Sell Your Photos and Illustrations

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A small sample of my Shutterstock portfolio.

As some of you know, I sell illustrations and photos on several micro stock sites such as Shutterstock, Dreamstime, and Graphic Leftovers. Yesterday, Shutterstock announced a change in the initial review process which is sure to lead to a much better chance of acceptance into the site. Here is their announcement in full.

As the Shutterstock artist community grows, we are constantly looking for ways to better support, educate and empower our contributors to become successful in our marketplace. Just within this past year we launched a contributor support center and relaunched our contributor forum on a more dynamic and user-friendly platform.

As the next step in improving the contributor experience we have decided to simplify the sign-up and onboarding process by changing the requirement  from 7 to 1 out of 10 images accepted for initial submission. We found that the “7 out of 10” rule is no longer an effective standard to evaluate if a contributor can be successful in our marketplace. We know that we can better educate and support our contributors once they are active on our platform and have access to our many resources and support tools.

As always, we will continue to evaluate all images we receive per our standards. This change will simplify the sign up process for any artist interested in joining the Shutterstock community and will improve the overall contributor experience!

Although contributors don’t get a lot of money for their individual images, over time it can really add up. I think it’s better to sell them for a little rather than leave them on my hard drive for nothing. I’ve had images on these sites since 2007 and never regretted putting them out there.

There are so many talented people in the blogosphere, I hope this helps someone who likes making images. If you decide this works for you, please read the submission guidelines thoroughly to avoid frustration. If you have questions, you can ask in the comment section and I’ll answer as best I can.

Note: A couple of the links on this page are affiliate links with the microstock companies. There is no cost to you to click on them.

Photo Challenge 17/365

Photo Challenge 17/365
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This spectacular sunrise was worth getting up early for. And I’m very happy to see the sun this morning!

Photo Challenge 16/365

Photo Challenge 16/365
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Obviously, the lake in all its moods fascinates me. This whole week has been cool and dreary with a lot of fog. There’s a sense of stillness here even though it’s raining. I’m always glad to get outside and force myself to find something to shoot.

I’ve been reading The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau. I’ve just started it but it’s about going on a quest. From what I’ve gathered in the first chapters, my 365 Day Challenge qualifies as a quest. The criteria as defined in the book are:

  • A quest has a clear goal and a specific end point.
  • A quest presents a clear challenge.
  • A quest requires sacrifice of some kind.
  • A quest is often driven by a calling or sense of mission
  • A quest requires a series of small steps and incremental progress toward the goal.

It’s an interesting book so far. And I love to call what I’m doing a “quest”, rather than a meaningless waste of valuable time. I’m learning a lot and at some point, I’ll summarize it all in a post or two.

Photo Challenge 15/365

Photo Challenge 15/365
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With Christmas on its way, there will probably be more holiday type pictures to come. My goal here was to try to do bokeh photography which is defined by Wikipedia as

Bokeh – In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

I like how the background becomes fuzzy points of undefined light, like Christmas magic. 🙂