20, 2019: Title
The platform will not publish an editorial photo without a country and date.
Today we are ready to pass exams. Are you already registered on Shutterstock? If not, let’s do – it is the right time. Now we need to prepare ten perfect photos for the Shutterstock exam.
It is only a technical exam. The inspectors are interested in the user’s ability to create tech quality photos without noises, unnecessary details, artifacts, chromatic aberration, sharp enough, right white balance, title, and description. The pics must be ready to sell.
If inspectors accept at least one photo – it means the user passed the exam. 1/10 it is not difficult. Anyway, the best result is 10/10 because in this case all of ten pics go to the portfolio for sale.
Don’t hurry to load all the photos. If inspectors denied all the pic, the user cannot try to pass the exam again immediately. Its time interval was a month earlier. Don’t waste time. Follow all the tech chars from the articles above.
Prepare 10 pics before reading the text below.
So, we collected 10 photos for the exam.
Select the Upload button on any page.
Choose all of the ten photos.
After the end of the load, select the Next button.
If you follow advice from the article above, all titles and keyword automatically loaded from metadata;
We need to choose categories for the pic;
Set no in Illust/Clip-Art area because we upload the photos;
Watermark position have no means;
Mark Nudity or R-related photos, if there is such content;
Set no in Editorial;
Loaded all model’s releases.
The user can choose a few pics and set categories for all of them at the same time.
If the user is not ready to send pics, he easily can save his work by pressing the Save Work button. If he is ready, he can press the Submit for Review button.
Shutterstock will check all titles and descriptions for errors. The errors are numbers, word repeats. The user will see all errors after pressing Submit for Review button. The photo will go to the check if there are no errors.
Don’t send pics with any errors to the exam! Notice: if the user doesn’t choose categories the first time, he will see all errors without sending it to the exam. He can choose categories later.
User’s reward depends on the total money earned:
The user will receive money in the external or internal balance monthly on the 5th-67th day. The funds go to internal balance if the user didn’t earn a minimal amount to withdraw. First three months after registration user also cannot withdraw any money.
In other cases, the money goes to e-wallet which the user chose in Payout info. Here are three ways:
Check for Postal Mail;
Notice: PayPal cannot accept more than $1,000 for unverified wallets.
The Americans pay taxes for the USA. The users from other countries need to fill a form despite double taxation.
Earnings -> Tax Center -> Fill W-8BEN
The form is valid for 3 years.
Notice: Fill point №6 foreign tax ID if you want to pay taxes in your country. This is an optional point.
There are many other tax forms for USA citizens and Corporative clients.
If the user doesn’t fill W-8BEN, he will pay 30% from profit automatically if buyers are from the USA. Paying taxes in the USA doesn’t exempt from paying taxes in the user’s country.