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Visual artists, photographers, and content creators- earn money in your creative field no matter where you are in the world. This is the shutterstock contributor app. We can't wait to showcase your incredible content, so you can earn money through your creative work. Made exclusively for approved shutterstock artists, upload new images to the platform directly on the app to earn money through your craft. Access the app to see how potential customers interact with your portfolio and uploaded content. Educate yourself on what's trending in the creative content world, and what visuals you should be creating and selling next. Image Submission Made Easy Upload and submit images straight from your phone. It's that easy to earn money on the go! Earnings & Activity Monitor your sales, as well as the performance of your creative portfolio and work. Customer Insights & Data See what's being downloaded from your portfolio, get notified when your images are being looked at, and see what customers are purchasing around the world. The more you know, the better! Not on shutterstock yet? Visit submit.shutterstock.com to apply now. We can't wait to have you be a part of our creative community.
I intentionally submitted a grainy picture,they labeled it out of focus. Don’t go here
by nealj121 on 2022/01/14 09:31
Please take this from someone who does this all day long… Shutterstock is the worst of the worst when it comes to stock footage websites. They used to be reasonable but when they had a merger few months back everything has gone down hill. I am on 13 stock photo websites including exclusive ones. I used to think dreamstime was the worst but that changed over last few months. Shutter has been rejecting more and more photos for reasons that don’t make sense. I will put that same picture on other markets with no issues. I will take that same photo, resubmit it, and have no issues. I don’t make any changes to it. The review team is incredibly inconsistent and I’m pretty sure has no sense of what they are doing. I have complained. I have… they don’t care. Customer service said they are changing policies too much and that could be why. Apparently that makes sense to them… I intentionally submitted a grainy picture… they labeled it out of focus.
A waste of time and effort.
by Eli_Fitzgerald on 2022/01/04 15:21
The app came up in a job listing as a website. So I wondered if it was an app and, sure enough, it was. So I downloaded it because it would be easier for me to use than a website. The good thing about this app is that I can work on multiple photos at a time; like while one is being loaded onto the app I can type a description and such for a photo that’s already loaded. I went onto it once I got the notification that my photos have been reviewed, expecting that all of my photos would be ok. (considering that I have NO nudity, gore, brand names, or anything else that could be bad in any of the photos) However, this was not the case. I had uploaded 17 photos and all of them got rejected for reasons that didn’t seem to apply to my photos. I even had one that said I had a logo in it, when I didn’t. Then, right afterward, I went into the reviews of the app to see if this is a common occurrence. Apparently it is, and it really frustrates me. I’ve also read that this app doesn’t even give you much money for the photos that actually work. Overall, don’t buy this app.
Disrespectful
by alicianicole2006 on 2021/12/28 19:08
I’ve never seen an app decline so many photos. I have uploaded 20 and only 3 approved. They denied several that are just amazing jaw dropping images. They declined one of close up with a blurred back ground. A close up with a white background was to. A sunset was declined as well. It’s a waste of time.
Disrespectful
by duckassbitch on 2021/12/23 18:25
I believe it is flat out disrespectful to say no to someone’s art. Art is a form of describing one’s self and if I can not be myself when taking photos then it’s bland dull and completely similar. Creative minds aren’t what have driven man kind to the engineering masters we are today. And now look at the senseless y creative and so similar.
Scammers and liars
by savage310 on 2021/12/15 09:37
They only want your credit card Than you will get charged forever, regardless of settings Chat support doesn’t exist Mail support doesn’t exist Have fun getting your money back
App works great Dont pay enough
by rgg008 on 2021/12/12 17:26
Really not worth the effort for what they pay these days
Excellent app for earnings with contents
by Max1816bd on 2021/12/07 18:51
Excellent app for earnings with contents. Easy to upload photos and get approval shortly.
Dissatisfied
by J.Kenneth on 2021/11/29 01:23
Went to broadcasting school and wanted to upload some pictures but every single pic I uploaded was rejected. I’m not a pro in any field but thought it would be something I would enjoy and was very dissatisfied and disappointed in the service because of over 60 rejections. I even tried dating pics from Google pics and I use an IPhone 12 Pro but everything was sent back as an error or blur even art images created as effects. This is not a user friendly app for just anyone it is only for true photographers and professionals in the photo industry I think.
Low Approval
by CaliPapi57 on 2021/11/17 14:21
Every single photo with description IN ENGLISH was rejected (One photo submitted twice) A Close up shot with blurred background was rejected for being out of focus when the main focal point is the sunflower. Title was appropriately labeled which was one of many reasons as well. People want raw images that they can purchase or use.
Won’t approve any of my images!?
by Future belle on 2021/11/12 13:27
This is the dumbest app ever! None of my images which are CLEAR and focused, sharp and professionally taken ever get approved! It says they are out of focus when it’s a photo of an entire scenery with nothing out of focus! This is dumb and I do not recommend this scam of an app to anyone! Waste of time! DELETE!
I see Why i did not like paying for shutter stock
by NickJohn5150 on 2021/11/07 17:42
It is nearly impossible to get a photo approved..edited or unedited. No matter what I have done. I hope it works well for others
Don’t waste your time
by binkxzy on 2021/10/27 18:41
I’ve put up over at least 8 different photos that where perfect in the eyes of thousands but to shutterstock it was not centered, they refuse to accept photos unless they fit there requirements, which destroys the uniqueness of photography
cannot register
by Tink483 on 2021/10/25 17:34
says my registration info is 'unacceptable'. But no details or reason.
Self Improvement
by tedtrimmer on 2021/10/16 05:18
Shutterstock allows a contributor to grow in their skill as a photographer or illustrator. I have become a better photographer by studying these articles.
So far so good
by I hate night owl on 2021/10/11 13:03
Watch lots of YouTube videos they are very helpful.
Upload feature
by Fishbloods Media on 2021/09/30 10:05
I give this a one star for lack of photo support. I have uploaded every photo possible (17) with every single one of them getting denied for grainy or out of focus. I am using a a7s I highly disagree with it being grainy.
Complicado que acepten una imagen
by lcinvestment on 2021/08/29 19:47
Muchas veces me ha pasado que tengo imágenes tomadas por mi y no me deja subirlas o me da problemas y no la sube pq tengan algún filtro o efecto
Waste of time usually.
by ri897098 on 2021/08/28 12:05
And the company is super woke. 👎
Bad rate
by 901QSR on 2021/08/26 13:29
Excepts 2/18 of my photos.
Stupid!
by joeparker1700 on 2021/08/06 14:36
Not approved “content contains visible brand names and logo”, what are you talking about it’s on Hollywood Sign! Stupid!
Not very useful
by glitchykitten on 2021/07/29 21:12
There is a very low approval rate for images, and they get rejected for all sorts of reasons, some of which don’t even apply. One photo I submitted got rejected for one, very specific, reason. I fixed the issue and resubmitted it. The second time it got rejected for two new issues. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if you actually made a decent amount of money from the photos that do get accepted, but you really don’t. I’ve never made any money off the photos they’ve accepted, even after being up for months. If you want the possibility to earn a few cents after submitting hundreds of photos over the course of months, go for it. But if you want to use it to make money, look elsewhere.
Terrible payouts
by lonestriker on 2021/07/19 22:55
Payout structures continue to get worse.
Easy and useful
by Nomad2019 on 2021/07/19 08:47
Easy for use with new member
Can’t upload
by Bakindor on 2021/07/09 02:00
Pictures can not able to upload. Still loading.. I don’t want to write a definition! One of my pictures denied due to trade mark visible ( it is just a yellow flower picture, there is no trade marks on the picture)
SS Screws Contributors
by Fishingtonboy on 2021/07/03 23:28
Shutterstock is one a handful of stock agencies that have done all they can to make money at the expense of their contributors. Their aggressive pricing over the last couple of decades has done irreparable damage to the stock photo industry. In most cases, they pay photographers $0.10 when they license an image. Yes you read that correctly, 10 cents. Put another way, you need to license 1000 photos to make $100. Ouch.
It’s better to have this app than not to have it
by 683710uniq on 2021/06/27 02:02
The app can’t handle videos, notes to the reviewer, or resubmissions of rejected photos. But it is worth having
Horrible
by lactosefreebish on 2021/06/25 02:05
I swear you can have so many beautiful pictures and ALL OF THEM will get rejected. I think this is just stupid and a huge waste of time. I have taken many beautiful photos which have all gotten rejected every time for some dumb reason
Pay
by Vahleru on 2021/06/15 22:40
Pay is awful and one of the reasons I have focused more on other platforms. Other photographers have followed suit unfortunately.
Easy to use app
by emperorpjoenix on 2021/06/10 18:00
Lovely and easy to navigate app
A waste of my time
by Courtney Stroup on 2021/05/01 14:34
I honestly just regret wasting so much time uploading images just for them not to be approved for things that have absolutely no relevance to the image it’s self. Example: image with a clear and noticeable focal point that is in focus - you can identify details effortlessly with in the image - color correction is on point - composition is fitting for subject - image was not overly compressed or adjusted in post - they will then sit there and not approve it for being out of focus yet every single other sites I have used had no issue with this with the same images. I sell my photography as prints regularly, never once had the issues I’m having with shutterstock. Such a waste of my time. Who ever or what ever does the reviewing process failed miserably and I’m not bothering with it again. Too much work. Found a better option. 👍🏻
Does the basics
by Run42km on 2021/04/19 20:50
The app does what it needs to do to for minimal productivity.
iPhone pictures
by shutterpaul on 2021/04/03 20:41
Are there any pictures from an iPhone that is acceptable? Everything I have ever uploaded has been rejected. I do not understand what I’m supposed to do.
To picky.
by SIM PLAYER 777BJ on 2021/03/31 22:14
This app is way to picky on what can be on this app. Just terrible. Will tell people not to use this app.
So frustrating
by georgiablank on 2021/03/23 13:14
It seems as though no pictures are good enough. It’s so not worth the time and effort
Must have for contributors!!
by 00fakenews00 on 2021/03/11 14:42
I love the app but can you guys add the video portion of submissions process please? Thanks
Waste of time
by roeckdog on 2021/02/13 18:31
Waste of time.
Horrible
by Looneygal on 2020/12/12 23:47
Didn’t approve any of my images. They were perfectly fine and taken with IPhone 11 Pro Max. Zero stars. Deleted.
Doesn’t Deserve One Star
by Sam Jean I Am on 2020/11/13 16:02
Uploaded great content for nature and outdoors. They rejected them all. Funny thing is I get more compliments on my nature outdoor photos on other platforms than this place. It’s been an automatic reject. Like how? Sure my photos are from my phone, and their easy to see. I will be deactivating my account, don’t waste your time on a company that can’t take your photos serious. All the hard work you put in is not worth then saying it needs this and doesn’t have that. Every photo we do is our own art. People that may work for them don’t understand that.
Unapproved
by Joe_poppa on 2020/11/12 15:25
I can’t seem to get anything approved. Maybe this is only for DSLR’s. I just take pics with my iPhone XSMax.
No notifications
by Abdullah Nashar on 2020/11/04 19:25
Hi there After your last update i’m not getting any notifications from the app ( of course the notifications are on for this app in the settings ) solve it out please
They must have let all there best staff go and kept all the idiots to review the pictures
by Rugby Players don't need Pads on 2020/11/03 04:23
This used to get a great site to sell photos, but they seem to only have idiots reviewing photos now. Probably not enough staff left or the only staff left are idiots. Basically I’m using shutterstock for the second time after previously deleting my old account. I’ve tried uploading my old photos from my old account only to have tons and tons of photos rejected that had been previously been accepted on my old account, and not only that made a lot of money too. Seriously think either shutterstock don’t want my photos to sell and earn money, or COVID-19 meant they had to lay off all their best staff, and kept all the idiot Mong’s who are being paid in buttons. Absolutely clown outfit of a company
Unapproved
by hajshdusns on 2020/10/04 18:45
I put 10 photos and they all got a no. All the photos are in focus and all of them don’t have anything wrong with them! Yet the review said that it was out of focus and something else was wrong with it. I’m no upset with this app.
Doesn’t work
by sjskskskjdjsu on 2020/09/30 06:59
This app doesn’t work
Literally useless
by matt elkins photography on 2020/09/10 18:02
I’ve honestly gave this app a couple tries meaning three or four and I really really want to like the idea of this style app especially as a photo journalist and a photographer who has a full-time business but the problem is for me getting an image approved and l no matter what image I sent them they say that it’s either copyright ,there is noise ,it’s out of focus etc. Lol I guess this is the last tryJust to see if it would work this time but now every single image I try to upload failed. I mean how can you have noise when you’re shooting with Leica q or a 5D Mark III on L series lenses in broad daylight at ISO 100 it doesn’t happen lol
Meh
by toofancytoo on 2020/09/08 20:20
Not super satisfied with the app not enough detailed guidelines on what is ok or not ok after the pictures you upload have been reviewed. Called in but there isn’t a contributors place to talk must email them regarding issues. App is lack luster for functionality. No explanations of how the release forms work. Meh
So frustrating.
by Mxndlsnsk on 2020/09/03 06:12
I never leave reviews but I had to for this. Almost every picture I try to post gets denied. For no good reason. Pictures of beautiful trees, flowers, nature, etc. got denied for “visible trademarks”, there were none at all! I posted almost 100 photos and only 2 were approved. I will not be using this app any longer.
Basics are good but lots of UX issues
by Pw95 on 2020/08/08 19:54
Overall the app is a great idea. Yet, lots of problems still. Would say this is a MVP at best. 1. Let me work on more than 10 pictures at the time. 2. Let me copy keywords. 3. Let me not just save multiple at the time but also submit them all at once. UX on this is pretty disappointing. 4. App crashes frequently or tries to upload for several days (not a network issue, other apps uploading don’t have issues and tested connection) saying “starting upload...” as it is loading...for hours per picture. 5. Why can’t I change profile settings (such as payment details) in the app? It’s always opening a browser window. If I keep getting redirected to the website I can just use my browser from the start and skip the app. Please take this feedback into consideration and make some serious improvements to the app, for the benefit of you (Shutterstock) and me (user/customer). Would be very appreciated!
Contributer
by bressing on 2020/08/04 00:26
You never get any downloads even if the pictures are amazing.
Rejection rate too high
by C@l\/!n on 2020/07/29 12:42
This app is trash. The rejection rate is too high and the reason for rejection doesn’t match the quality of the photos submitted. Try something else.
Stupid
by Dakodes on 2020/07/27 21:56
Most stupid app I’ve ever dealt with. Will delete it after this review is submitted. They reject all your photos for stupid reasons. You have to literally spend 5 minutes per photo you upload describing it & hash tagging it only to have them reject it. Waist of time! Don’t download !
Horrible review process
by kahartley on 2020/07/20 04:33
Even in an untouched photo from an iPhone 11 with good quality, it sees the image as being grainy or altered. It’s not worth the time submitting a mobile photo through their review process unless you know how to trick their algorithm (as a bunch of their subpar photos that they have available show).
Dissatisfied
by Giner13 on 2020/07/18 13:37
Takes a while to get everything ready for upload & submission, then you get told that submissions are denied for various ridiculous reasons. Description not in English (when it obviously is!), description must be clear & relevant to subject, etc...this seems to be a waste of my time!! I agree with other low ratings.
Not free
by chelsey619 on 2020/07/15 00:58
It charged me 50 something dollars without telling me
Dramatically reduced payouts for contributors
by Johnny Toll on 2020/07/13 00:19
Shutterstock recently dramatically reduced the amount they pay contributors for their photos. I now make about 10 cents for most sales, whereas the previous minimum was 25 cents. That is more than a 50% cut! It is absolutely not worth uploading to their site anymore and I will likely be pulling all of my photos down.
Photo Approval
by lpich94 on 2020/07/09 00:04
I feel like it’s extremely difficult to get photos approved based on posterization among other reasons. Most everyone uses photo editing tools to enhance brilliance or any other defects that occur based on the fact many of these photos are currently being taken on iPhones or other smart phones which have the ability to capture great picture now a days. I understand if the photo is inferior based on megapixels but I have a hard time understanding how 80-90% of the photos are rejected for other reasons than that when I am able to sell the same photos I am providing to you which I blew up to a 20 x 30 and looked great quality wise. Thank you for your time. Regards Loïc
Nothing is enough
by staceyslc13 on 2020/07/08 20:11
I have been taking photos for a while now and I have sold some. The lighting is perfect. The picture is centered. I have stuff to remove the grain and make everything look super professional yet this app always has a problem with my pictures. It’s honestly there loss and I’m so done with this app.
Easy to stay up to date with submissions
by SacredNYC on 2020/07/08 18:24
Great app for you to keep up with submission, purchases, and your money.
The rates just dropped?
by fhsosnfi on 2020/07/03 22:00
Did the rates just drop without explanation
Lost its luster
by alan amithee on 2020/06/04 03:15
This app isn’t a very effective tool. I have only found it to be useful for checking earnings, which has especially been nothing to write home about, as of late. Not worth it!
1 star
by Zornichka on 2020/05/29 17:01
Too bad, shutterstock..
Used to love
by MattHodge on 2020/05/29 02:55
The new massive pay cut to contributors is horrible. I’d recommend other agencies over Shutterstock at the point.
A rubbish company
by LezAlot on 2020/05/28 17:04
Stealing from the poor and taking advantage of their contributors during this global pandemic is utterly reprehensible. As contributors we work HARD to make great content and now Shutterstock is rearing it’s greedy head and cutting contributor earnings by 50%. This is a useless app for a rubbish company. Take your talent and resources elsewhere.
Terrible Attitude
by zlatenica on 2020/05/28 15:12
I absolutely disappointed in this company after cutting down royalties for their contributor during COVID crisis. Such an awful move considering the fact that for many people it’s now hard time and this income is the main one. Everything looks like Shutterstock decided to make money at contributors’ expense. But they are a foundation of this business! Shame on you.
New Payout Standards
by Lobsterunit on 2020/05/27 16:47
I can not support a company or app that is screwing their creators over. Your new standards on payouts that is being released for June 2020 is unacceptable and perhaps the worst in the industry. Even more so with the VERY short notice you’ve given us. As you can prob already see you are going to get raked over the coals for this one. DO BETTER!
The app is good, but Shutterstock?
by pbacorey on 2020/05/26 23:34
Have uploaded a couple times in there only to get a message back stating that my descriptions were not accurate pertaining to the images supplied. I assure you, the descriptions are accurate. If Shutterstock reviewers were at each location, that would be one thing, but I highly doubt they were. That being said, the concept of this app is pretty cool, but Shutterstock blanket-flagging my images stating that the descriptions were inaccurate after the extreme amount of time I wasted to coordinate all the information and upload, I’ll just market my images elsewhere where more care will be given to the review process. Thanks for wasting my time, Shutterstock. Good riddance.
I really love this app
by MyloKylo on 2020/05/08 05:41
It’s simple and fun to use
Difference of opinions
by Coblepot on 2020/04/30 06:03
I had several images declined for reasons I disagreed with and I had no way to dispute them. Images that it was said to have visible trademarks in them did not and images were taken exactly the way they were intended to were rejected in what I can only call a difference of opinion. But they have no way to dispute their opinions. So whether you submit an image as you want it to be viewed the sites opinion can differ wildly.
Sell your photos
by daffy1108 on 2020/04/24 05:25
For those wishing to make a little side money on their hobby of photography , contributor by shutter stock is one avenue. However their strict standards can be quite annoying. Must have a release for so many things : public buildings like Eiffel Tower, or even someone’s home. Peoples faces that can be recognized also requires release. Brand names like Coke or McDonalds require release. So far only made a few dollars with some photos. Will continue uploading more photos and see if there can be small compensation for my time and efforts.
Photographer
by omexav on 2020/04/17 02:28
The app is being very complicated for me
Doesn’t support Shutterstock Video
by EDM24/7 on 2020/03/30 15:12
As a videographer, I would love to see the app brought into parity with the website, which supports video contributions
What type of system do you people have?
by In game name : smauug on 2020/03/29 02:02
Why are photos being rejected for not being “descriptive enough” or, “don’t explain the subject?” Or “it isn’t written in English” when it is! I am very annoyed by this I tried to upload my first photo which was a heart, that was burning in a blue flame. I put the description as “Blue burning heart symbolizing not all hearts break immediately, they slowly burn.” Which was definitely descriptive enough. Please just review your broken approval system.
This whole app is fake
by FalaRome on 2020/03/17 01:03
I have uploaded one of my photos made in Hungary during twilight as my first work on Shutterstock. I have waited for admins review not too long. The very next day all 13 photos were disapproved for literally the same reason - main subject is not in focus, motion blur... or technical limitation of the equipment used. Ha, very nice! Considering I am using Nikon Z6. Well, Shutterstock, take these images as a gift!
It’s ok I guess
by evanbuck on 2020/01/31 04:39
The app is very very strict. Sometimes as a photographer we like to get creative with our images and sometimes the look we’re going for might have some grain or the main subject might be out of focus, which was intentional. More recently it hasn’t been letting me upload pictures saying they aren’t more than 4mp. I know for a fact my DSLR shoots way above 4mp even after post production editing it still looks crisp and clear. And in the past they’ve uploaded just fine use the same camera, editing software, everything remained the same I’m not sure if this is a bug or what. Haven’t received much of a payout either. kind of wasting my time, money, and gas to go shoot what they recommend sells for each month.
Bad app
by lacacata on 2020/01/23 15:56
I can never
Won’t send me my email for confirmation
by Ig@Flypiratee on 2020/01/21 19:12
It won’t send me my email for confirmation I looked in the spam too and it still wasnt there. I pressed “resend email confirmation” and it still has never sent me my email. It wont let me use the app until I have the confirmation.
Easy to use set up.
by offerheat.com on 2020/01/18 00:13
Cool photo submitter and earnings checker.
Taking too long for review
by ajhae on 2020/01/12 04:18
Need to cut down on description section... no need to elaborate the pictures.. just look at the pictures it will explain it all😜
Thanks, however...
by LKwryter on 2020/01/11 20:05
Whatever automated review process this app uses is often off the mark. “Main image is out of focus” comes up a lot for photos that are CLEARLY in PERFECT focus. It’s is quite annoying. They say to just resubmit if you don’t agree with a rejection, but land sakes, it’s far too *tyme consuming to resubmit all the pictures they reject for highly invalid reasons!
Great app
by QCappReviews on 2019/12/28 03:52
Great app it needs some fixes on helping people sell photos.
Can't submit anything
by roblarson83 on 2019/12/21 01:10
This app is a waste of time. Everything gets rejected for one reason or another. Infront have to time play those games. I'll be deleting this waste of time app.
Nothing gets approved
by PetitePowaa on 2019/12/17 23:32
There’s no clear guideline to what gets approved. All my images have been declined and it’s just a waste of time.
Image Guidelines
by Nate ✌🏻 on 2019/12/06 00:06
I’m giving this three stars because some of the guidelines of a clear image are absolutely ridiculous. An image taken on a phone isn’t always going to be 100% clear. I mean, images that have literally any obstruction weather it be clouds or other things get rejected even though it’s a good picture. I apologize for not having the funds to afford a $3000 camera and $2000 worth of equipment for a “perfect” picture.
Watermarks
by scootlykins on 2019/11/29 14:28
There aren’t any water marks, but still denied. In one pic there are boats & they all have names. Is that the problem?
Missing tagging tool
by unknowndiver on 2019/11/20 07:40
I like how the app works but I feel that it's missing tagging tool for quicker uploads.
Worst reviews ever
by annie_hoy on 2019/11/12 08:52
I submitted Atleast 5 photos and they all weren’t excepted mostly because they had “film grain” or blur or something like that and I don’t understand because I don’t see anything blurry in the photos.
Worst app
by Kitchen mom on 2019/11/10 16:24
Serously a complete waste of time and unable to get anything approved. Such a horrible app and they constantly email you as if your image was approved and they want you to send to every one to advertise. Not a fan and will be deleting my account as well as the app
I love it
by Mrs_mercer on 2019/11/02 13:35
I love that it shows me how much money I’ve earned, and how it’s so simple to use. 👍🏾
Works good most of the time
by Snap free on 2019/10/18 14:37
It seems that the access and features come and go, other than that I have enjoyed the ability to look at recent sales... when they are updating properly. I wish the app did more in the way of showing my portfolio activity.
Stuck on address
by Mareedemuser69309522 on 2019/10/17 15:47
Every time I go to upload it sends me back to the address page and won’t let me continue
Good challenge for photographers
by MANUW&G on 2019/10/14 14:47
Only 25 cents per picture usually. However it’s been a great learning curve and challenge to understand what people are looking for to purchase. Usually shutterstock helped me become a better photographer.
Works but could be improved
by megafon38 on 2019/10/09 23:35
In general it is great to be able to upload, work on and submit the photos directly from the phone, especially for those contributing phone photos. However, the photos can only be uploaded one by one. It would be great if there was a possibility to submit multiple photos at the same time.
All submissions rejected
by Cory Farren on 2019/10/06 12:18
All my submissions have been rejected for blurry/noise in picture/subject not in focus. Looked at same images on a computer and they’re perfectly focused. More trouble than it’s worth.
love it!
by dimarastudio on 2019/10/04 18:34
The app is very simple and very easy to use. None of the competitors have something similar. I love using it, sometimes I prefer using the app rather than than the website.
Great Experience for a new photographer
by 40 runner on 2019/09/23 13:57
Really enjoying getting feedback on the photos, would like more tips on how to make the photo that was rejected better.
Nothing
by sangewasit on 2019/09/19 16:13
Not getting any sales
123 wow!
by Bowlingranny2 on 2019/09/12 04:42
Awesome website, I love being a contributor there.
Broken Earnings Tab
by catieche on 2019/09/09 09:35
Unfortunately the earnings tab is functioning just like the Upload tab. There’s nothing but a blank page with a red upload button. :(
Terrible
by bdnxjemwks on 2019/09/05 14:22
Every person who gave this app above 2 stars is a paid actor this app doesn’t let any pictures through and takes 3 days to tell you your pictures no good what a waste of time
Uploads disappear
by catholicthedestroyer on 2019/08/13 19:26
Every time I upload, it claims to upload initially, & then when I close the app & come back, nothing is there. I’ve been attempting to upload for almost a year on this app & nothing ever works
Great for uploads on the go
by MicheleMidnight on 2018/11/08 16:49
I went 4 stars only because the app is little limited. Otherwise I am very satisfied! PRO: The huge advantage IS being able to upload while on the road. As long as you have wifi or data, it works well. I have heard some people think it is compressing images, but when I double check on my computer, they look fine to me! That could be their device settings, not the app. It also updates earnings and sales, sometimes before I even get notification of a sale on my phone. Phone is set for notifications and not my iPad. Just an FYI, notifications seemed to blank out volume in spots when shooting video footage! CON: Does not have all the options of the browser version. I wish I could move photos to the published folders on the app! Still logging in computer for management.
Basics are good but lots of UX issues
by Pw95 on 2020/08/08 19:54
Overall the app is a great idea. Yet, lots of problems still. Would say this is a MVP at best. 1. Let me work on more than 10 pictures at the time. 2. Let me copy keywords. 3. Let me not just save multiple at the time but also submit them all at once. UX on this is pretty disappointing. 4. App crashes frequently or tries to upload for several days (not a network issue, other apps uploading don’t have issues and tested connection) saying “starting upload...” as it is loading...for hours per picture. 5. Why can’t I change profile settings (such as payment details) in the app? It’s always opening a browser window. If I keep getting redirected to the website I can just use my browser from the start and skip the app. Please take this feedback into consideration and make some serious improvements to the app, for the benefit of you (Shutterstock) and me (user/customer). Would be very appreciated!
Sell your photos
by daffy1108 on 2020/04/24 05:25
For those wishing to make a little side money on their hobby of photography , contributor by shutter stock is one avenue. However their strict standards can be quite annoying. Must have a release for so many things : public buildings like Eiffel Tower, or even someone’s home. Peoples faces that can be recognized also requires release. Brand names like Coke or McDonalds require release. So far only made a few dollars with some photos. Will continue uploading more photos and see if there can be small compensation for my time and efforts.
A waste of my time
by Courtney Stroup on 2021/05/01 14:34
I honestly just regret wasting so much time uploading images just for them not to be approved for things that have absolutely no relevance to the image it’s self. Example: image with a clear and noticeable focal point that is in focus - you can identify details effortlessly with in the image - color correction is on point - composition is fitting for subject - image was not overly compressed or adjusted in post - they will then sit there and not approve it for being out of focus yet every single other sites I have used had no issue with this with the same images. I sell my photography as prints regularly, never once had the issues I’m having with shutterstock. Such a waste of my time. Who ever or what ever does the reviewing process failed miserably and I’m not bothering with it again. Too much work. Found a better option. 👍🏻
They must have let all there best staff go and kept all the idiots to review the pictures
by Rugby Players don't need Pads on 2020/11/03 04:23
This used to get a great site to sell photos, but they seem to only have idiots reviewing photos now. Probably not enough staff left or the only staff left are idiots. Basically I’m using shutterstock for the second time after previously deleting my old account. I’ve tried uploading my old photos from my old account only to have tons and tons of photos rejected that had been previously been accepted on my old account, and not only that made a lot of money too. Seriously think either shutterstock don’t want my photos to sell and earn money, or COVID-19 meant they had to lay off all their best staff, and kept all the idiot Mong’s who are being paid in buttons. Absolutely clown outfit of a company
It’s ok I guess
by evanbuck on 2020/01/31 04:39
The app is very very strict. Sometimes as a photographer we like to get creative with our images and sometimes the look we’re going for might have some grain or the main subject might be out of focus, which was intentional. More recently it hasn’t been letting me upload pictures saying they aren’t more than 4mp. I know for a fact my DSLR shoots way above 4mp even after post production editing it still looks crisp and clear. And in the past they’ve uploaded just fine use the same camera, editing software, everything remained the same I’m not sure if this is a bug or what. Haven’t received much of a payout either. kind of wasting my time, money, and gas to go shoot what they recommend sells for each month.
Not very useful
by glitchykitten on 2021/07/29 21:12
There is a very low approval rate for images, and they get rejected for all sorts of reasons, some of which don’t even apply. One photo I submitted got rejected for one, very specific, reason. I fixed the issue and resubmitted it. The second time it got rejected for two new issues. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if you actually made a decent amount of money from the photos that do get accepted, but you really don’t. I’ve never made any money off the photos they’ve accepted, even after being up for months. If you want the possibility to earn a few cents after submitting hundreds of photos over the course of months, go for it. But if you want to use it to make money, look elsewhere.
High Unapproved Rating
by Chitanian on 2019/02/24 09:03
Too many pics don’t get approved because the title is not descriptive enough, or supposedly not in english, even though it is. Or title doesn’t describe the image. We are artists, we title a picture how we feel like it should be titled. As a creator, song writer, photographer, producer, it just bothers me that a majority of my pictures get declined because of the title.. It should be based on the quality of the photo, not the title or description. Two people could see the same image and title it and describe it in two different ways.. and I don’t see a rename title or rewrite a description feature to update it once it gets declined. I just get frustrated because most of my pictures get declined for the wrong reasons. Very few seem to have legitimate reasons to be declined.
A waste of time and effort.
by Eli_Fitzgerald on 2022/01/04 15:21
The app came up in a job listing as a website. So I wondered if it was an app and, sure enough, it was. So I downloaded it because it would be easier for me to use than a website. The good thing about this app is that I can work on multiple photos at a time; like while one is being loaded onto the app I can type a description and such for a photo that’s already loaded. I went onto it once I got the notification that my photos have been reviewed, expecting that all of my photos would be ok. (considering that I have NO nudity, gore, brand names, or anything else that could be bad in any of the photos) However, this was not the case. I had uploaded 17 photos and all of them got rejected for reasons that didn’t seem to apply to my photos. I even had one that said I had a logo in it, when I didn’t. Then, right afterward, I went into the reviews of the app to see if this is a common occurrence. Apparently it is, and it really frustrates me. I’ve also read that this app doesn’t even give you much money for the photos that actually work. Overall, don’t buy this app.
Mason C.
by cmason05 on 2018/11/01 22:00
Hi, I recently started and I am a contributor and I just had some ideas the would make other contributors more efficient. One of the ideas was about the sets I know can see the sets but I wish we could put photos on that set and edit them. It would save a lot of time by not going online. The last idea I had was to see like how many images are pending on approval and stuff like that. I would like it to be more like the online version. I hope you make these changes shortly. :)
Photo Approval
by lpich94 on 2020/07/09 00:04
I feel like it’s extremely difficult to get photos approved based on posterization among other reasons. Most everyone uses photo editing tools to enhance brilliance or any other defects that occur based on the fact many of these photos are currently being taken on iPhones or other smart phones which have the ability to capture great picture now a days. I understand if the photo is inferior based on megapixels but I have a hard time understanding how 80-90% of the photos are rejected for other reasons than that when I am able to sell the same photos I am providing to you which I blew up to a 20 x 30 and looked great quality wise. Thank you for your time. Regards Loïc
I intentionally submitted a grainy picture,they labeled it out of focus. Don’t go here
by nealj121 on 2022/01/14 09:31
Please take this from someone who does this all day long… Shutterstock is the worst of the worst when it comes to stock footage websites. They used to be reasonable but when they had a merger few months back everything has gone down hill. I am on 13 stock photo websites including exclusive ones. I used to think dreamstime was the worst but that changed over last few months. Shutter has been rejecting more and more photos for reasons that don’t make sense. I will put that same picture on other markets with no issues. I will take that same photo, resubmit it, and have no issues. I don’t make any changes to it. The review team is incredibly inconsistent and I’m pretty sure has no sense of what they are doing. I have complained. I have… they don’t care. Customer service said they are changing policies too much and that could be why. Apparently that makes sense to them… I intentionally submitted a grainy picture… they labeled it out of focus.
Couldn’t upload photo
by use my code to sign up on 2019/04/15 21:06
I tried many times to upload my photo but the app kept making me fail due to redundant keywords. When i was uploading my photo it says that I can add up to 50 keywords so I did 49 and hit the submit and failed message appeared. So i cut half of my keywords and saved submitted again but still kept failing. Then restarted app tried again failed again. Decided to decrease my keywords to 10 but still kept showing me redundant keywords message. Then visited help center which says app uploading process may delayed so I could try some time later. I tried an hour later again and still failing to submit my photo. That’s what it is.
Unnecessary additional compression to photos
by Sterling LeCour on 2019/07/18 23:05
I check every photo I intend to upload before I do so, so I don’t get a photo not approved with a “subject not in focus” explanation when I get it back. I uploaded a picture to see if it changed the quality and sure enough, it did. And not just by a little. I took two screenshots of the same photo: one in the photos app of my tablet, and one in the Contributor app. The screenshot I took while I was in the photos app of my tablet was zoomed in quite a bit more than the one in the contributor app and was nearly crystal clear still while the one in the app was clearly blurry. If this gets addressed I may update my review. Until then, I’ll use something else.
Uploaded pictures are downgraded
by Patriot65108 on 2017/11/23 00:57
So I’ve made several attempts to submit some pictures online and using this app. So far, all my pictures got rejected due to noise/grain, etc. I took the time to pull up the pictures that were uploaded and compared it to the original on my phone and computer. It appears that during the upload either the picture is compressed or converted to their proprietary format because the uploaded pictures are definitely not as crisp and clear and have more jaggies and “noise” then the originals. If this happens at upload then how in the heck is someone is even able to submit anything besides massive 10G or bigger sized files without being rejected? What a waste of time.
Literally useless
by matt elkins photography on 2020/09/10 18:02
I’ve honestly gave this app a couple tries meaning three or four and I really really want to like the idea of this style app especially as a photo journalist and a photographer who has a full-time business but the problem is for me getting an image approved and l no matter what image I sent them they say that it’s either copyright ,there is noise ,it’s out of focus etc. Lol I guess this is the last tryJust to see if it would work this time but now every single image I try to upload failed. I mean how can you have noise when you’re shooting with Leica q or a 5D Mark III on L series lenses in broad daylight at ISO 100 it doesn’t happen lol
Not great. Not terrible.
by TowerDefenseGirl on 2018/02/08 00:43
I only use this to review my sales and to put in the tags and other info prior to submitting if I haven't had a chance to do that from my computer. I always upload from my laptop, but then again, I don't upload pictures I took with my phone because they just aren't very good. I tend to use the app for quick reviews of sales and go through safari on my phone if I really want to see info on the go. The app is lacking and the full site has much richer content and is way easier to use. I still have the app and use it so that's why it gets three stars. If there was way more info and a better way to view your photos, sales, analytics, etc. then I would be pretty excited. Add more info please!
Just one big THANK YOU
by BetiBup33 on 2018/10/29 10:50
When I started a few years ago with an active job about photography and illustrations. The big dilemma has always been to do business locally with some store or online, through the Stock Agency ... By analyzing the market, I found that ShutterStock is the best agency for me. I am here, we have been mourning for mutual satisfaction for many years and I am using this opportunity to thank you. Just keep up. Thank you for hanging with Us.
Dissatisfied
by J.Kenneth on 2021/11/29 01:23
Went to broadcasting school and wanted to upload some pictures but every single pic I uploaded was rejected. I’m not a pro in any field but thought it would be something I would enjoy and was very dissatisfied and disappointed in the service because of over 60 rejections. I even tried dating pics from Google pics and I use an IPhone 12 Pro but everything was sent back as an error or blur even art images created as effects. This is not a user friendly app for just anyone it is only for true photographers and professionals in the photo industry I think.
Doesn’t Deserve One Star
by Sam Jean I Am on 2020/11/13 16:02
Uploaded great content for nature and outdoors. They rejected them all. Funny thing is I get more compliments on my nature outdoor photos on other platforms than this place. It’s been an automatic reject. Like how? Sure my photos are from my phone, and their easy to see. I will be deactivating my account, don’t waste your time on a company that can’t take your photos serious. All the hard work you put in is not worth then saying it needs this and doesn’t have that. Every photo we do is our own art. People that may work for them don’t understand that.
What type of system do you people have?
by In game name : smauug on 2020/03/29 02:02
Why are photos being rejected for not being “descriptive enough” or, “don’t explain the subject?” Or “it isn’t written in English” when it is! I am very annoyed by this I tried to upload my first photo which was a heart, that was burning in a blue flame. I put the description as “Blue burning heart symbolizing not all hearts break immediately, they slowly burn.” Which was definitely descriptive enough. Please just review your broken approval system.
Works but could be improved
by megafon38 on 2019/10/09 23:35
In general it is great to be able to upload, work on and submit the photos directly from the phone, especially for those contributing phone photos. However, the photos can only be uploaded one by one. It would be great if there was a possibility to submit multiple photos at the same time.
Works good most of the time
by Snap free on 2019/10/18 14:37
It seems that the access and features come and go, other than that I have enjoyed the ability to look at recent sales... when they are updating properly. I wish the app did more in the way of showing my portfolio activity.
It works fine, but. . .
by radiojla on 2018/03/21 15:04
The app is great for submitting new photos after I have uploaded from my desktop, and checking your activity, it is easy to use, it allows you to see your portfolio, but it does not allow you to make any changes in the portfolio, or add or delete keywords. I find it easer to use the app for submitting images.
Image Guidelines
by Nate ✌🏻 on 2019/12/06 00:06
I’m giving this three stars because some of the guidelines of a clear image are absolutely ridiculous. An image taken on a phone isn’t always going to be 100% clear. I mean, images that have literally any obstruction weather it be clouds or other things get rejected even though it’s a good picture. I apologize for not having the funds to afford a $3000 camera and $2000 worth of equipment for a “perfect” picture.
Delete account
by Choir chick on 2018/07/02 03:52
I began the registration to become a contributor however I am not comfortable with sending in a photo of my personal ID/passport. After finding the only way to deactivate my account was to go to the Contact Us page and having none of the links work this is my last step. :/ Why you actually need a picture of my photo ID with all of my personal information is a little risky. Makes me feel like it’s a scam. It may not be but I’m not taking the chance.
Automated crap
by F**king gay on 2017/08/03 20:00
The App uses some algorithm that expects every part of the picture to be perfectly in focus. So you can't have any lens flares, no blurry backgrounds. So you can't get creative and make anything unique... It won't even let me upload a close up of a cat face. The cat is black and white so it thinks the photo is under or over exposed, Yet the picture is perfectly in focus. And don't try any filters or camera tricks because it won't allow those either. The A.I this uses is complete garbage... and I had such hopes for it too.
More work than it’s worth
by kkradel on 2018/07/23 17:51
After uploading, writing captions, keywording, etc. for a number of images they were all rejected not for image quality but because of the captions. In this instance, instead of giving the option to edit the caption the resubmit, the app forces a complete do-over. Besides being an experienced photographer, I am also a writer, and a QA Engineer, so I’m not sure what the problem was with the captions. I decided to no longer upload images rather than do so much work for pennies.
Way better than the website
by Bluerw on 2017/11/08 16:18
As a new contributor I found the website somewhat cumbersome and difficult to use. This app makes it so easy to upload pictures photos and track my portfolio.
Just Average
by KarinMighty on 2019/07/26 06:37
I’d give this app another star or two if Shutterstock provided an option to view it on a black background with white text. The app was much easier for me to read before Shutterstock “upgraded” to the current white background with black text. Lots of contributors complained & asked for the option, but a year later, here we are still waiting.
Difference of opinions
by Coblepot on 2020/04/30 06:03
I had several images declined for reasons I disagreed with and I had no way to dispute them. Images that it was said to have visible trademarks in them did not and images were taken exactly the way they were intended to were rejected in what I can only call a difference of opinion. But they have no way to dispute their opinions. So whether you submit an image as you want it to be viewed the sites opinion can differ wildly.
Good challenge for photographers
by MANUW&G on 2019/10/14 14:47
Only 25 cents per picture usually. However it’s been a great learning curve and challenge to understand what people are looking for to purchase. Usually shutterstock helped me become a better photographer.
The app is good, but Shutterstock?
by pbacorey on 2020/05/26 23:34
Have uploaded a couple times in there only to get a message back stating that my descriptions were not accurate pertaining to the images supplied. I assure you, the descriptions are accurate. If Shutterstock reviewers were at each location, that would be one thing, but I highly doubt they were. That being said, the concept of this app is pretty cool, but Shutterstock blanket-flagging my images stating that the descriptions were inaccurate after the extreme amount of time I wasted to coordinate all the information and upload, I’ll just market my images elsewhere where more care will be given to the review process. Thanks for wasting my time, Shutterstock. Good riddance.
This whole app is fake
by FalaRome on 2020/03/17 01:03
I have uploaded one of my photos made in Hungary during twilight as my first work on Shutterstock. I have waited for admins review not too long. The very next day all 13 photos were disapproved for literally the same reason - main subject is not in focus, motion blur... or technical limitation of the equipment used. Ha, very nice! Considering I am using Nikon Z6. Well, Shutterstock, take these images as a gift!
Dissatisfied
by Giner13 on 2020/07/18 13:37
Takes a while to get everything ready for upload & submission, then you get told that submissions are denied for various ridiculous reasons. Description not in English (when it obviously is!), description must be clear & relevant to subject, etc...this seems to be a waste of my time!! I agree with other low ratings.
Thanks, however...
by LKwryter on 2020/01/11 20:05
Whatever automated review process this app uses is often off the mark. “Main image is out of focus” comes up a lot for photos that are CLEARLY in PERFECT focus. It’s is quite annoying. They say to just resubmit if you don’t agree with a rejection, but land sakes, it’s far too *tyme consuming to resubmit all the pictures they reject for highly invalid reasons!
Easy to use, makes earning a breeze!
by willyb311 on 2018/02/18 15:32
Simple to use app, easy to understand and navigate, also easy to see how your photos are doing and how much you’re earning. It’s actually fun to use!
SS Screws Contributors
by Fishingtonboy on 2021/07/03 23:28
Shutterstock is one a handful of stock agencies that have done all they can to make money at the expense of their contributors. Their aggressive pricing over the last couple of decades has done irreparable damage to the stock photo industry. In most cases, they pay photographers $0.10 when they license an image. Yes you read that correctly, 10 cents. Put another way, you need to license 1000 photos to make $100. Ouch.
Simple and Easy
by Jenkies111 on 2018/07/15 10:44
Easy to upload my photos and submit for review. Get notifications when my context has been reviewed and am able to see clearly what was approved and what wasn’t.
Some evaluations not accurate
by Tango Papa Tango on 2019/07/24 00:27
Some of the evaluations are not accurate. Focus being the biggest one. Copyrights and trademarks being strictly enforced I get completely but some of the pictures rejected for being out of focus are spot on. Having said that I would say overall this is a great app and well designed.
love it!
by dimarastudio on 2019/10/04 18:34
The app is very simple and very easy to use. None of the competitors have something similar. I love using it, sometimes I prefer using the app rather than than the website.
Not enough pay
by Insertcrysis on 2018/09/12 01:16
I understand you can build a “lifetime” sold bracket which gets you a little more $ per photo sold, but .25$ per photo is not fair by the slightest. I guess I don’t understand how one makes money on this app, by the time you take the photos, edit, upload, descriptions, keywords, releases ect, there no way to make a profit when you receive 25 cents a photo
Functionality
by Fix this problem you hoeeeees on 2018/01/19 13:29
While it is more user friendly than other stock photography apps it is seriously lacking. You can not do much on the app. I would hope that in the future we could monitor our pending photos from the app. Also I wish we could manage our catalog from the app. It needs an update that allows us to do more on the app.
Terrible Attitude
by zlatenica on 2020/05/28 15:12
I absolutely disappointed in this company after cutting down royalties for their contributor during COVID crisis. Such an awful move considering the fact that for many people it’s now hard time and this income is the main one. Everything looks like Shutterstock decided to make money at contributors’ expense. But they are a foundation of this business! Shame on you.
Self Improvement
by tedtrimmer on 2021/10/16 05:18
Shutterstock allows a contributor to grow in their skill as a photographer or illustrator. I have become a better photographer by studying these articles.
More features please
by Quote737 on 2018/04/04 16:45
Overall the app works without glitches and has an attractive overall appearance. I wish there were a way to see graphs of which photos are selling when without having to scroll through each month of sales.
Good luck getting uploads approved
by Concept of Love on 2019/07/16 19:53
You can easily upload quality pics only for them to wait 1-3 days to reject it due to reasons that are irrelevant to the photo , I uploaded a simple picture of a bird clearly in focus with a blurred background and they will reject it due to object not in focus .... I don’t think these guys understand how photography actually works, avoid this site and upload to other trusted stock sites
Very Easy To Use
by mcrans on 2018/06/03 02:03
This app has been great. Very easy to use and rock solid. I’m able to upload images in on my computer and add tags and titles when time permits using the app.
Pointless - phone images never approved
by ftcpublications on 2017/08/27 19:52
Shooting with iPhone 7 plus. Only images I can get approved are taken with the professional SLR. Phone images are always disapproved citing the usual culprits of phone cameras, grainy (from the automatic ISO obviously). Review personnel are probably older/elderly in age with old fashioned points of view thinking stock images are still being used on paper billboards or posters where ISO artifacts still matter.
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Visual artists, photographers, and content creators- earn money in your creative field no matter where you are in the world. This is the shutterstock contributor app. We can't wait to showcase your incredible content, so you can earn money through your creative work. Made exclusively for approved shutterstock artists, upload new images to the platform directly on the app to earn money through your craft. Access the app to see how potential customers interact with your portfolio and uploaded content. Educate yourself on what's trending in the creative content world, and what visuals you should be creating and selling next. Image Submission Made Easy Upload and submit images straight from your phone. It's that easy to earn money on the go! Earnings & Activity Monitor your sales, as well as the performance of your creative portfolio and work. Customer Insights & Data See what's being downloaded from your portfolio, get notified when your images are being looked at, and see what customers are purchasing around the world. The more you know, the better! Not on shutterstock yet? Visit submit.shutterstock.com to apply now. We can't wait to have you be a part of our creative community.
I intentionally submitted a grainy picture,they labeled it out of focus. Don’t go here
by nealj121 on 2022/01/14 09:31
Please take this from someone who does this all day long… Shutterstock is the worst of the worst when it comes to stock footage websites. They used to be reasonable but when they had a merger few months back everything has gone down hill. I am on 13 stock photo websites including exclusive ones. I used to think dreamstime was the worst but that changed over last few months. Shutter has been rejecting more and more photos for reasons that don’t make sense. I will put that same picture on other markets with no issues. I will take that same photo, resubmit it, and have no issues. I don’t make any changes to it. The review team is incredibly inconsistent and I’m pretty sure has no sense of what they are doing. I have complained. I have… they don’t care. Customer service said they are changing policies too much and that could be why. Apparently that makes sense to them… I intentionally submitted a grainy picture… they labeled it out of focus.
A waste of time and effort.
by Eli_Fitzgerald on 2022/01/04 15:21
The app came up in a job listing as a website. So I wondered if it was an app and, sure enough, it was. So I downloaded it because it would be easier for me to use than a website. The good thing about this app is that I can work on multiple photos at a time; like while one is being loaded onto the app I can type a description and such for a photo that’s already loaded. I went onto it once I got the notification that my photos have been reviewed, expecting that all of my photos would be ok. (considering that I have NO nudity, gore, brand names, or anything else that could be bad in any of the photos) However, this was not the case. I had uploaded 17 photos and all of them got rejected for reasons that didn’t seem to apply to my photos. I even had one that said I had a logo in it, when I didn’t. Then, right afterward, I went into the reviews of the app to see if this is a common occurrence. Apparently it is, and it really frustrates me. I’ve also read that this app doesn’t even give you much money for the photos that actually work. Overall, don’t buy this app.
Disrespectful
by alicianicole2006 on 2021/12/28 19:08
I’ve never seen an app decline so many photos. I have uploaded 20 and only 3 approved. They denied several that are just amazing jaw dropping images. They declined one of close up with a blurred back ground. A close up with a white background was to. A sunset was declined as well. It’s a waste of time.
Disrespectful
by duckassbitch on 2021/12/23 18:25
I believe it is flat out disrespectful to say no to someone’s art. Art is a form of describing one’s self and if I can not be myself when taking photos then it’s bland dull and completely similar. Creative minds aren’t what have driven man kind to the engineering masters we are today. And now look at the senseless y creative and so similar.
Scammers and liars
by savage310 on 2021/12/15 09:37
They only want your credit card Than you will get charged forever, regardless of settings Chat support doesn’t exist Mail support doesn’t exist Have fun getting your money back
App works great Dont pay enough
by rgg008 on 2021/12/12 17:26
Really not worth the effort for what they pay these days
Excellent app for earnings with contents
by Max1816bd on 2021/12/07 18:51
Excellent app for earnings with contents. Easy to upload photos and get approval shortly.
Dissatisfied
by J.Kenneth on 2021/11/29 01:23
Went to broadcasting school and wanted to upload some pictures but every single pic I uploaded was rejected. I’m not a pro in any field but thought it would be something I would enjoy and was very dissatisfied and disappointed in the service because of over 60 rejections. I even tried dating pics from Google pics and I use an IPhone 12 Pro but everything was sent back as an error or blur even art images created as effects. This is not a user friendly app for just anyone it is only for true photographers and professionals in the photo industry I think.
Low Approval
by CaliPapi57 on 2021/11/17 14:21
Every single photo with description IN ENGLISH was rejected (One photo submitted twice) A Close up shot with blurred background was rejected for being out of focus when the main focal point is the sunflower. Title was appropriately labeled which was one of many reasons as well. People want raw images that they can purchase or use.
Won’t approve any of my images!?
by Future belle on 2021/11/12 13:27
This is the dumbest app ever! None of my images which are CLEAR and focused, sharp and professionally taken ever get approved! It says they are out of focus when it’s a photo of an entire scenery with nothing out of focus! This is dumb and I do not recommend this scam of an app to anyone! Waste of time! DELETE!
I see Why i did not like paying for shutter stock
by NickJohn5150 on 2021/11/07 17:42
It is nearly impossible to get a photo approved..edited or unedited. No matter what I have done. I hope it works well for others
Don’t waste your time
by binkxzy on 2021/10/27 18:41
I’ve put up over at least 8 different photos that where perfect in the eyes of thousands but to shutterstock it was not centered, they refuse to accept photos unless they fit there requirements, which destroys the uniqueness of photography
cannot register
by Tink483 on 2021/10/25 17:34
says my registration info is 'unacceptable'. But no details or reason.
Self Improvement
by tedtrimmer on 2021/10/16 05:18
Shutterstock allows a contributor to grow in their skill as a photographer or illustrator. I have become a better photographer by studying these articles.
So far so good
by I hate night owl on 2021/10/11 13:03
Watch lots of YouTube videos they are very helpful.
Upload feature
by Fishbloods Media on 2021/09/30 10:05
I give this a one star for lack of photo support. I have uploaded every photo possible (17) with every single one of them getting denied for grainy or out of focus. I am using a a7s I highly disagree with it being grainy.
Complicado que acepten una imagen
by lcinvestment on 2021/08/29 19:47
Muchas veces me ha pasado que tengo imágenes tomadas por mi y no me deja subirlas o me da problemas y no la sube pq tengan algún filtro o efecto
Waste of time usually.
by ri897098 on 2021/08/28 12:05
And the company is super woke. 👎
Bad rate
by 901QSR on 2021/08/26 13:29
Excepts 2/18 of my photos.
Stupid!
by joeparker1700 on 2021/08/06 14:36
Not approved “content contains visible brand names and logo”, what are you talking about it’s on Hollywood Sign! Stupid!
Not very useful
by glitchykitten on 2021/07/29 21:12
There is a very low approval rate for images, and they get rejected for all sorts of reasons, some of which don’t even apply. One photo I submitted got rejected for one, very specific, reason. I fixed the issue and resubmitted it. The second time it got rejected for two new issues. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if you actually made a decent amount of money from the photos that do get accepted, but you really don’t. I’ve never made any money off the photos they’ve accepted, even after being up for months. If you want the possibility to earn a few cents after submitting hundreds of photos over the course of months, go for it. But if you want to use it to make money, look elsewhere.
Terrible payouts
by lonestriker on 2021/07/19 22:55
Payout structures continue to get worse.
Easy and useful
by Nomad2019 on 2021/07/19 08:47
Easy for use with new member
Can’t upload
by Bakindor on 2021/07/09 02:00
Pictures can not able to upload. Still loading.. I don’t want to write a definition! One of my pictures denied due to trade mark visible ( it is just a yellow flower picture, there is no trade marks on the picture)
SS Screws Contributors
by Fishingtonboy on 2021/07/03 23:28
Shutterstock is one a handful of stock agencies that have done all they can to make money at the expense of their contributors. Their aggressive pricing over the last couple of decades has done irreparable damage to the stock photo industry. In most cases, they pay photographers $0.10 when they license an image. Yes you read that correctly, 10 cents. Put another way, you need to license 1000 photos to make $100. Ouch.
It’s better to have this app than not to have it
by 683710uniq on 2021/06/27 02:02
The app can’t handle videos, notes to the reviewer, or resubmissions of rejected photos. But it is worth having
Horrible
by lactosefreebish on 2021/06/25 02:05
I swear you can have so many beautiful pictures and ALL OF THEM will get rejected. I think this is just stupid and a huge waste of time. I have taken many beautiful photos which have all gotten rejected every time for some dumb reason
Pay
by Vahleru on 2021/06/15 22:40
Pay is awful and one of the reasons I have focused more on other platforms. Other photographers have followed suit unfortunately.
Easy to use app
by emperorpjoenix on 2021/06/10 18:00
Lovely and easy to navigate app
A waste of my time
by Courtney Stroup on 2021/05/01 14:34
I honestly just regret wasting so much time uploading images just for them not to be approved for things that have absolutely no relevance to the image it’s self. Example: image with a clear and noticeable focal point that is in focus - you can identify details effortlessly with in the image - color correction is on point - composition is fitting for subject - image was not overly compressed or adjusted in post - they will then sit there and not approve it for being out of focus yet every single other sites I have used had no issue with this with the same images. I sell my photography as prints regularly, never once had the issues I’m having with shutterstock. Such a waste of my time. Who ever or what ever does the reviewing process failed miserably and I’m not bothering with it again. Too much work. Found a better option. 👍🏻
Does the basics
by Run42km on 2021/04/19 20:50
The app does what it needs to do to for minimal productivity.
iPhone pictures
by shutterpaul on 2021/04/03 20:41
Are there any pictures from an iPhone that is acceptable? Everything I have ever uploaded has been rejected. I do not understand what I’m supposed to do.
To picky.
by SIM PLAYER 777BJ on 2021/03/31 22:14
This app is way to picky on what can be on this app. Just terrible. Will tell people not to use this app.
So frustrating
by georgiablank on 2021/03/23 13:14
It seems as though no pictures are good enough. It’s so not worth the time and effort
Must have for contributors!!
by 00fakenews00 on 2021/03/11 14:42
I love the app but can you guys add the video portion of submissions process please? Thanks
Waste of time
by roeckdog on 2021/02/13 18:31
Waste of time.
Horrible
by Looneygal on 2020/12/12 23:47
Didn’t approve any of my images. They were perfectly fine and taken with IPhone 11 Pro Max. Zero stars. Deleted.
Doesn’t Deserve One Star
by Sam Jean I Am on 2020/11/13 16:02
Uploaded great content for nature and outdoors. They rejected them all. Funny thing is I get more compliments on my nature outdoor photos on other platforms than this place. It’s been an automatic reject. Like how? Sure my photos are from my phone, and their easy to see. I will be deactivating my account, don’t waste your time on a company that can’t take your photos serious. All the hard work you put in is not worth then saying it needs this and doesn’t have that. Every photo we do is our own art. People that may work for them don’t understand that.
Unapproved
by Joe_poppa on 2020/11/12 15:25
I can’t seem to get anything approved. Maybe this is only for DSLR’s. I just take pics with my iPhone XSMax.
No notifications
by Abdullah Nashar on 2020/11/04 19:25
Hi there After your last update i’m not getting any notifications from the app ( of course the notifications are on for this app in the settings ) solve it out please
They must have let all there best staff go and kept all the idiots to review the pictures
by Rugby Players don't need Pads on 2020/11/03 04:23
This used to get a great site to sell photos, but they seem to only have idiots reviewing photos now. Probably not enough staff left or the only staff left are idiots. Basically I’m using shutterstock for the second time after previously deleting my old account. I’ve tried uploading my old photos from my old account only to have tons and tons of photos rejected that had been previously been accepted on my old account, and not only that made a lot of money too. Seriously think either shutterstock don’t want my photos to sell and earn money, or COVID-19 meant they had to lay off all their best staff, and kept all the idiot Mong’s who are being paid in buttons. Absolutely clown outfit of a company
Unapproved
by hajshdusns on 2020/10/04 18:45
I put 10 photos and they all got a no. All the photos are in focus and all of them don’t have anything wrong with them! Yet the review said that it was out of focus and something else was wrong with it. I’m no upset with this app.
Doesn’t work
by sjskskskjdjsu on 2020/09/30 06:59
This app doesn’t work
Literally useless
by matt elkins photography on 2020/09/10 18:02
I’ve honestly gave this app a couple tries meaning three or four and I really really want to like the idea of this style app especially as a photo journalist and a photographer who has a full-time business but the problem is for me getting an image approved and l no matter what image I sent them they say that it’s either copyright ,there is noise ,it’s out of focus etc. Lol I guess this is the last tryJust to see if it would work this time but now every single image I try to upload failed. I mean how can you have noise when you’re shooting with Leica q or a 5D Mark III on L series lenses in broad daylight at ISO 100 it doesn’t happen lol
Meh
by toofancytoo on 2020/09/08 20:20
Not super satisfied with the app not enough detailed guidelines on what is ok or not ok after the pictures you upload have been reviewed. Called in but there isn’t a contributors place to talk must email them regarding issues. App is lack luster for functionality. No explanations of how the release forms work. Meh
So frustrating.
by Mxndlsnsk on 2020/09/03 06:12
I never leave reviews but I had to for this. Almost every picture I try to post gets denied. For no good reason. Pictures of beautiful trees, flowers, nature, etc. got denied for “visible trademarks”, there were none at all! I posted almost 100 photos and only 2 were approved. I will not be using this app any longer.
Basics are good but lots of UX issues
by Pw95 on 2020/08/08 19:54
Overall the app is a great idea. Yet, lots of problems still. Would say this is a MVP at best. 1. Let me work on more than 10 pictures at the time. 2. Let me copy keywords. 3. Let me not just save multiple at the time but also submit them all at once. UX on this is pretty disappointing. 4. App crashes frequently or tries to upload for several days (not a network issue, other apps uploading don’t have issues and tested connection) saying “starting upload...” as it is loading...for hours per picture. 5. Why can’t I change profile settings (such as payment details) in the app? It’s always opening a browser window. If I keep getting redirected to the website I can just use my browser from the start and skip the app. Please take this feedback into consideration and make some serious improvements to the app, for the benefit of you (Shutterstock) and me (user/customer). Would be very appreciated!
Contributer
by bressing on 2020/08/04 00:26
You never get any downloads even if the pictures are amazing.
Rejection rate too high
by C@l\/!n on 2020/07/29 12:42
This app is trash. The rejection rate is too high and the reason for rejection doesn’t match the quality of the photos submitted. Try something else.
Stupid
by Dakodes on 2020/07/27 21:56
Most stupid app I’ve ever dealt with. Will delete it after this review is submitted. They reject all your photos for stupid reasons. You have to literally spend 5 minutes per photo you upload describing it & hash tagging it only to have them reject it. Waist of time! Don’t download !
Horrible review process
by kahartley on 2020/07/20 04:33
Even in an untouched photo from an iPhone 11 with good quality, it sees the image as being grainy or altered. It’s not worth the time submitting a mobile photo through their review process unless you know how to trick their algorithm (as a bunch of their subpar photos that they have available show).
Dissatisfied
by Giner13 on 2020/07/18 13:37
Takes a while to get everything ready for upload & submission, then you get told that submissions are denied for various ridiculous reasons. Description not in English (when it obviously is!), description must be clear & relevant to subject, etc...this seems to be a waste of my time!! I agree with other low ratings.
Not free
by chelsey619 on 2020/07/15 00:58
It charged me 50 something dollars without telling me
Dramatically reduced payouts for contributors
by Johnny Toll on 2020/07/13 00:19
Shutterstock recently dramatically reduced the amount they pay contributors for their photos. I now make about 10 cents for most sales, whereas the previous minimum was 25 cents. That is more than a 50% cut! It is absolutely not worth uploading to their site anymore and I will likely be pulling all of my photos down.
Photo Approval
by lpich94 on 2020/07/09 00:04
I feel like it’s extremely difficult to get photos approved based on posterization among other reasons. Most everyone uses photo editing tools to enhance brilliance or any other defects that occur based on the fact many of these photos are currently being taken on iPhones or other smart phones which have the ability to capture great picture now a days. I understand if the photo is inferior based on megapixels but I have a hard time understanding how 80-90% of the photos are rejected for other reasons than that when I am able to sell the same photos I am providing to you which I blew up to a 20 x 30 and looked great quality wise. Thank you for your time. Regards Loïc
Nothing is enough
by staceyslc13 on 2020/07/08 20:11
I have been taking photos for a while now and I have sold some. The lighting is perfect. The picture is centered. I have stuff to remove the grain and make everything look super professional yet this app always has a problem with my pictures. It’s honestly there loss and I’m so done with this app.
Easy to stay up to date with submissions
by SacredNYC on 2020/07/08 18:24
Great app for you to keep up with submission, purchases, and your money.
The rates just dropped?
by fhsosnfi on 2020/07/03 22:00
Did the rates just drop without explanation
Lost its luster
by alan amithee on 2020/06/04 03:15
This app isn’t a very effective tool. I have only found it to be useful for checking earnings, which has especially been nothing to write home about, as of late. Not worth it!
1 star
by Zornichka on 2020/05/29 17:01
Too bad, shutterstock..
Used to love
by MattHodge on 2020/05/29 02:55
The new massive pay cut to contributors is horrible. I’d recommend other agencies over Shutterstock at the point.
A rubbish company
by LezAlot on 2020/05/28 17:04
Stealing from the poor and taking advantage of their contributors during this global pandemic is utterly reprehensible. As contributors we work HARD to make great content and now Shutterstock is rearing it’s greedy head and cutting contributor earnings by 50%. This is a useless app for a rubbish company. Take your talent and resources elsewhere.
Terrible Attitude
by zlatenica on 2020/05/28 15:12
I absolutely disappointed in this company after cutting down royalties for their contributor during COVID crisis. Such an awful move considering the fact that for many people it’s now hard time and this income is the main one. Everything looks like Shutterstock decided to make money at contributors’ expense. But they are a foundation of this business! Shame on you.
New Payout Standards
by Lobsterunit on 2020/05/27 16:47
I can not support a company or app that is screwing their creators over. Your new standards on payouts that is being released for June 2020 is unacceptable and perhaps the worst in the industry. Even more so with the VERY short notice you’ve given us. As you can prob already see you are going to get raked over the coals for this one. DO BETTER!
The app is good, but Shutterstock?
by pbacorey on 2020/05/26 23:34
Have uploaded a couple times in there only to get a message back stating that my descriptions were not accurate pertaining to the images supplied. I assure you, the descriptions are accurate. If Shutterstock reviewers were at each location, that would be one thing, but I highly doubt they were. That being said, the concept of this app is pretty cool, but Shutterstock blanket-flagging my images stating that the descriptions were inaccurate after the extreme amount of time I wasted to coordinate all the information and upload, I’ll just market my images elsewhere where more care will be given to the review process. Thanks for wasting my time, Shutterstock. Good riddance.
I really love this app
by MyloKylo on 2020/05/08 05:41
It’s simple and fun to use
Difference of opinions
by Coblepot on 2020/04/30 06:03
I had several images declined for reasons I disagreed with and I had no way to dispute them. Images that it was said to have visible trademarks in them did not and images were taken exactly the way they were intended to were rejected in what I can only call a difference of opinion. But they have no way to dispute their opinions. So whether you submit an image as you want it to be viewed the sites opinion can differ wildly.
Sell your photos
by daffy1108 on 2020/04/24 05:25
For those wishing to make a little side money on their hobby of photography , contributor by shutter stock is one avenue. However their strict standards can be quite annoying. Must have a release for so many things : public buildings like Eiffel Tower, or even someone’s home. Peoples faces that can be recognized also requires release. Brand names like Coke or McDonalds require release. So far only made a few dollars with some photos. Will continue uploading more photos and see if there can be small compensation for my time and efforts.
Photographer
by omexav on 2020/04/17 02:28
The app is being very complicated for me
Doesn’t support Shutterstock Video
by EDM24/7 on 2020/03/30 15:12
As a videographer, I would love to see the app brought into parity with the website, which supports video contributions
What type of system do you people have?
by In game name : smauug on 2020/03/29 02:02
Why are photos being rejected for not being “descriptive enough” or, “don’t explain the subject?” Or “it isn’t written in English” when it is! I am very annoyed by this I tried to upload my first photo which was a heart, that was burning in a blue flame. I put the description as “Blue burning heart symbolizing not all hearts break immediately, they slowly burn.” Which was definitely descriptive enough. Please just review your broken approval system.
This whole app is fake
by FalaRome on 2020/03/17 01:03
I have uploaded one of my photos made in Hungary during twilight as my first work on Shutterstock. I have waited for admins review not too long. The very next day all 13 photos were disapproved for literally the same reason - main subject is not in focus, motion blur... or technical limitation of the equipment used. Ha, very nice! Considering I am using Nikon Z6. Well, Shutterstock, take these images as a gift!
It’s ok I guess
by evanbuck on 2020/01/31 04:39
The app is very very strict. Sometimes as a photographer we like to get creative with our images and sometimes the look we’re going for might have some grain or the main subject might be out of focus, which was intentional. More recently it hasn’t been letting me upload pictures saying they aren’t more than 4mp. I know for a fact my DSLR shoots way above 4mp even after post production editing it still looks crisp and clear. And in the past they’ve uploaded just fine use the same camera, editing software, everything remained the same I’m not sure if this is a bug or what. Haven’t received much of a payout either. kind of wasting my time, money, and gas to go shoot what they recommend sells for each month.
Bad app
by lacacata on 2020/01/23 15:56
I can never
Won’t send me my email for confirmation
by Ig@Flypiratee on 2020/01/21 19:12
It won’t send me my email for confirmation I looked in the spam too and it still wasnt there. I pressed “resend email confirmation” and it still has never sent me my email. It wont let me use the app until I have the confirmation.
Easy to use set up.
by offerheat.com on 2020/01/18 00:13
Cool photo submitter and earnings checker.
Taking too long for review
by ajhae on 2020/01/12 04:18
Need to cut down on description section... no need to elaborate the pictures.. just look at the pictures it will explain it all😜
Thanks, however...
by LKwryter on 2020/01/11 20:05
Whatever automated review process this app uses is often off the mark. “Main image is out of focus” comes up a lot for photos that are CLEARLY in PERFECT focus. It’s is quite annoying. They say to just resubmit if you don’t agree with a rejection, but land sakes, it’s far too *tyme consuming to resubmit all the pictures they reject for highly invalid reasons!
Great app
by QCappReviews on 2019/12/28 03:52
Great app it needs some fixes on helping people sell photos.
Can't submit anything
by roblarson83 on 2019/12/21 01:10
This app is a waste of time. Everything gets rejected for one reason or another. Infront have to time play those games. I'll be deleting this waste of time app.
Nothing gets approved
by PetitePowaa on 2019/12/17 23:32
There’s no clear guideline to what gets approved. All my images have been declined and it’s just a waste of time.
Image Guidelines
by Nate ✌🏻 on 2019/12/06 00:06
I’m giving this three stars because some of the guidelines of a clear image are absolutely ridiculous. An image taken on a phone isn’t always going to be 100% clear. I mean, images that have literally any obstruction weather it be clouds or other things get rejected even though it’s a good picture. I apologize for not having the funds to afford a $3000 camera and $2000 worth of equipment for a “perfect” picture.
Watermarks
by scootlykins on 2019/11/29 14:28
There aren’t any water marks, but still denied. In one pic there are boats & they all have names. Is that the problem?
Missing tagging tool
by unknowndiver on 2019/11/20 07:40
I like how the app works but I feel that it's missing tagging tool for quicker uploads.
Worst reviews ever
by annie_hoy on 2019/11/12 08:52
I submitted Atleast 5 photos and they all weren’t excepted mostly because they had “film grain” or blur or something like that and I don’t understand because I don’t see anything blurry in the photos.
Worst app
by Kitchen mom on 2019/11/10 16:24
Serously a complete waste of time and unable to get anything approved. Such a horrible app and they constantly email you as if your image was approved and they want you to send to every one to advertise. Not a fan and will be deleting my account as well as the app
I love it
by Mrs_mercer on 2019/11/02 13:35
I love that it shows me how much money I’ve earned, and how it’s so simple to use. 👍🏾
Works good most of the time
by Snap free on 2019/10/18 14:37
It seems that the access and features come and go, other than that I have enjoyed the ability to look at recent sales... when they are updating properly. I wish the app did more in the way of showing my portfolio activity.
Stuck on address
by Mareedemuser69309522 on 2019/10/17 15:47
Every time I go to upload it sends me back to the address page and won’t let me continue
Good challenge for photographers
by MANUW&G on 2019/10/14 14:47
Only 25 cents per picture usually. However it’s been a great learning curve and challenge to understand what people are looking for to purchase. Usually shutterstock helped me become a better photographer.
Works but could be improved
by megafon38 on 2019/10/09 23:35
In general it is great to be able to upload, work on and submit the photos directly from the phone, especially for those contributing phone photos. However, the photos can only be uploaded one by one. It would be great if there was a possibility to submit multiple photos at the same time.
All submissions rejected
by Cory Farren on 2019/10/06 12:18
All my submissions have been rejected for blurry/noise in picture/subject not in focus. Looked at same images on a computer and they’re perfectly focused. More trouble than it’s worth.
love it!
by dimarastudio on 2019/10/04 18:34
The app is very simple and very easy to use. None of the competitors have something similar. I love using it, sometimes I prefer using the app rather than than the website.
Great Experience for a new photographer
by 40 runner on 2019/09/23 13:57
Really enjoying getting feedback on the photos, would like more tips on how to make the photo that was rejected better.
Nothing
by sangewasit on 2019/09/19 16:13
Not getting any sales
123 wow!
by Bowlingranny2 on 2019/09/12 04:42
Awesome website, I love being a contributor there.
Broken Earnings Tab
by catieche on 2019/09/09 09:35
Unfortunately the earnings tab is functioning just like the Upload tab. There’s nothing but a blank page with a red upload button. :(
Terrible
by bdnxjemwks on 2019/09/05 14:22
Every person who gave this app above 2 stars is a paid actor this app doesn’t let any pictures through and takes 3 days to tell you your pictures no good what a waste of time
Uploads disappear
by catholicthedestroyer on 2019/08/13 19:26
Every time I upload, it claims to upload initially, & then when I close the app & come back, nothing is there. I’ve been attempting to upload for almost a year on this app & nothing ever works
Great for uploads on the go
by MicheleMidnight on 2018/11/08 16:49
I went 4 stars only because the app is little limited. Otherwise I am very satisfied! PRO: The huge advantage IS being able to upload while on the road. As long as you have wifi or data, it works well. I have heard some people think it is compressing images, but when I double check on my computer, they look fine to me! That could be their device settings, not the app. It also updates earnings and sales, sometimes before I even get notification of a sale on my phone. Phone is set for notifications and not my iPad. Just an FYI, notifications seemed to blank out volume in spots when shooting video footage! CON: Does not have all the options of the browser version. I wish I could move photos to the published folders on the app! Still logging in computer for management.
Basics are good but lots of UX issues
by Pw95 on 2020/08/08 19:54
Overall the app is a great idea. Yet, lots of problems still. Would say this is a MVP at best. 1. Let me work on more than 10 pictures at the time. 2. Let me copy keywords. 3. Let me not just save multiple at the time but also submit them all at once. UX on this is pretty disappointing. 4. App crashes frequently or tries to upload for several days (not a network issue, other apps uploading don’t have issues and tested connection) saying “starting upload...” as it is loading...for hours per picture. 5. Why can’t I change profile settings (such as payment details) in the app? It’s always opening a browser window. If I keep getting redirected to the website I can just use my browser from the start and skip the app. Please take this feedback into consideration and make some serious improvements to the app, for the benefit of you (Shutterstock) and me (user/customer). Would be very appreciated!
Sell your photos
by daffy1108 on 2020/04/24 05:25
For those wishing to make a little side money on their hobby of photography , contributor by shutter stock is one avenue. However their strict standards can be quite annoying. Must have a release for so many things : public buildings like Eiffel Tower, or even someone’s home. Peoples faces that can be recognized also requires release. Brand names like Coke or McDonalds require release. So far only made a few dollars with some photos. Will continue uploading more photos and see if there can be small compensation for my time and efforts.
A waste of my time
by Courtney Stroup on 2021/05/01 14:34
I honestly just regret wasting so much time uploading images just for them not to be approved for things that have absolutely no relevance to the image it’s self. Example: image with a clear and noticeable focal point that is in focus - you can identify details effortlessly with in the image - color correction is on point - composition is fitting for subject - image was not overly compressed or adjusted in post - they will then sit there and not approve it for being out of focus yet every single other sites I have used had no issue with this with the same images. I sell my photography as prints regularly, never once had the issues I’m having with shutterstock. Such a waste of my time. Who ever or what ever does the reviewing process failed miserably and I’m not bothering with it again. Too much work. Found a better option. 👍🏻
They must have let all there best staff go and kept all the idiots to review the pictures
by Rugby Players don't need Pads on 2020/11/03 04:23
This used to get a great site to sell photos, but they seem to only have idiots reviewing photos now. Probably not enough staff left or the only staff left are idiots. Basically I’m using shutterstock for the second time after previously deleting my old account. I’ve tried uploading my old photos from my old account only to have tons and tons of photos rejected that had been previously been accepted on my old account, and not only that made a lot of money too. Seriously think either shutterstock don’t want my photos to sell and earn money, or COVID-19 meant they had to lay off all their best staff, and kept all the idiot Mong’s who are being paid in buttons. Absolutely clown outfit of a company
It’s ok I guess
by evanbuck on 2020/01/31 04:39
The app is very very strict. Sometimes as a photographer we like to get creative with our images and sometimes the look we’re going for might have some grain or the main subject might be out of focus, which was intentional. More recently it hasn’t been letting me upload pictures saying they aren’t more than 4mp. I know for a fact my DSLR shoots way above 4mp even after post production editing it still looks crisp and clear. And in the past they’ve uploaded just fine use the same camera, editing software, everything remained the same I’m not sure if this is a bug or what. Haven’t received much of a payout either. kind of wasting my time, money, and gas to go shoot what they recommend sells for each month.
Not very useful
by glitchykitten on 2021/07/29 21:12
There is a very low approval rate for images, and they get rejected for all sorts of reasons, some of which don’t even apply. One photo I submitted got rejected for one, very specific, reason. I fixed the issue and resubmitted it. The second time it got rejected for two new issues. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if you actually made a decent amount of money from the photos that do get accepted, but you really don’t. I’ve never made any money off the photos they’ve accepted, even after being up for months. If you want the possibility to earn a few cents after submitting hundreds of photos over the course of months, go for it. But if you want to use it to make money, look elsewhere.
High Unapproved Rating
by Chitanian on 2019/02/24 09:03
Too many pics don’t get approved because the title is not descriptive enough, or supposedly not in english, even though it is. Or title doesn’t describe the image. We are artists, we title a picture how we feel like it should be titled. As a creator, song writer, photographer, producer, it just bothers me that a majority of my pictures get declined because of the title.. It should be based on the quality of the photo, not the title or description. Two people could see the same image and title it and describe it in two different ways.. and I don’t see a rename title or rewrite a description feature to update it once it gets declined. I just get frustrated because most of my pictures get declined for the wrong reasons. Very few seem to have legitimate reasons to be declined.
A waste of time and effort.
by Eli_Fitzgerald on 2022/01/04 15:21
The app came up in a job listing as a website. So I wondered if it was an app and, sure enough, it was. So I downloaded it because it would be easier for me to use than a website. The good thing about this app is that I can work on multiple photos at a time; like while one is being loaded onto the app I can type a description and such for a photo that’s already loaded. I went onto it once I got the notification that my photos have been reviewed, expecting that all of my photos would be ok. (considering that I have NO nudity, gore, brand names, or anything else that could be bad in any of the photos) However, this was not the case. I had uploaded 17 photos and all of them got rejected for reasons that didn’t seem to apply to my photos. I even had one that said I had a logo in it, when I didn’t. Then, right afterward, I went into the reviews of the app to see if this is a common occurrence. Apparently it is, and it really frustrates me. I’ve also read that this app doesn’t even give you much money for the photos that actually work. Overall, don’t buy this app.
Mason C.
by cmason05 on 2018/11/01 22:00
Hi, I recently started and I am a contributor and I just had some ideas the would make other contributors more efficient. One of the ideas was about the sets I know can see the sets but I wish we could put photos on that set and edit them. It would save a lot of time by not going online. The last idea I had was to see like how many images are pending on approval and stuff like that. I would like it to be more like the online version. I hope you make these changes shortly. :)
Photo Approval
by lpich94 on 2020/07/09 00:04
I feel like it’s extremely difficult to get photos approved based on posterization among other reasons. Most everyone uses photo editing tools to enhance brilliance or any other defects that occur based on the fact many of these photos are currently being taken on iPhones or other smart phones which have the ability to capture great picture now a days. I understand if the photo is inferior based on megapixels but I have a hard time understanding how 80-90% of the photos are rejected for other reasons than that when I am able to sell the same photos I am providing to you which I blew up to a 20 x 30 and looked great quality wise. Thank you for your time. Regards Loïc
I intentionally submitted a grainy picture,they labeled it out of focus. Don’t go here
by nealj121 on 2022/01/14 09:31
Please take this from someone who does this all day long… Shutterstock is the worst of the worst when it comes to stock footage websites. They used to be reasonable but when they had a merger few months back everything has gone down hill. I am on 13 stock photo websites including exclusive ones. I used to think dreamstime was the worst but that changed over last few months. Shutter has been rejecting more and more photos for reasons that don’t make sense. I will put that same picture on other markets with no issues. I will take that same photo, resubmit it, and have no issues. I don’t make any changes to it. The review team is incredibly inconsistent and I’m pretty sure has no sense of what they are doing. I have complained. I have… they don’t care. Customer service said they are changing policies too much and that could be why. Apparently that makes sense to them… I intentionally submitted a grainy picture… they labeled it out of focus.
Couldn’t upload photo
by use my code to sign up on 2019/04/15 21:06
I tried many times to upload my photo but the app kept making me fail due to redundant keywords. When i was uploading my photo it says that I can add up to 50 keywords so I did 49 and hit the submit and failed message appeared. So i cut half of my keywords and saved submitted again but still kept failing. Then restarted app tried again failed again. Decided to decrease my keywords to 10 but still kept showing me redundant keywords message. Then visited help center which says app uploading process may delayed so I could try some time later. I tried an hour later again and still failing to submit my photo. That’s what it is.
Unnecessary additional compression to photos
by Sterling LeCour on 2019/07/18 23:05
I check every photo I intend to upload before I do so, so I don’t get a photo not approved with a “subject not in focus” explanation when I get it back. I uploaded a picture to see if it changed the quality and sure enough, it did. And not just by a little. I took two screenshots of the same photo: one in the photos app of my tablet, and one in the Contributor app. The screenshot I took while I was in the photos app of my tablet was zoomed in quite a bit more than the one in the contributor app and was nearly crystal clear still while the one in the app was clearly blurry. If this gets addressed I may update my review. Until then, I’ll use something else.
Uploaded pictures are downgraded
by Patriot65108 on 2017/11/23 00:57
So I’ve made several attempts to submit some pictures online and using this app. So far, all my pictures got rejected due to noise/grain, etc. I took the time to pull up the pictures that were uploaded and compared it to the original on my phone and computer. It appears that during the upload either the picture is compressed or converted to their proprietary format because the uploaded pictures are definitely not as crisp and clear and have more jaggies and “noise” then the originals. If this happens at upload then how in the heck is someone is even able to submit anything besides massive 10G or bigger sized files without being rejected? What a waste of time.
Literally useless
by matt elkins photography on 2020/09/10 18:02
I’ve honestly gave this app a couple tries meaning three or four and I really really want to like the idea of this style app especially as a photo journalist and a photographer who has a full-time business but the problem is for me getting an image approved and l no matter what image I sent them they say that it’s either copyright ,there is noise ,it’s out of focus etc. Lol I guess this is the last tryJust to see if it would work this time but now every single image I try to upload failed. I mean how can you have noise when you’re shooting with Leica q or a 5D Mark III on L series lenses in broad daylight at ISO 100 it doesn’t happen lol
Not great. Not terrible.
by TowerDefenseGirl on 2018/02/08 00:43
I only use this to review my sales and to put in the tags and other info prior to submitting if I haven't had a chance to do that from my computer. I always upload from my laptop, but then again, I don't upload pictures I took with my phone because they just aren't very good. I tend to use the app for quick reviews of sales and go through safari on my phone if I really want to see info on the go. The app is lacking and the full site has much richer content and is way easier to use. I still have the app and use it so that's why it gets three stars. If there was way more info and a better way to view your photos, sales, analytics, etc. then I would be pretty excited. Add more info please!
Just one big THANK YOU
by BetiBup33 on 2018/10/29 10:50
When I started a few years ago with an active job about photography and illustrations. The big dilemma has always been to do business locally with some store or online, through the Stock Agency ... By analyzing the market, I found that ShutterStock is the best agency for me. I am here, we have been mourning for mutual satisfaction for many years and I am using this opportunity to thank you. Just keep up. Thank you for hanging with Us.
Dissatisfied
by J.Kenneth on 2021/11/29 01:23
Went to broadcasting school and wanted to upload some pictures but every single pic I uploaded was rejected. I’m not a pro in any field but thought it would be something I would enjoy and was very dissatisfied and disappointed in the service because of over 60 rejections. I even tried dating pics from Google pics and I use an IPhone 12 Pro but everything was sent back as an error or blur even art images created as effects. This is not a user friendly app for just anyone it is only for true photographers and professionals in the photo industry I think.
Doesn’t Deserve One Star
by Sam Jean I Am on 2020/11/13 16:02
Uploaded great content for nature and outdoors. They rejected them all. Funny thing is I get more compliments on my nature outdoor photos on other platforms than this place. It’s been an automatic reject. Like how? Sure my photos are from my phone, and their easy to see. I will be deactivating my account, don’t waste your time on a company that can’t take your photos serious. All the hard work you put in is not worth then saying it needs this and doesn’t have that. Every photo we do is our own art. People that may work for them don’t understand that.
What type of system do you people have?
by In game name : smauug on 2020/03/29 02:02
Why are photos being rejected for not being “descriptive enough” or, “don’t explain the subject?” Or “it isn’t written in English” when it is! I am very annoyed by this I tried to upload my first photo which was a heart, that was burning in a blue flame. I put the description as “Blue burning heart symbolizing not all hearts break immediately, they slowly burn.” Which was definitely descriptive enough. Please just review your broken approval system.
Works but could be improved
by megafon38 on 2019/10/09 23:35
In general it is great to be able to upload, work on and submit the photos directly from the phone, especially for those contributing phone photos. However, the photos can only be uploaded one by one. It would be great if there was a possibility to submit multiple photos at the same time.
Works good most of the time
by Snap free on 2019/10/18 14:37
It seems that the access and features come and go, other than that I have enjoyed the ability to look at recent sales... when they are updating properly. I wish the app did more in the way of showing my portfolio activity.
It works fine, but. . .
by radiojla on 2018/03/21 15:04
The app is great for submitting new photos after I have uploaded from my desktop, and checking your activity, it is easy to use, it allows you to see your portfolio, but it does not allow you to make any changes in the portfolio, or add or delete keywords. I find it easer to use the app for submitting images.
Image Guidelines
by Nate ✌🏻 on 2019/12/06 00:06
I’m giving this three stars because some of the guidelines of a clear image are absolutely ridiculous. An image taken on a phone isn’t always going to be 100% clear. I mean, images that have literally any obstruction weather it be clouds or other things get rejected even though it’s a good picture. I apologize for not having the funds to afford a $3000 camera and $2000 worth of equipment for a “perfect” picture.
Delete account
by Choir chick on 2018/07/02 03:52
I began the registration to become a contributor however I am not comfortable with sending in a photo of my personal ID/passport. After finding the only way to deactivate my account was to go to the Contact Us page and having none of the links work this is my last step. :/ Why you actually need a picture of my photo ID with all of my personal information is a little risky. Makes me feel like it’s a scam. It may not be but I’m not taking the chance.
Automated crap
by F**king gay on 2017/08/03 20:00
The App uses some algorithm that expects every part of the picture to be perfectly in focus. So you can't have any lens flares, no blurry backgrounds. So you can't get creative and make anything unique... It won't even let me upload a close up of a cat face. The cat is black and white so it thinks the photo is under or over exposed, Yet the picture is perfectly in focus. And don't try any filters or camera tricks because it won't allow those either. The A.I this uses is complete garbage... and I had such hopes for it too.
More work than it’s worth
by kkradel on 2018/07/23 17:51
After uploading, writing captions, keywording, etc. for a number of images they were all rejected not for image quality but because of the captions. In this instance, instead of giving the option to edit the caption the resubmit, the app forces a complete do-over. Besides being an experienced photographer, I am also a writer, and a QA Engineer, so I’m not sure what the problem was with the captions. I decided to no longer upload images rather than do so much work for pennies.
Way better than the website
by Bluerw on 2017/11/08 16:18
As a new contributor I found the website somewhat cumbersome and difficult to use. This app makes it so easy to upload pictures photos and track my portfolio.
Just Average
by KarinMighty on 2019/07/26 06:37
I’d give this app another star or two if Shutterstock provided an option to view it on a black background with white text. The app was much easier for me to read before Shutterstock “upgraded” to the current white background with black text. Lots of contributors complained & asked for the option, but a year later, here we are still waiting.
Difference of opinions
by Coblepot on 2020/04/30 06:03
I had several images declined for reasons I disagreed with and I had no way to dispute them. Images that it was said to have visible trademarks in them did not and images were taken exactly the way they were intended to were rejected in what I can only call a difference of opinion. But they have no way to dispute their opinions. So whether you submit an image as you want it to be viewed the sites opinion can differ wildly.
Good challenge for photographers
by MANUW&G on 2019/10/14 14:47
Only 25 cents per picture usually. However it’s been a great learning curve and challenge to understand what people are looking for to purchase. Usually shutterstock helped me become a better photographer.
The app is good, but Shutterstock?
by pbacorey on 2020/05/26 23:34
Have uploaded a couple times in there only to get a message back stating that my descriptions were not accurate pertaining to the images supplied. I assure you, the descriptions are accurate. If Shutterstock reviewers were at each location, that would be one thing, but I highly doubt they were. That being said, the concept of this app is pretty cool, but Shutterstock blanket-flagging my images stating that the descriptions were inaccurate after the extreme amount of time I wasted to coordinate all the information and upload, I’ll just market my images elsewhere where more care will be given to the review process. Thanks for wasting my time, Shutterstock. Good riddance.
This whole app is fake
by FalaRome on 2020/03/17 01:03
I have uploaded one of my photos made in Hungary during twilight as my first work on Shutterstock. I have waited for admins review not too long. The very next day all 13 photos were disapproved for literally the same reason - main subject is not in focus, motion blur... or technical limitation of the equipment used. Ha, very nice! Considering I am using Nikon Z6. Well, Shutterstock, take these images as a gift!
Dissatisfied
by Giner13 on 2020/07/18 13:37
Takes a while to get everything ready for upload & submission, then you get told that submissions are denied for various ridiculous reasons. Description not in English (when it obviously is!), description must be clear & relevant to subject, etc...this seems to be a waste of my time!! I agree with other low ratings.
Thanks, however...
by LKwryter on 2020/01/11 20:05
Whatever automated review process this app uses is often off the mark. “Main image is out of focus” comes up a lot for photos that are CLEARLY in PERFECT focus. It’s is quite annoying. They say to just resubmit if you don’t agree with a rejection, but land sakes, it’s far too *tyme consuming to resubmit all the pictures they reject for highly invalid reasons!
Easy to use, makes earning a breeze!
by willyb311 on 2018/02/18 15:32
Simple to use app, easy to understand and navigate, also easy to see how your photos are doing and how much you’re earning. It’s actually fun to use!
SS Screws Contributors
by Fishingtonboy on 2021/07/03 23:28
Shutterstock is one a handful of stock agencies that have done all they can to make money at the expense of their contributors. Their aggressive pricing over the last couple of decades has done irreparable damage to the stock photo industry. In most cases, they pay photographers $0.10 when they license an image. Yes you read that correctly, 10 cents. Put another way, you need to license 1000 photos to make $100. Ouch.
Simple and Easy
by Jenkies111 on 2018/07/15 10:44
Easy to upload my photos and submit for review. Get notifications when my context has been reviewed and am able to see clearly what was approved and what wasn’t.
Some evaluations not accurate
by Tango Papa Tango on 2019/07/24 00:27
Some of the evaluations are not accurate. Focus being the biggest one. Copyrights and trademarks being strictly enforced I get completely but some of the pictures rejected for being out of focus are spot on. Having said that I would say overall this is a great app and well designed.
love it!
by dimarastudio on 2019/10/04 18:34
The app is very simple and very easy to use. None of the competitors have something similar. I love using it, sometimes I prefer using the app rather than than the website.
Not enough pay
by Insertcrysis on 2018/09/12 01:16
I understand you can build a “lifetime” sold bracket which gets you a little more $ per photo sold, but .25$ per photo is not fair by the slightest. I guess I don’t understand how one makes money on this app, by the time you take the photos, edit, upload, descriptions, keywords, releases ect, there no way to make a profit when you receive 25 cents a photo
Functionality
by Fix this problem you hoeeeees on 2018/01/19 13:29
While it is more user friendly than other stock photography apps it is seriously lacking. You can not do much on the app. I would hope that in the future we could monitor our pending photos from the app. Also I wish we could manage our catalog from the app. It needs an update that allows us to do more on the app.
Terrible Attitude
by zlatenica on 2020/05/28 15:12
I absolutely disappointed in this company after cutting down royalties for their contributor during COVID crisis. Such an awful move considering the fact that for many people it’s now hard time and this income is the main one. Everything looks like Shutterstock decided to make money at contributors’ expense. But they are a foundation of this business! Shame on you.
Self Improvement
by tedtrimmer on 2021/10/16 05:18
Shutterstock allows a contributor to grow in their skill as a photographer or illustrator. I have become a better photographer by studying these articles.
More features please
by Quote737 on 2018/04/04 16:45
Overall the app works without glitches and has an attractive overall appearance. I wish there were a way to see graphs of which photos are selling when without having to scroll through each month of sales.
Good luck getting uploads approved
by Concept of Love on 2019/07/16 19:53
You can easily upload quality pics only for them to wait 1-3 days to reject it due to reasons that are irrelevant to the photo , I uploaded a simple picture of a bird clearly in focus with a blurred background and they will reject it due to object not in focus .... I don’t think these guys understand how photography actually works, avoid this site and upload to other trusted stock sites
Very Easy To Use
by mcrans on 2018/06/03 02:03
This app has been great. Very easy to use and rock solid. I’m able to upload images in on my computer and add tags and titles when time permits using the app.
Pointless - phone images never approved
by ftcpublications on 2017/08/27 19:52
Shooting with iPhone 7 plus. Only images I can get approved are taken with the professional SLR. Phone images are always disapproved citing the usual culprits of phone cameras, grainy (from the automatic ISO obviously). Review personnel are probably older/elderly in age with old fashioned points of view thinking stock images are still being used on paper billboards or posters where ISO artifacts still matter.
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