As a photographer, one of my go-to websites for imagery is Shutterstock. To put it simply, it’s a global platform where the users can get high-quality images for your own use. But wait there’s more, you can also get other media such as videos and music. Also, you can share your media, and make money from downloads – which is perfect for me being a photographer! I upload all my images onto Shutterstock, with the chance of making money from every single download.
I have tested all the features on Shutterstock, and I’m going to share everything you need to know about this platform – the good and the bad!
|✓ Easy to get started with|
✓ High-quality media for download
✓ Chance of making a passive income
|✗ Premium membership required to use the site|
✗ Can be expensive for beginners needing images
- Over 310,792,834 royalty-free images
- 1,358,055 new stock images added weekly
How quickly can I start using their services?
Anyone can sign-up to Shutterstock, it’s a quick and simple process. You just need to select your package – more about packages in the next section. Then, you need to follow the simple sign-up procedure. Now: you will have to sign-up with an email and password.
How much does an image on Shutterstock cost?
Shutterstock is not a free platform – which can be an issue for photographers and general users. However, there are differently priced packages available – dependant on the number of images you’ll need. But here’s the kicker, if you use a lot of images, it can get a little expensive. But on the flip-side, the media on there is of the highest quality!
Let’s have a look at home much the packages cost;
|Images||Cost per Image||Cost per Month|
As we can see, the more images you use, the better the value. There premium packages are perfect for large websites, or media companies.
Is it easy to use?
I’ve used many stock-photography platforms, and Shutterstock is as easy to use as any of the others. If you look at the image below, you’ll see the options are easy to navigate – which of course make it easy for non-technical savvy users.
Here’s a few of the simple, but useful options;
- Most relevant/fresh content
Is Shutterstock safe to use?
Shutterstock is 100% legit and very safe to use – the Shutterstock team make sure of this. Think about it, this is one of the most used media sharing platforms in the world, so you can imagine how serious the team are against spam!
How much can you make from Shutterstock?
Let me just put this one out there – Shutterstock is not a “get-rich-quick” scheme. But here’s the good news, if you work hard and keep consistent with your high-quality uploads of images etc, then you can make money from there. But wait there’s more, there’s threshold earnings – for example when you earn $500, your royalty increases. This means you will earn more per download. The more you earn, the more you will get per download.
Shutterstock is a great place to earn some extra money – if you’re willing to put in the work. As a photographer, I like sharing my photos with the world, so I may as well share them with a chance of making some extra cash for my efforts.
Can you use the images without paying?
This is not a wise thing to do! It’s illegal to use a photographer’s images without permission. Thinking about it, I wouldn’t like someone to come and just take my images with asking – would you?
Tip – there’s a blog that shares tips on how to make the most from your membership:
Can you cancel your subscription?
Yes, you can choose the monthly package which gives you the choice to cancel it if you wanted to. But here’s the kicker, once you get started, it’s such a great platform, that you probably won’t want to leave!
There’s a free trial month to try their services. This is a great feature which you can explore the platform, and see if it’s right for you.
My test conclusion
If you’re a photographer, business or someone that takes media seriously; then Shutterstock is for you. With over 1-million images uploaded each week, it’s hard not to find an image you require. There’s more, there are extra features such as image resizer – what many free stock photography sites don’t have.
The platform is user-friendly (simple to use), and finding any media you want, is a quick process! In comparison to other stock-photography platforms, Shutterstock can seem expensive. However, you will find some of the best images on the internet – which is why so many photographers use it for their craft.