Get Paid to Take Pictures (EPyC Biweekly meetup)


Discussion Topic: Get Paid to Take Pictures (Ibrahim El Zain)
At this biweekly, Shutterstock agent Ibrahim El Zain will share with us the secrets behind becoming a successful contributor to the stock photography site, including how to maximize your income. Our own Ashraf Jandali will then guide us through the process of signing up.

Member showcase (Mostafa Ajjawi) 

For this section, our member Mostafa Ajjawi will share a 4min time-lapse for the first time with our members, and answer questions about it.  

The Tuesday tip (Ashraf Jandali)
Want advice on how to improve your photographs? Ashraf's here to help.

Photo Competition (Theme: Vacations) 

For this week all competition entries will be evaluated based on ShutterStock submissions Standards

Please send us two of your images by email ([masked]) by 5 PM on the day of the event, or bring your photos to the event on a USB thumb drive. To make our lives easier, please rename the files so that they have your name in them, e.g. Ahmed1.JPG and Ahmed2.JPG. We all vote on who has done the best job, and the winner gets a prize. Please note that if you don't show up, or pass your photos to the organizers on time, your shots will not be eligible for a prize.


We will be meeting in Studio Attitude in Al Quoz, in the same series of warehouses as Botanica. If you need help figuring out how to get there, check out the location map, or make use of the GPS coordinates [masked],[masked]). More information on the venue can be found on their site or at 04 3384114.

We also have YouTube videos showing you how to get there from Sheikh Zayed Road, with detailed text directions posted underneath. This one shows the way if you are coming from the direction of the World Trade Centre and Dubai Mall, and this one depicts the way from the direction of Abu Dhabi, the marina, and Al Barsha.

Stuff happens. So check this page regularly to see if the event details have been revised, or if you need to update your RSVP. One thing hasn't changed though: it's still just AED 20 if you want to join us on the evening. 


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  • Faraj

    "Image does not meet our general guidelines for editorial submissions."............what is this mean

    August 16

    • Faraj

      So I can re submit again

      August 17

    • Ashraf Munib J.

      If you are still not a contributor you need to submit the 10 images again after one month I guess

      August 17

  • Amr

    Please let us know once any of you became a shutterstock contributor

    August 12

    • Prakash G.

      Hi Amr. My id finally got approved and following this 7 out of the 10 cleared the approval process.

      1 · August 15

    • Faraj

      Id accepted. Only 2 images accept ed.

      1 · August 16

  • Amr

    The winners of this event competition will receive their prizes at the next biweekly http://www.meetup.com/EmiratesPhotoClub/events/195853972/

    1 · August 15

  • Nitin

    To sign up for Shutterstock as part of EPyC, you can use the following link: http://submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=2324891
    When submitting images, please include the following text THREE TIMES in reviewer notes for your ten images:
    ATTENTION REVIEWER: I am a member of the Shutterstock EPyC Community.

    We will shortly be arranging a detailed mail with instructions on signing up, but in the meanwhile, you may want to look at the following links:
    http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/how-to-prepare-your-first-submission
    http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/reviewers-corner-100-magnification-is-key

    4 · August 5

    • Prakash G.

      Thanks Nitin. The fast track review will definitely be helpful

      August 6

    • Prakash G.

      Hi. Thought I'd give you some feedback. I had signed up for the site and uploaded my passport copies as per the specs but the it is still under review 5 days on.

      August 10

  • Mostafa A.

    Sharjah in a glimpse: http://youtu.be/MzqbkHGg-Dc

    5 · August 6

    • Mostafa A.

      Thanks Prakash, I am glad that you like it (y), if it was possible in the next meetups I will do that inshalla ^_^

      1 · August 6

    • Mostafa A.

      Thank you Abbas (y)

      August 6

  • Ahmed

    Great time... thank you :)

    2 · August 6

  • Vasudha G.

    Great information. Must have a rethink on my photography

    1 · August 6

  • rejeesh r.

    Was Informative...

    1 · August 6

  • Ashraf Munib J.

    Super lovely time and great information

    2 · August 6

  • Rajesh P.

    Every time I enter EPyC studio I'm sure I know all about today's subject. When I exit... I ask myself : How come I never heard about THIS ?

    August 5

  • Virginia R.

    only just got home , wont be able to make it.

    August 5

  • Rajesh P.

    SZR jammed as usual :(

    August 5

  • Narayan P.

    have to cancel... stuck with work :(

    August 5

  • Amr

    Please send us two of your images matching the theme of (Vacations) by email ([masked])

    August 4

  • Mohammed Z.

    Hey guys, looong time. How are you all? May I suggest something please? As you know I used to be a big part of the group but due to change in circumstances I am hardly present at the meetups. Is it at all possible that someone can film the event in a video format and then post it under the meetup? So people who can't attend may also benefit from it. Of course you can always ask for a small fee in order to have access to the video link. It will be like a video podcast of the event. So many times I wished I was there at the meetup to gain more knowledge but I can't.........So please have think, I know many will love it. A big thank you to you all

    4 · August 3

    • Amr

      Hi Zia, we really missed you... Hope all is well with you. This idea was discussed earlier but unfortunately it wasn't practical according to our capacity and resources. I promise to rethink of it again soon and meanwhile I would like to start an open discussion with our members who have a background on creating such platforms for sharing and managing videos access. If anyone thinks he/she can help with this please let me know. Thanks Zia for bringing this up and I hope to see you soon

      August 4

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