How to sell photos on Shutterstock – Images, footage and Vectors Sell online

Shutterstock is the most popular and largest marketplace to buy and sell photos online. Shutterstock serves customers from 150+ countries and has paid over $500 million to our contributors. Their basic aim is to connect contributors and buyers from all over the world in a single platform.

The Shutterstocks Contributor page is different from buyers page and my focus is just on the Contributors page in this Article. So how it works? First of all you need  to apply for contributors account, submit your samples. You can submit Photographs, vector graphics and footage. Once your application is accepted, you are allowed to sell your stock.

How much money do you earn?

Revenue totally depends on demand and sell. Shutterstock pays very good commissions on sales that are generated  by any of them provided below:

  • Monthly Subscription

The most used Standard License subscription. Buyers subscribe on a monthly basis and can download up to 750 images over the course of 30 days. Shutterstock will initially pay you 25 cents every time one of your images is downloaded, with a tiered set of raises to 33 cents, 36 cents and 38 cents per download as you reach the $500, $3,000 and $10,000 lifetime earning milestones.

  • On demand

This plan allows customers to purchase downloads under the Standard License that can be used anytime for up to a year. An “All JPG and Vector Sizes” On Demand starts at $1.88 per image download, while a “Small & Medium JPG Sizes Only” plan starts at 81 cents per image download. Both increase to different tiers based on the same lifetime earnings milestones as for the Per-Day Subscriptions.

  • Enhanced

These subscriptions allow buyers additional rights to downloaded images for merchandising and high-viewership commercial uses. Your earnings start at 20% of the sale price and increase to 25%, 28%, and 30% based on the same lifetime earnings milestones as the Standard License downloads.

  • Single & Others

For single images, test products, and new products involving per image sales, images will pay out starting at 20% of the sale price and increase to 25%, 28%, and 30% based on the same lifetime earnings milestones as the other Standard License downloads. To learn more about Single Image sales, read our blog post.

How to get paid

Shutterstock pays through PayPal, Skrill and Bank Check. The minimum payout for Electronic payment is $75 and $300 through check. So it depends on you how you want to get your payment. Payments are calculated on the 1st of every month and are paid after 2 weeks.

Steps to Start Selling on Shutterstock:

Step 1. Capture and create a collection of the best photographs. If you are good at designing crate your vector collection.

If you are downloading images from the internet make sure that you have the editing and resell rights.

Click Here Read About Top Pro Photography Camera 2017

Click Here for Budget Photography Camera


Step 2. Go to your web browser and put this URL “” in the address bar Or just ” Click Here ” to go directly to Shutterstock contributors page.

address insert of shutterstock


Step 3. Find “sign up Now” Button or “Create an account” button Click on that button.

Shutterstock Contributers page



Step 4.  The User Registration form will appear. Fill all the information and click “submit“button.

sing up form for shutterstock contributor

Make sure that your information is accurate because you have to submit your ID proof  for verification after registration


Step 4. Now, verify your email address. Check your email account inbox and look for Shutterstock email and Click to read that.

shuuterstock verification mail

Click on the link”Please click here to verify your email” and verify it.

Shuuter stock verification link heighlight


Step 5. After verification on the next page fill your complete address and click “Next” button.

Address registration page

Step 6. Upload your “Id proof” like driving license, passport or tax identity and “submit”.

upload id proff in shutterstock


Step 7.  Read the requirements for uploading regarding size and quality of contents. Upload your Stock photo, Vector or footage files and submit.

upload images to shutterstock

Step 8. Describe your photograph, vector or footage you uploaded. These details are necessary to review your contents.

describe your images


Step 9. To Check your Approval status go to portfolio and look for Approval image status.

Generally it may Take 4-5 days. Once your contents get approved you can make your own portfolio.

 Final Words

Whether you are a Photographer, an Illustrator or a Video editor Upload as many as possible and remember no compromise on quality and creativity. You will not only start earning a good amount of money from your digital content, but you will also get visitors from all over the world.

Click here to Read – The Best Ways of Selling Photos Online

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Follow us on social media!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top