Shutterstock Contributor Tips and Best Selling Photos

This video contains tips and tricks for Shutterstock contributors to sell more stock photography. I also show my top 5 best selling photos on Shutterstock and discuss why I think they are the best photos.

These are more advanced Shutterstock contributor tips so if you are new to Shutterstock, make sure to check out my Shutterstock beginners tutorial here:

Also, if you want to check out my public profile on Shutterstock you can check it out here:


23 thoughts on “Shutterstock Contributor Tips and Best Selling Photos”

  1. Terms of Service

    15. Confidentiality

    By submitting any Content to Shutterstock, you acknowledge that you will acquire certain confidential and proprietary information, including but not limited to royalty rates, royalty payments and earnings data (collectively, "Confidential Information"). You agree to keep Confidential Information confidential and to not disclose Confidential Information to any third party other than representatives, agents, attorneys, accountants, auditors and advisors with a bona fide need to know, who shall first agree to keep the terms confidential.

    Please do not disclose confidential information about your Shutterstock account.

    you should be careful….

  2. Could you upload photos you take on your phone? I have a Note 10+ and it's has a pretty decent camera. I'm honestly just looking to make some money on the side before moving to go to college.

  3. WOW good job. What lens/filters did you use for Morain lake. tripod ? Just curious, do you remember how much you made the first year? thanks you inspire me . thanks for sharing. great editing. I use ACDSee pro 10 , I can remove shit with this too. what do you use? considered video? cheers , jim

  4. Wow! James, that's a really fantastic result! To earn so much, having only 400+ photos…that's impressive) I looked through your portfolio on shutterstock and saw that all your pictures are sooo beautiful! I wonder if there are pictures that haven't sold even once?))

  5. Great content. Thank you. I would love to see more of your photos like in this video. It would also be interesting to see your equipment and the software you use to edit (I believe you said Lightroom). Do the photos you submit have to be a particular size/quality? Are images taken with cell phones permitted? Thank you!

  6. Wonderful Video. Extremely helpful. Lots of things I've been wondering about as I begin to sell online. I have seen your picture of Banff around the web (big congrats!). I have a few questions.

    1. How do you decide what to upload to Shutterstock and what to discard, when clearly some lesser photo's made you a lot of money?

    2. The picture of Moraine Lake is technically inside a National Park, which would technically require a special permit to sell that photo, did you get the permit? Is that whole thing a big deal? Any issues? I visit a lot of National Parks and have wondered how seriously to take all that.

    3. How many photos did you need to upload until you started making some money (say $100+ a month consistently)?

    Thank you so very much. I would love to see more of your money making photos.

    Have a great afternoon.

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