Are your photographs worth 10 cents? Shutterstock seems to think so

Are your photographs worth 10 cents? Shutterstock seems to think so
(Image credit: Louise Carey)

It's long been known that taking and selling stock photographs just doesn't pay like it used to. However, it seems that stock website Shutterstock has taken the percentage it pays its contributors to new lows – and seemingly without adjusting the price that the consumer pays. Their new pay structure means that contributors can receive as little as 10 cents for their photographs. 

We put out a call for Shutterstock contributors to get in touch with their experience of how the change in payments has affected them – and we were overwhelmed with emails. Many photographers contacted us to share their anger and disgust at the way they'd been treated by Shutterstock. Jess Wealleans from That Dog Spot helpfully broke down how the new payment structure had affected her earnings, which you can see below.

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.