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Selling Pictures Online - My Pictures were Accepted

Updated on August 29, 2010
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If you clicked through to this hub, chances are you read my previous two hubs where I talk a little about my intention to sell pictures online, and how I plan hope to generate some income from this activity. The First article, How To Sell Pictures for Beginners, and the second: I submitted my pictures, now what.

This hub, is My pictures were accepted (most of them anyway)! I submitted a few images to Bigstock Photo, and about four days later they were approved, all except for one where you could see the brand name of an old clock (this was my favorite picture, but no copyrights can be on your images!).

Feeling like I was on the right track I thought to myself, why to limit myself to just one micro stock photo site?

Next I uploaded the same images to Fotolia, where they are (one week later) still on the approval queue), that same day I uploaded my images to Shutterstock.

Shutterstock reviewed my 10 images within 24 hours, they were by far the quickest reviewres of all the sites, but unfortunately my images were not good enough for Shutterstock.

Why did Shutterstock reject my Pictures?

Initially I got kind of mad, I must admit that, but after reading the explanation that came along with the rejected image, I quickly realized that there is room for improvement, and that is what I plan to do, so that my pictures are accepted next time I submit new images to Shutterstock.

Six of my pictures to Shutterstock were rejected for the following two reasons:

1- Poor Lighting; white balance may be incorrect.

2-Composition: limited commercial value due to framing, cropping and or composition. After reading further trying to understand why exactly my images were rejected, the Shutterstock blog said that framing or cropping are a big reason why pictures are rejected, sometimes extra space, like sky, or white background is a good thing because designers buying images are always looking for extra space where to write some text. My images were cropped very tightly around the main subject on my photo.

There is a 30 day waiting period before you can submit new images to Shutterstock if you didn’t get at least 7 out of 10 approved the first time, so I will use this next month to educate myself, practice, and take better photographs.

What Happened during the last two weeks?

I got my first and second batch of images approved on Bigstock Photo. I have a batch of images waiting for approval on Fotolia, and had my first batch of images rejected by Shutterstock.

Like I said before, I will use the next month to continue taking photos, learning, and hopefully improving. At this point I am waiting for my first sale to happen!


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    • G.Uriarte profile image

      G.Uriarte 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hi Zoey, thanks for your comment, I have been taking random pictures of just about anything; but I should probably focus on taking pictures that are on high demand!

    • zoey24 profile image

      zoey24 7 years ago from South England

      This was a interesting hub, what sort of photo's are you selling to these sites?