A teenage photographer will use their skill of taking pictures in exchange for money. For this article, we will be focusing on taking pictures and selling them online on Shutterstock. On Shutterstock, users post their images online and are bought by companies who need their picture for a small price. Your pictures on Shutterstock are protected by a watermark so they can’t just download your picture or take a screenshot.
This being said, your responsibilities on Shutterstock will include finding what pictures are needed, taking pictures, and then managing your account. You will not be hired by Shutterstock, you will only be paid per photo purchased. Since there is a lot of photography involved, and people are directly paying for the skill of your photography, it’s good to be a skilled photographer or have a degree. If that doesn’t describe you, you can take a few courses on Lynda.com to better understand the basics of photography. Once on Lynda.com, you’ll want to search for “”Photography 101” by Joseph Linaschke and/or “The Practicing Photographer” by Ben Long.
As a photographer, you will earn 25 to 50 cents per picture downloaded on Shutterstock, depending on the price of the photograph. This being said, working on Shutterstock is quite hard. You won’t earn much, and it is very hard for someone to view your image in the first place. There are already a lot of images on Shutterstock, so you have a very limited chance of who downloads your picture, and even when they do, you’ll only be paid 25 to 50 cents.
If you become a professional photographer, you shouldn’t be doing it solely for money. You should be enjoying yourself while at it, and it will seem less of a chore. So, you should be someone who already takes photos, and you have found this as a way to earn a bit of cash on the side while doing what you are already doing.
It is technically possible to make quite a bit of money on Shutterstock once you have hundreds of photographs on the platform, but this could take years of work.