Saturday, March 1, 2014

I'm now a ShutterStock Contributor

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I am now a shutterstock contributor. (with 9/10 rating) 
Yeah. I am so excited because I finally passed my application as contributor on ShutterStock.

Shutterstock licenses images and video clips on behalf of photographers, designers, illustrators, and videographers, adding 20,000 new images a day from 40,000 contributors in 100 countries, as of 2013 [wikipedia.org]

Many contributors cite ShutterStock as their highest earning microstock agency. Others are quick to point out that the per-sale / per-download earnings are very low. Regardless of how you look at it, Shutterstock is the most consistent earning agency in microstock.



How to become a ShutterStock Contributor? 


If you are looking for a cool place to sale your images, ShutterStock might be the best agency for you. However, before you become a contributor, you need to pass their application process which requires 7 out of 10 uploaded photos to be accepted.

Shutterstock’s First 10 Image Requirements
> 10 of your best images, photos or vector, with keywords and descriptions
> 8 out of 10 must pass inspection (3 image fails is an overall fail)
> If you fail, you must wait 30 days to try again

Shutterstock’s First 10 Image Approval – Tips To Get Accepted

> Choose YOUR BEST images, not just the ones that you have an emotional attachment to
> Examine each image zoomed in at 100% or even 200% to remove dust spots, noise, flare, etc.
> Make sure each image is technically sound – composition, contrast, saturation, no blown out highlights or noisy shadows
> Make your submission diverse if possible (and if you are good at lots of things) – eg: 2 studio shots, 2 isolation’s, 2 nature, 2 people, 2 sports (not 10 photos of your cat, no matter how cute)
> Show them how creative, passionate and technically sound you are
> You don’t have to submit 20mp files just because your camera makes them – Shutterstock requires 4mp minimum, so perhaps submit your first 10 downsized to reduce any minor imperfections and increase your chances of approval
> Learn from the rejection reasons given if you do fail your first time
> Visit the forum and ask others for critique (if you have thick skin!) before your second attempt at approval

To join ShutterStock and become a contributor, just visit this LINK
My ShutterStock potfolio, click HERE.

Reference: http://www.microstockman.com/