How to Avoid Having your Photos Rejected


ShutterTalk has become a very popular live stream event were Shutterstock contributors can receive advice directly from Shutterstock’s staff themselves and ask questions.

Their next streaming workshop will be about ‘The 5 Most Common Photo Rejection Reasons – And How to Avoid Them’. It will take place on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 11am EST (find your local time here).

This episode will address the five most common rejection reasons for images submitted to Shutterstock. They will talk about why these rejections are so common and provide tips on how to avoid them in future submissions. Following the talk, you will also have an opportunity to ask questions in real-time.

To access this free workshop during the stream, sign up in the video player on this link:

Not yet a Stock Photographer?

Becoming a stock photographer is easier than you might think. The global stock photography market allows for your photos to be featured on websites, in magazine articles, newspapers, blogs and advertising. If you have a good understanding of  how ISO, aperture and shutter speed works, you will most likely have a good chance at being accepted to sites like

Having a good eye for composition and white balance is also important. A good stock photo should always have good lighting, composition, correct focusing and no visible noise. It is also important to keep an eye on visible trademarks within the photo. Recognizable people must always sign a model release.

1. Register your account

Start by registering your contributor account at: During the sign-up process you will be asked to upload a scan of your ID.

2. Read the Contributor Success Guide

Before uploading any images, it is important to read the Contributor Success Guide. This is a helpful basic introduction to stock photography. You can skip the parts about video and illustrations, if you only plan to submit photos.

3. Submit your 10 best photos

To qualify as a stock photographer, you will be asked to submit your 10 very best images. Seven of the ten submitted images must pass inspection by the image reviewing team. Make sure they all follow the basic guidelines in the Contributor Success Guide.

Don’t be discouraged if you are rejected. Some of the most successful contributors lso needed a couple of attempts. It is important to keep in mind that you are not being judged of being a good photographer, but rather judged if you have understood the basic requirements of the Contributor Success Guide.



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