How to make good money on Shutterstock and fund your Van Life - Part 2



Hey I'm back as promised but slightly later than planned with PART 2 of my 8 Part series on making money on shutter stock. If you have missed part one then no big deal it was only the introduction but you can check it out here...




So I won't waffle on I will just get on with the details to save everybody's time, This is what I will cover today.


PART 2 - Photo Requirements

- Video Requirements

- Equipment you will need

- How to get started with titles and Key wording

- How to research




PHOTO REQUIREMENTS


There are a few things you need to know before you start uploading your photos to Shutterstock or you could waste your time uploading and key wording all of your content for most of them to be rejected. Shutterstock is a huge professional company used by other huge professional companies so there are quite picky about the content they let on the site, this doesn't mean that you need to be an amazing professional photographer to get your content accepted onto the site but it does mean that you have to meet their photo requirements, choose the right categories to upload your content to and get any releases needed (if needed) before you upload.


If you haven't already set up a Shutterstock account please click the Shutterstock logo below to sign up and follow along.




File types - You can only upload JPEG or TIFF files, this is very good news as all cameras and phones will shoot JPEGS so there is no need to convert your files before uploading. There is no point in uploading TIFF files because as soon as you upload them they are converted to JPEGS straight away so it's better to convert them yourself to the quality of your choice if you have TIFF files to upload.










Resolution - All photos must be at least 4 megapixels, this is also good news as all decent modern cameras and phones take much higher quality photos than this now. For example the iphone 7 (it was released in 2016) has a 12 megapixel camera. One thing you should pay attention to though is cropping your photos too small, if you crop a tiny section out of a 12 megapixel photo it will be below 4 megapixels and will not meet the requirements.


File size - The maximum file size for a photo is 50MB. This is megabytes not megapixels as mentioned above, megabytes refers to the size of the file unlike megapixels that refers to the resolution. This is also something that you shouldn't really worry about unless you are a professional uploading huge files with lots of layers. Most of my highest quality JPEGS are only 10MB and most of my phone photos are about 2MB.


Releases - This is a pretty simple one, if you are uploading content for commercial use then you will need a model release for anybody that is in the photo and a property release for any recognisable building in the photo (I will go into much more detail on this in a later post). You can download the model release forms from the website, I will post links in the FACEBOOK GROUP to where you can download them.





If you are uploading content for editorial use you do not need any release forms at all, again I will go into much more detail on this in a later post.



Quality - When I say quality I don't mean resolution like above i mean the actual quality of the content of the image. There are a few photography faux pas that will get your images rejected


  1. Focus - You need to make sure the subject of your photo is fully in focus or it will be rejected.

  2. Exposure - Your photo needs to be exposed properly - Not enough light or too much light your image will be rejected

  3. Noise - If your image has too much digital noise your image will be rejected - This happens in dark or over edited images

  4. Ghosting - Faded quality of your image due to the position of the sun and on your lens

  5. Motion blur - When you take a picture of somebody and they move and the bit that moved is blurred

You will learn more about all of these in PART 5 of my series and how to perfect it. I have also started a FACEBOOK GROUP for everybody that is following this blog series. After every post I will post helpful videos and links for anybody that would like to learn more, answer any questions you might have and for general money making chit chat.




VIDEO REQUIREMENTS


Just like with the photos Shutterstock has requirements for its video clips too, this is what you need to know.


Releases - Just like above if you are uploading content for commercial use then you will need a model release for anybody that is in the clip and a property release for any recognisable building in the clip. I will post links to where you can download the releases in the FACEBOOK GROUP





File types - All footage should be prepared as QuickTime .mov or .Mp4 files. I will go into more details on this in PART 6 but your device is likely to shoot video in .mov













File size - You can upload video files up to 4GB. You will not need 4GB for a standard 4K clip so you should never need to worry about this.


Resolution - Resolution can be anything really but the better the resolution the more money the clip sells for. I would go for HD at the lowest and 4K when possible. Most new cameras and phones shoot in HD or 4K so you should no problems there.


Quality - Again when I say quality I don't mean resolution like above I mean the actual quality of the content of the clip. There are a few faux pas that will get your clips rejected.

  1. Focus - You need to make sure the subject of your clip is fully in focus or it will be rejected.

  2. Exposure - Your Video needs to be exposed properly - Not enough light or too much light your clip will be rejected

  3. Noise - If your image has too much digital noise your clip will be rejected - This happens in dark or over edited clips

  4. Shaky footage - shaky footage looks very unprofessional and will be rejected with out a doubt


Other video requirements (I will go over everything in much more detail over the coming weeks and in the facebook group)


Clips should be 10 - 60 secs long

Clips should have no audio

Clips should have a neutral colour grade to them








EQUIPMENT



So as I said above you don't really need much equipment to do this at all you could literally get away with just a decent smart phone and a laptop, at a push (and it would be awkward and fiddly) you could get away with just a phone.


If you want to make a real go at things though I would suggest getting yourself some proper decent equipment as it will make a huge difference to what you are able to shoot.



Bare Minimum - So as a bare minimum you will need


  • A decent smart phone that shoots 4K (most modern phones do this iphone have since the 6S

  • A laptop for editing and uploading your content


To check if your phone shoots in 4K please click the link below


CLICK HERE TO SEE IF YOUR PHONE SHOOTS IN 4K



A Decent Set Up - If you still only want to use your phone and not go for a full on camera I suggest getting all of these bits to make your videos look more professional.


  • A decent smart phone that shoots in 4K

  • A hand held gimbal stabiliser for your Phone

  • A tripod and tripod attachment for your phone

  • A laptop for editing and uploading

To Make A Go Of It - If you are thinking you want to make a proper go of things and create some Amazing Photos and stunning footage then you should try and get yourself a full set up so your options are endless. If you are already into photography or cinematography you might already have all the equipment needed too.





I will write a separate post with links to decent equipment that I recommend for all the options above and below and I will post it at the bottom of this post and in the group when it's done. But these are the basics.