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Which Is Best for Selling Photos, Adobe Stock or Shutterstock?

Amateur Photographers

As someone just starting out as a photographer there are some things you need to know and equipment you will need to have to start your journey as a photographer.

If you have a DSLR camera, which is a digital camera with interchangeable lenses. However if your smart phone has a very good camera, you can also use that. Samsung has the best cameras, but the iPhone is more dependable at saving your photos.

You will need a tripod, even if have all of your photos are set on automatic there will be shake from your hands that can lead your photos to be out of focus. Out of focus photos will not be accepted by any photo selling app, no matter how cute your pictures are. These photos will need to have the ability to be blown up much larger than they had in the past to be used.

DSLR Camera or Your Phone

A tripod

Light reflectors

A photo editing program would come in handy.

Lights can help.

This is a picture of dog after she got dirt in her eyes. She's fine by the way.

This is a picture of dog after she got dirt in her eyes. She's fine by the way.

This Photo

Both Stutterstock and Adobe stock only take pictures that are JPG. If your photos are too large, say you accidentally set it to raw or your JPG images are too small they will be automatically rejected.

Which leads me to this photo of my dog, it was rejected by shutter stock because they accepted a similar photo that they liked better. Adobe stock claims that it's too small to be uploaded to their site. Adobe is incorrect, it's the same size of every other photo they have accepted. It's also in focus, because if it weren't shutter stock would have told me so.

Butterfly On a Leaf

This in focus photo was rejected by both, I have a similar photo for sale.

This in focus photo was rejected by both, I have a similar photo for sale.

Adobe Stock Pays more

Adobe Stock only accepts technically perfect photos, so does Shutterstock. However Adobe is mostly used by ad agencies, newspapers and other professionals who pay more for their services and thus you make more from the photos you sell. Shutterstock is cheaper and geared more to regular people who are looking for good photos for their blogs and online articles. They cost less, so you make less.

Store in Saint Clairsville

rejected for being out of focus. I took this photo because I love the style of the blue dresser and I adore painting and decorating with interesting designs and pieces.

rejected for being out of focus. I took this photo because I love the style of the blue dresser and I adore painting and decorating with interesting designs and pieces.

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How Long does it take to be approved?

Adobe stock says it will take a few days, and the longer it takes the more likely they are to approve your photos. It took up to four days for them to approve my photos. The pictures that were rejected straight away only took a day or two.

Shutterstock tells you on their site that they take up to five days to review your photos. My experiences are much different, they seem to only take 10 to 24 hours. They over deliver when it comes to turnaround time.

I took this photo in an antique store.

I took this photo in an antique store.

Who is best for Editorial?

Editoral might be a photo of a brand or an event where people are gathered like a riot or a parade. Anything where you can't ask for a release of the subjects in the photo.

Adobe will not let you upload these photos until you have had 100 downloads of your photos. I'm just starting out, so I'm not going to have 100 downloads for a long time.

Shutterstock does you allow you to post editorials, but their rules are confusing, so I'm yet to be accepted, which means I think they are both a wash.

Rejected for bing out of focus, but it was too cute not to share.  She jumped at the camera, dwarfing her legs and making her head look huge.

Rejected for bing out of focus, but it was too cute not to share. She jumped at the camera, dwarfing her legs and making her head look huge.

Being Rejected

Both Shutter stock and Adobe stock approve and reject similar photos. However Adobe just says technical issues, and expect you to post the rejected photos to their forum and have unpaid photographers to tell you why in their opinion why your photo was rejected. I hate this because if your photos are just bad, because you're just starting out it would be embarrassing being roasted by experienced photographers.

Shutterstock will give you a reason, out of focus, might be intellectual property and so forth. Also they will reject photos that are to similar to what they accepted.

Outdoor shots and animals do well

Rejected, but I forget why.

Rejected, but I forget why.

Who would I pick?

As a non professional photographer that has been selling post cards on zazzle.com for a decade, I do find shutterstock easier and there has been photos that shutterstock has accepted that have been denied by Adobe stock. However I still believe that you should diversify and upload too many different sites, because different types of will better on each site.

Accepted by Shutterstock

I least I think it was accepted, I took several photos of this damaged tree.

I least I think it was accepted, I took several photos of this damaged tree.

What do you think?

What do you think of me filling this article with photos that have been rejected? What do you think of my unedited pictures?

I am looking into editing options to improve my photos that were not accepted by either sites.

Who Would You Publish Your Photos with?

© 2022 Stacy Birch

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