This week I want to highlight one of my personal favorite stock photo agencies – Shutterstock.
This is my highest earning stock photo site and I consistently hear that it does well for other stock photographers, too.
Here are a few photos that sold for me just yesterday on Shutterstock:
In the past, I’ve shied beginners away from Shutterstock because it was a little tougher to get into. However, they recently changed their process and made it easier, so if you’re looking for another agency, there’s no reason not to try.
In a nutshell, here’s why I love Shutterstock:
- Uploading photos is easy. I find Shutterstock’s website to be intuitive and user-friendly. This saves me time when it comes to uploading photos.
- Useful contributor blog. Shutterstock provides great learning resources, articles, and insights for contributors via their blog.
- Keyword suggestion tool. As part of the uploading process you can use their handy keywording tool. Simply pick out a few photos from their list that look similar to yours and a whole bunch of recommended keywords will pop up. Super helpful!
- Sales! Did I mention Shutterstock makes me the most income of all my stock sites?
If you want to try out this agency, simply sign up following the steps on their site here.
Once you’re signed up, you’ll be asked to upload 10 initial images. In the past, you had to have 7 out of the 10 accepted to get in. But now, if just one of those 10 is approved, you’ll be accepted as a contributor! (Don’t worry if you’re not, you can always try again.)
As usual, be sure you’re submitting quality images. Shutterstock has high standards and won’t accept images that are out of focus, improperly exposed, etc…
If you’re ready to add another stock photo agency to your list, give it a shot and let me know how it goes on the Breakfast Stock Club Facebook page. Good luck!
[Editor’s Note: Learn more about getting started selling your photos online in stock agencies – no matter how much or little photography experience you have – in the Breakfast Stock Club e-newsletter. It’s once a week, and it’s free to join, here.]