You’ve heard about people who are selling their photos and getting paid? Me too, so I decided to try it on myself.
how I end up on shutterstock.com. This site could help you to sell your
photos. It has 3,677,912 royalty-free stock photos and 101,811
photographers, seems pretty encouraging.
My first mistake was
that I registered on the main page but it is only for buyers. Sellers
should register on submit.shutterstock.com. It says here that “You can
earn $500 (US) per month!” Not too bad for a few photos I guess.
Actually I’m not a professional photographer, but of course I have a
several great photos, which I’m really proud of.
So I registered
once again. But this time it wasn’t so easy. After filling all the
forms, they asked me to send my id with the photo. Explanation is easy.
Shutterstock wants to be sure that photos you are selling actually
yours, not something you just downloaded a few minutes ago.
scanned and send them my id. I was waiting for their reply almost a day
and when I finally got it, I was ready to start making some money
online. The terms are easy, as a newcomer you need to send 10 your best
photos and the minimum size of uploaded image is 4 MP.
half an hour of making my top 10, I downloaded my best photos. Another
30 minutes I killed for writing description and tag words, but I finally
I did everything they asked me to. I hoped to see my photos on the
site, but I learned that shutterstock need to approve my photos first.
So I have to wait one more day and when I felt the smell of online money
I finally got the results and they weren’t pretty.
6 of my 10
photos weren’t approved. They wrote about some problems with colors and
white balance. I thought about getting my photos to a friend, who works
as a professional photographer, but the funnies thing was that
shutterstock banned my account for a month. They do this if more than 3
of your photos haven’t been approved. Yes, that’s only my fault that I
didn’t take it seriously, I didn’t work on my photos in photoshop but
still I would like to ask shutterstock two questions "one month,
really?" and "why didn’t you mention this before?"
So, if you
think that you can easily earn some money from your photos, you're
wrong. If you not take it seriously, your photos won’t be approved and
even if they do, you won’t sell them anyway. So if photography is your
hobby and you know Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator better than yourself,
you should give it a try, if not, it’s a lot of ways of making money
online and I’ll try them all, I’m sure you’ll find something.