Shutterstock is great for passive income

shutterstock tool for passive income

Shutterstock is a great tool for creating a passive income. I recently wrote a short post about passive income where I touched on the idea of writing a book or two as a way of creating passive income. However, how many of you have ever considered that you could sell your photos? How about your videos? You might say you never thought of it because you are not a photographer or you are not good with a camera in your hand. However, you don’t need to be an expert to sell photos/videos on shutterstock.

How does Shutterstock work?

First, make sure you have a contributor account and then upload your work. Shutterstock gives you three ways to earn money on their platform:


You can find out all about the technical specifications for uploading footage on Shutterstock. However, to sum it up, the video length should be between 5 and 60 seconds (really – no more or less) and you can basically upload any footage that you think might sell. Think about time-lapse, slow-motion artistic panning, it’s all up to your imagination. You’d be surprised how someone on the other side of the world will be happy to find your work to buy.


All you need to know is that you photos format should be JPG and at least 4.0 megapixels. By now even your smartphone would be able to do that – 4K started to be the norm.

Illustrations or Vectors:

As long as you upload an ESP file not larger than 15MB or JPG with at least 4.0 megapixels you should be fine.

The type of work that sells on this platform is beyond what you might imagine. People need a various type of visual representations in their projects. This may range from textures of steel and wood, pictures of fruits or flowers and even abstract representations of colours.

I am relatively new to shutterstock and still am experimenting. You can see my own portfolio here.


Please let me know if you have any experience with Shutterstock!