It’s been two years since I was studying photography in the United States and I sent my very first photos to Shutterstock for a review. 8/10 failed to met their criteria. I felt horrible and though I’ll never get my photos anywhere except here and family albums.
Shutterstock is a huge international photo stock for professional quality photos. I wanted to get my photos there because it is the biggest one in the industry. It’s highly valued and has excellent content. I want my photos and my name to be attached to the best photo stock.
After hundreds of thousands of photos, far too many hours on photoshopping and even more hours watching others photos I have finally made one of my dreams come true.
I finally got accepted to be a Shutterstock contributor in the middle of the March 2017. The featured image at the beginning of this post is one of those photos that made this dream come true.
This feels amazing and slightly unreal. I guess I can say I’m a professional photographer now, or at least this is the first step to become one.
These yellow roses above made my first sale! 🙂
So far there has been two sales which made me 0,50$ haha! But hey, it’s a beginning. 🙂 I think for me getting accepted is more about getting feedback and knowing I’m good enough. It’s not about getting that much money from this. Some money would, of course, be a big plus but at the moment I want to concentrate on improving my skills.
I assume (that according to short googling) it is possible to make up to thousands a month with stocks but that’ll require at least tens of thousands of excellent quality and also adding content constantly.
If you’re interested in doing stock photos you can learn more:
– Good blog post about basics and choosing the right stock service for you
– Check list to go through before sending your images
Just let me know if you want to hear my experiences about Shutterstock. If you guys are interested I sure can write a longer post about it.