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One of the best places to earn money from selling your photos.
Easy uploading process and very fast image approval. You might be able to see your pictures sell on the next day after they get approved.
Keep your files noise free. You might want to use noise reduction software NoiseNinja or Noiseware but in most cases correct exposure and low ISO is enough.
To start earning money with Shutterstock you must submit your first batch of 10 high quality images

You start with payout of $0.25 per subscription sale, $0.81/$1.88 for a single image sale and $28.00 for an extended license sale. You royalties increase after reaching $500, $3000, $10000 in payouts up to $0.38 for a subscription sale and $1.24/$2.85 for a single image sale.

You can also sell vector illustrations and footages at Shutterstock.

Follow these guidelines taken from Shutterstock web site:

Do read the explanations of the various categories, guidelines for participating in the forums, and possible reasons for receiving rejections (all listed below).
Do inspect all images at 100% before uploading them to make sure they are free of noise, dust, and scratches.
Do vary the subject matter of your initial 10 images.
Do send full-sized images. Don't upsize or downsize images.
Do keyword your images carefully. This is how people find your work. Make sure all keywords relate directly to the image. Using a thesaurus to come up with similar words is a bad idea. Think like a designer. If you were looking for your image, what keywords would you search for? For example: most would search for "happy girl", not "mirthful female".
Do choose the correct category. If your image cannot fit into two appropriate categories, please only choose one. (*Illustrators: Illustrations go only in the Illustration category.*)
Do keyword your images in English only. We have a language algorithm that automatically translates the image's description and keywords into every language in which we offer the site itself.

Don't send images with date stamps or copyright notices.
Don't "frame" your work. We don't take any framed images.
Don't send snapshots. We do not accept photos with heavy shadows from the on-camera flash. Make sure your images have a clear topic and focus.
Don't send 10 pictures of your family pet.
Don't send dark or muddy travel pictures.
Don't send the same image with slight variations on the angle.
Don't send the same image in color, black and white, sepia, and blue tone. Color is enough. If any variation on color actually enhances the image, then you may submit it separately, but we do not want a batch of photos where each is submitted in four different ways.
Don't send similar shots when only one is your favorite. Edit on your own. Keep batch sizes of similar subjects down to the bare minimum.
Don't send flower pictures labeled "Flower" or "Spring Scene". We only accept photos of flowers that are labeled with the scientific or common name. Labeling plants and animals with their scientific names may increase your sales (*Please avoid sending images that we already have a lot of such as sunsets, flowers, nature, etc.*).
Don't submit photos taken from inside an airplane or moving automobile. Consider your composition carefully.

Images must be at least 2.5MP (2.5 Megapixels/2.5 Million Pixels). To calculate the number of pixels in a photo - multiply the width by the height. For example - a photo that's 1700x1300 is 2.21 million pixels. The minimum size for new photographers is now 4.0MP.
Images may not be upsized more than 5% -- we perform an interpolated upsize to sell the 'supersized' version - if you upload upsized images, you risk your account being suspended.
Images should be correctly exposed and in-focus.
Images can be submitted in digital form only. If you would like to submit film/negatives, you must scan them into a digital format before you submit them. Modern scanners can scan both negatives and positives at a very low price. Do not send physical negatives or positives to Shutterstock.

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Payout for image sales is $0.35 for a subscription license and varies between $0.50 and $7.00 for a single image sale, depending on the size of the image that was bought. Also price of your images goes up when they reach certain amount of downloads. An extended license sale will bring you $25.00

How to sell your images guideline taken from Dreamstime:

Your first step in selling your images is to register to the site, which you can do for free on the Register page. Then go to the Upload Files option, under the Photographers tab. Before uploading a file you must make sure the following criteria are met:
- image must be your personal work and you must own the copyright upon everything within it
- image must be 3MP in size or more
- image must be RGB, saved at the highest JPG quality (12)
- have a Model Release for all people recognizable in your image
- upload the original image from which you traced an illustration in the Model Release area in the same time you upload the illustration (if it is not the case you should mention the illustration is your own, created from scratch, work in the notify admins area)
- check the image carefully for copyright issues, anything that is label, logo, characters from cartoons or movies, are protected and are not accepted. Also some buildings are protected by a trademark, new sculptures, cars like Ferrari and Porsche, Harley Davidson motorcycles, the Coca-Cola bottle, the Olympic logo circles.
- don't upload offensive content like explicit nudes, drugs, people in offensive positions, racism
- add a relevant description to your image. It must be more then one word and explain the image
- don't write the image name and description in capital letters
- don't add model releases that are not jpg or pdf. Filename of the MR must be made of letters and numbers, no special characters.

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Depending on your rank which growth while you sell your images payout for your photo sales will be $0.30-0.37 for images sold with subscription package and 33-47% for single image sales that are prices $1-7 depending on the image size. You can set your own price for extended license for every photo. This price limit is based on your rank as well and it varies between $20 and $200.

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