Shutterstock.com experience

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by chris_arnet, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. chris_arnet

    chris_arnet TPF Noob!

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    Has anyone had experience with this website or any others like it? i was going to put some of my pics up there, but a couple of the final registration questions are sketchy. Really, it's just one. They want my credit card number, which im not worried about, but they want my activation code too, which bothers me.
    Anyways, any help with this website at all (not just about the credit card thing), would be appreciated.

    Chris

    Oh, recommendations for other websites are gladly accepted too.;)
     
  2. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I know a few people that use Shutterstock... basically for every dollar they make selling your pics, you make about 10 cents. One person in particular that I know a little about personally has something like 5,000 pics there and receives about $20-25/month for all his work... some very impressive.

    In general, you won't make much from there at all, as I understand it. You are competing against thousands of other photographers in pretty much the same areas.

    As for what their needs concerning your CC are... I cannot help you but I do find it a little unusual as well. In my case, I simply have a separate CC that has an extremely low max value, low % rate and if something was charged on it, they could not squeeze over $150 on it. I use it for my internet purchases when needed. When I need more, I contact the CC company, let them know that I will exceed the limit and that payment was already made against it, and from what company.

    The things we have do to protect ourselves nowadays. :grumpy:
     
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    Chris,

    Before you start using any sites like Shutterstock, I would urge you to
    think carefully about it.

    "The painful injustice of microstock sites can be seen from the July 23rd 2007 cover of Time Magazine (yes, that's right, Time Magazine). The cover has 3 images. One is credited to Getty Images, one to istockphoto. How much did the photographers earn? A conservative estimate would be that the Getty photographer earned over 1000 dollars. The istock photographer? 20 cents."

    My $.02 worth.
     
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    _SnapShot_ TPF Noob!

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    Sign up as a photographer not a buyer. You are in the wrong registration area. That's why they want your CC numbers and validation. As a photographer you only need a paypal account and photo ID.

    Many people try to sell at these places with hopes of making money. When you get 20 - 50c per download and have 2000 good images up, you might make something.

    http://www.talkmicro.com to read about it.
     
  5. chris_arnet

    chris_arnet TPF Noob!

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    you can either submit a photo id or credit card info. i dont feel like scanning my passport.
     
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    you should sign up at photographersdirect.com if you can be approved. They pay REAL money for photographs.
     
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    From what I can tell about photographersdirect is that you have to make the effort to submit your work for the individual things requested. The thing that makes stock nice and simple is that the customer comes to you. At photographersdirect you have to read all those application things to get to the customer.
     
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    I was a member of non-microstock sites for a couple years and sold only one photo. My photos are the best out there but they pretty damn good. I switch to microstock, including shutterstock.com, and have made a couple hundred in the past year.

    Cheers,
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    "Take control of your photo collection!"
     
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    Well ok. sell your art for 20 cents....
    Just because you don't like the real stock websites doesn't mean its good to support the crappy microstock sites. Those sites are taking the money away from real photographers who know what they're doing...and devalues the work of a professional photographer....

    (company) OH I know! We can get our cover for a dollar at shutterstock!
    (guy) Great idea! We can then use it for anything else we want since it's royalty free!
    (photographer) OH crap! I'm not making any money!
     
  10. Jestev

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    Did I say that photographersdirect was a bad thing? No, I didn't. I said that I can see why people find microstock easier and more efficient because once their work is up they don't have to really do anything.

    I also didn't say I thought microstock companies were a good thing. I said they were simple.
     
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    i have very much decided by now NOT to use shutterstock

    i will continue to sell my work at local art shows.
     
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    >Those sites are taking the money away from real photographers who know what they're doing...and devalues the work of a professional photographer....

    When I read that I had a thought... what if stock photography (and maybe photography in general) today is of little value*? If digital cameras offer near-endless exposure opportunities, editing software makes it easier to compensate for poor skills, AND more people are producing photos, not to mention streamlined distribution provided by the internet, then the natural result would be a devaluing of photography.

    Don't think for a second that I actually LIKE my thought. I just had it!



    *"Value" in this context is defined strictly as market value, not artistic, social, personal, etc. value.
     

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