My photos are finally accepted at shutterstock. I do have images at dreamstime, but that’s easier to get in. You do not have to be accepted before you submit. Shutterstock is also one of the biggest of the stock sites. You can also try the other sites
My portfolio is at Shutterstock now. Have a look.
The reason it was so difficult for me to have been accepted was that at first, I didn’t know how to reduce noise.
I also didn’t realize a few things about proper focus.
Even composition was a problem at first.
Stock sites sell to advertisers and graphic artists. So try to remember your audience. They are different kinds of photos than those moody sunsets and sunrises.
To be accepted you must first register and then submit your 10 best photos. At least 7 of these must be accepted and after that you can submit one at a time.
Forget flowers and water drops and fireworks. They have enough of those.
1. Reduce noise
2. Edit sparingly – just auto tone, auto contrast and maybe a crop.
3. Expose well for the photos you submit. They seem to like bright exposures. The golden hours are probably not the best times to shoot your first lot of stock photos.
4. No people, unless you have a model release.
5. No logos
6. No private buildings without a property release form. So much for my Xmas lights shot!
7. Use things around the house, like food or drink or even shoes and use a white bit of cardboard on the floor (with adequate lighting)
8. Make those landscapes a bit interesting.
9. Enlarge each image to 100% and if you can see anything out of focus, forget it. They look at each submission at 100%. If it is a macro shot get the whole object in focus. There can still be depth of field after that.
10 Make one a background. Photograph a plain wall.
11. Keep it simple.
12. Don’t give up. You learn quite a bit about photography when they give you reasons for rejection. They are tough.
Prologue : a few more thoughts
Do not frame or use any copyright text on the photos.
Avoid any presets in Lightroom or any actions in Photoshop.
Do not change the white balance settings like you can in Lightroom.