How to become a Shutterstock photo contributor in 5 simple steps

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– Step No. 1  – Go on the Shutterstock Website 

and press the red button – Sign Up Now, and enter required information.

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– Step No. 2 – Confirm your email address.

After signing up, you will be sent an email to your email address, which you need to click on in order to confirm your address, and log in to your account.

–  Step No. 3 – Confirm your identity.

You will be asked to submit a scanned copy of your passport. If you don’t live in the same country  your passport has been issued, you will be asked to submit additional document as a proof of your residence.

– Step No. 4 – Upload your best 10 photos. 

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After your identity has been confirmed, you can start uploading your photos. Needless to say, you should choose your best photos. Your first submission should be ten photos that represent a variety of topics you can contribute to.  If you click on the following link you can find more information about  How to choose photos for your first submission .


– Step No. 5 – Tag your photos and submit.

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After your content is uploaded, you will need to add a description, choose a category and if required add a release (e.g. you have recognisable people or private/recognisable property in your photo).

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After that, you will need to scroll down and choose/add the keywords. It is very important to choose wide range of relevant keywords, because this is what bring your photo visible in the search of potential buyer.

After you have entered your keywords, all you need to do is press SUBMIT.

Hope you find this post helpful. Feel free to share your experiences, and links to your Shutterstock portfolio.

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