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You have 14 photos out of 211,000,000.

So you have 0.0000066% of the total library.

 

Also to be blunt, the images aren't good enough.

Your first one is a bad semi silhouette of a building.  Its badly lit with a horrible colour cast.  It would/should have been rejected as part of review process.

You have a possible mobile phone snapshot of some ducks taken from a poor angle with nothing special.  There are 377,100 duck pictures on here already, most are far better.

Descriptions are poor. "A bird planning to fly" tells a buyer nothing.  What sort of bird?  What is it standing on? What sort of environment is it in?

You have tilted horizons on lots of the images.

Shutterstock has no quality control standards now so they get accepted but previously when they actually reviewed pictures i suspect only one of your 14 would actually have been approved.

All the shots look like walking around snapshots taken on a mobile.  There's nothing unique or any obvious market value for them - its the type of image anyone can take themselves without paying for.

I would be amazed if you get any sales at all as it stands.

 

I would suggest searching here for the types of thing you're taking, look at the images, see how they're taken and how they're better, learn from the descriptions and keywords and go from there.

 

 

 

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15 minutes ago, Richard Whitcombe said:

I would suggest searching here for the types of thing you're taking, look at the images, see how they're taken and how they're better, learn from the descriptions and keywords and go from there.

 

Generally, that would be good advice but the problem nowadays is because there's so much junk on SS, the poster is likely to come across other snapshots of his subject matter when he does a search for these subjects here. And he won't be able to spot much difference between his snapshots and the other contributors' snapshots. Though hopefully, he'll come across some good examples as well. I wonder if there's a way you can organise a specific search on SS like "best selling" or something which will mainly show the quality images.

By the way, if I received a dollar for every time someone posted a "why aren't my photos selling" thread, I'd probably make more money than selling microstock images. 

 

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18 minutes ago, John Orsbun said:

As others have said, search for similar images and do better than those. As far as commercial value, I like the Sunrise over a park and the shot of Green leaves with water drops. The others are low value, imho.

Ditto, Agree.. if I see any more ducks, I'll go blind.Also , ya need a few thousand More "UNIQUE" images. then I'll bet you sell. How many would be a poor unfair guess.

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You're a little fish in a humongously large pond. Your images are the type available already, and there are millions of them. 
I see you say you are a dentist. Can you get dental shots? This is something not everyone can do because they don't have access to it, and you'd know the correct terminology for dental conditions, treatments, equipment and practises etc, for good keywording. Specialist dental images and footage, could be a niche worth exploring to get those sales you're after.

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I was thinking the same thing, shooting dental stuff would be his best approach to making sales here. But he says in his profile that photographing pretty things is an enjoyment and passion, so taking dental pics is likely not appealing. But it's the truth: there are MILLIONS of pretty pictures already up here, and even if you learned how to shoot like that, you'd have a hard time trying to compete.

My frank advice would be to just enjoy your hobby and forget about Shutterstock. What difference does a $0.25 sale make to a dentist anyway?

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Hello 'Gudiya',

First - welcome to the forum.

The fact that you didn't have any sales yet should not worry you. The truth is, you're also just a few years to late. When I started in 2011, it was a real struggle to get accepted. It occupied me for a few months, and when I was accepted (after 2 go's), it was great. With the 80 or so images I had for some years, I made a few thousand of sales over the years. That wouldn't have happened if I had started with those images at the present time. The market for stock is just becoming very saturated with so many images. Lately, I've been adding some more but those sell very infrequently (an euphemism for: only 1 so far), and there's no telling if those images will sell ('pick up') in the future. That's a shame, but present day reality - only if you're very dedicated, full time, and very resourceful (and create maybe a 1000 images) you might make say a 100 dollars a month here. Mind you, that's only a very unscientific rude example - it may be much less, or maybe much more. But the point is: if you don't expect it to be a great source of revenue, it can still be worthwhile. A sale is something special, and I think most contributors here can remember their first sale, and the excitement it brought. Relatives, friends, people on Facebook or so might praise your images, but a sale is un uncompromising sign of endorsement. It is a great stimulus to encourage you to get better, and just gives an extra touch to a hobby.

With that aside, and if you can accept that, unless you sell the dentist-chair and go photography full time (and have financial reserves to overcome years of very low income, probably), you won't make big bucks, there's still the question of how to improve. Remember, all contributors here, or at least a great many, started with insecurity, were told they weren't good enough yet, and struggled on somehow to get through the accepting-process. Those 14 images of you wouldn't have got you accepted a few years back. Still, I do humbly think they are, considered in that way (as a preliminary start), not so bad (which sounds awful, but is meant as a compliment). The "sunrise in a park in Delhi' is very nice, although indeed a little drunk in orientation. The 4 ducks are, duck-wise, somewhat funny in their choreography, The bird in a Japanese park has nice calm colors. I'm not sure what camera you have, but your images seem a little less 'fresh' compared to what a good camera could render, though I'm not sure of that. So my advice would be to be patient and just enjoy photography and learn about photography techniques and try out things.

 

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26 minutes ago, PhilipR said:

Don't ask this question...read all of the resources they post...articles from top performers...the blog...etc...then look at other portfolios...compare to yours

Learn

Exactly. I think some of the best advice you can give to newcomers who aren't making any sales is to put it quite bluntly: "Use your eyes." Learn to see.

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On 8/22/2018 at 10:28 AM, Gudiya Design Arts said:

I am new to Shutterstock. Its been 22 days and I have posted 14 photos till date. While most of the photos are approved but nothing has been sold yet. I wish to know what I am doing wrong in my portfolio

These is my portfolio:

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/gudiya-babai+design+arts

Same as you, I've been here for just about 3 weeks and do research since 2 month ago (and still do until now). So don't talking about any sales at this point, all you need to do is upload more and more. And always research before take any shots. You'll get useless in here without research and learn from other guys above.

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I asked the same question. I have already uploaded 300 photos in the course of three weeks. My friend has better luck with his photographs and was making sales from the first day. Anyway, he has thousands of photographs in his computer to upload to ss since he is a photojournalist so I cannot compare myself to him. Patience is the key as well as learning, he says. 

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Trying for a more positive approach...welcome to SS and the forums.  Many people who just join come with expectations of quick sales and easy money based on what they've seen and heard on sources like YouTube. The simple truth is that it takes time, effort and volume.  While it's possible to snag a quick sale with a small portfolio, it's just not likely. 

If this is just residual, supplemental income, don't worry about the sales. Enjoy the surprise of that email or app notification when it comes. Keep learning, shooting, editing and uploading. 

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The main issue is SS now gives people false hope.

It used to strictly control who could get in and now it lets everyone in.

It used to audit every photo to make sure the quality was good enough to sell before accepting it, now it accepts everything.

And it makes things worse by diluting the quality of its images by continuing this "anything goes" policy.

Previously once you got onto SS you could expect sales and some money.  But now that isn't the case, the quality of people it lets in is so low most will never sell.

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