Shutterstock and stock photography in general...

May 14th, 2017
Hi guys I browsed the archives and I see that there has not been a recent discussion about this I think the latest one was 2015.

So I have just recently been accepted as a Shutterstock contributor and also want to put my pics on other stock sites.

My questions are:

1. if I have stock in one company and have not signed any full rights of that image to them can I then join other stock agencies using the same photos?

2. Is there anyone out there that has been successful in this area?

3. Should I just concentrate on one agency of is it better to have my finger in all the pies with the same photos and always updating?

If there are any questions I have not asked please chip them in I really want to know if this is worth my time in the end?

Thanks so much in advance.

May 16th, 2017
thanks so much for that i will check them out :-) @dbj_365
August 20th, 2017
I started with about five to six stock agencies using the same pictures, giving none of them exclusivity. In the end I only upload to Shutterstock and Dreamstime. In my experience Shutterstock is more likely to reject images, pays less but succeeds better in selling. Dreamstime is easier in accepting pictures, pays more but is less successful in selling the pictures. Therefore, Shutterstock and Dreamstime are a nice combination for me.
In my experience you get as much out of it as you put in. I have a limited amount of uploads and make money accordingly (about $100 a year). The more you put in, the more you will get out. I think that if you make it a full time job the earnings will not make you rich.
January 5th, 2018
Hi, I've been selling stock for about 2 years and have had some success with earnings and getting into publications. I do not have any exclusives with an agency. Currently, I sell most the majority on shutterstock and istock. In addition, I also have images @ Dreamstime but frankly haven't made much at all there. I've made much more on the other sites. I also made it into Alamy; however, I haven't uploaded anything other than the 7 initial review images. I don't get that site.

The key to stock is marketable images, technically correct, no logos and keywords! You need about 30 - 50 keywords per image. I recently worked with another photographer who was on istock for a year with no sales. Once I informed her about keywords she started selling images.
It's good you're doing this. It will help you become efficient at editing (e.g. cloning) and ensuring your pics are technically correct. Also you make good earnings you need about 600 images in your portfolio. I'm not even close.
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