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Announcement: Shutterstock wants your photos!

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    Hi Everyone!

    Here's some good news for all of us. The Vice President International of Shutterstock has met up with our organizers in Hong Kong 2 weeks ago and has made a proposal. After that, he wrote to me yesterday. This is what he wrote:

    "

    Hi Ron,

     

    Hope all is well. Thanks a lot for the nice early morning meeting we had together two weeks ago when I was in Hong Kong. I am back in (much colder) Europe again and wanted to follow up on next steps.

     

    You should sign up at submit.shutterstock.com to become an approved Shutterstock contributor. On this page you will find the link to our referal scheme where you can benefit directly from any new contributors you recruit for Shutterstock. In addition you can download the contributor success guide from that page which will allow you to educate others on how to become a successful contributor to Shutterstock. In case you have any questions on this part, please do not hesitate to contact Anthony (copied in this email) who is managing all contributor relations worldwide and will be happy to help!

     

    In addition we talked about you and JPG helping us to spread the word and promote stock photography as an interesting earnings opportunity within the Hong Kong area.

     

    The idea we have discussed is to build an online community for Australian (I think he meant Hong Kong) photographers, illustrators and videographers and educate them step by step on stock imagery. You can take a look at this page we just launched (sorry, it's all in German, but you should get a first impression): stocktopia.de. Tracy Kim (copied) will be your point person for the community.

     

    Once again, it was a big pleasure meeting you last Wednesday and I am very much looking forward to working together in the future!

     

    Please send my regards to the other club members who joined us at the hotel.

     

    All the best Gerd

    Gerd Mittmann

    Vice President International

    Shutterstock, Inc.

    60 Broad Street, 30th Floor

    New York, NY 10004"

    Okay, from what you've read here, you can see that he wants me to be a contributor and also bring in other contributors from our group. I think all of us can be contributors. I have received another email on how to submit our photos and it has provided some links on the procedures. Here's the email:

    "

    Dear Ron,

     

    It is a pleasure to meet you, albeit virtually.

     

    As Gerd mentioned, the best place to start is at the following link which is our site for contributors: http://submit.shutterstock.com

    Here, you will be able to create your personal contributor account to start your first submission as well as become a referring contributor for Shutterstock.

     

    First Submission

    Before you start uploading, please watch our tutorial at: http://submit.shutterstock.com/tutorial/

     

    As a new contributor, you must submit a set of exactly 10 of your best photos, vectors and/or illustrations for the initial review.  If at least seven of the ten submitted images are accepted, you will be notified via email automatically and be able to submit as many images as you wish afterwards.  If less than seven images are accepted, a waiting period is required (although I can waive this if you contact me) before the next test trial attempt.  Note: Should you also have video clips to upload, there is no initial test so, the sign-up process is the same except for the fact there there is no limit to the upload of video clips for review assessment.

     

    Please keep the following in mind:  Our image reviewers inspect all images at a 100% view to check for quality issues such as focus and noise.  I recommend that you do the same with your content prior to submission in order to avoid unnecessary rejections.  You may also post some content in the critique section of the forum to get feedback from other contributors:

    General Forum: http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/

    Critique Areahttp://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/f-4.html

     

    In addition, a wealth of information is available at the following links:

    Referral Program: http://submit.shutterstock.com/promotions/referrals/

    (Note: must have active account to view the referral link above; This is likely to be very important for you to familiarize yourself with.)

    Shutterbuzz blog: http://www.shutterstock.com/buzz/

    Contributor Success Guide (now in five languages): http://www.shutterstock.com/buzz/contributor-success-guide-available-in-five-languages

    Contributor Terms of Service: http://submit.shutterstock.com/tostos.mhtml

    Earnings Schedule: http://submit.shutterstock.com/earnings_schedule.mhtml

     

    I hope the information above helps you get started easily with Shutterstock.  Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me directly at [masked] or via our general contributor support email: [masked]

     

    Kind regards,

     

    Anthony Correia"

    So guys, you can see this to be an opportunity to get paid and get some recognition for all the photos that you've been shooting all this while.

    Read the 2nd email carefully and look for the categories for the kind of shots that they are looking for. Check out the links provided.

    Regards

    Ron

    JPG Organizer

     

     

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  • Candy C.

    Ron, congratulation, what an achievement!!!!

    August 31

  • Bailey C.

    definitely gonna join!

    January 28

  • Alessandro O.

    love to join!!!

    January 3, 2015

  • JY

    Interested in learning more about this, new to me!

    July 24, 2014

  • Nelson T.

    Hi Ron, nice to meet you, I have always been wondering how to determine whether the images I shot were good enough? From colour contrast to exposure... etc. And I am hoping someone can shine some light into how to improve it.

    March 31, 2014

  • Andrew

    Hey Ron, I would like to attend please. Thanks

    August 15, 2013

  • Demetrio C.

    Love to join!

    July 21, 2013

  • Nevin Y.

    Dear Ron,
    This is all hard work - not easy - and thank you even though I have never taken part in any JPG shootout.
    Big hand.
    Best,
    Nevin

    May 10, 2013

    • ron

      It's not really a shootout or competition. But it is an opportunity for everyone to get real recognition. It starts as a hobby for now but everyone will see improved progress. It's not hard at all. You have to enjoy taking the photos first. That's what I'm doing, too. And that's what everyone else is doing. Have fun but keep learning. I'm learning all the time. And you'll see that 3 months later, Shutterstock will love your photos.

      May 10, 2013

    • ron

      I'll be back in HK tomorrow and I'll choose my best photos for submission. Then I'll see what they think of my crappy photos.

      1 · May 10, 2013

  • ron

    Remember that this Event page is not an event that you can attend. No dates and no venue here. It's an announcement that I wanted to make to our members.

    May 7, 2013

  • Cool J.

    Congrats Ron!

    May 7, 2013

  • ron

    Here's something to think about.
    Apple released a video about iPods and iTunes back in 2004. It shows a 10 year old kid singing the lyrics to a tune. That tune was from rapper Eminem. It's just singing, no background instruments. Eminem's lawyers sent Apple a letter demanding many millions for copyright violations.
    Well, that's how this world is these days. Greed! Apple should have thought of that, too. Again, greed! Trying to use someone else's song to sell iPods.
    In photography, we get that, too. But it hasn't deterred photographers from shooting.

    May 7, 2013

  • ron

    I've uploaded two general Model Release Forms for our members to use. They are in .doc format. Go to the top of this page and look for the Menu for Home - Members - Photos - Sponsors - Pages - Discussions - More.
    Choose More / Files. There, you'll see the Release Forms. Download them and print a few copies to keep in your photography bag.

    May 7, 2013

  • ron

    These days, it's hard to know what to expect from people you may have photographed, but do not know. They could verbally say "sure" and then change their mind later. So play it safe: Ask for releases on any photograph that you've made where the person is clearly the subject of the image, and that you think you might be able to use commercially.
    For candids on the streets, in parks, festivals, or in travel scenes, markets, etc., usually don't worry about it. But if I think I've made an image that will surely sell commercially, then try for a release.

    If you think that your pictures might be commercially used, make the effort to get a release, and be prepared to give something for that permission. A thank-you print or prints, a small donation or payment, etc., is considered fair price for the permission to use their likeness "forever." It may not be required, but it's only fair if they ask for something in return.

    May 7, 2013

  • ron

    Following industry standards, for any work that will appear in consumer or trade magazines, newspapers, or educational books, you generally do not need a model release. This is also true for photographic exhibits. These are considered educational/informational uses.
    However, for photos that will be used in commercial applications - ads, brochures, posters, greeting cards, catalogs, postcards, kiosks, trade shows, Web sites, etc. - you will need a release from your subject in order to be "legal."

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi ron, quiet interesting, but seems their requirements are quite difficult to reach. For example lets say you have photos from disney Hong Kong or any photo where there is a building structure, they require you get a release signed by the owner. Also even if you take any photo indoors of any establishment or building structure that is not your own same case. Am i understanding this correctly or something i am missing?

    May 7, 2013

    • ron

      Yes, Jeff. You understood them well. Those rules are necessary. Your photos will be used internationally and each country has different laws that governs photographs. Some are lax, some are strict. You can get sued if you don't have these releases. I shoot fashion as my job. I always get my models to sign release forms that says I will use their photos for which magazines, countries, and how I will use them. It also says for how long I will use the photos, 1 year, 2 years. It's the people photos that need release forms. Not so much roads and trees and buildings. But Disney does have certain rules.

      May 7, 2013

  • ron

    Shutterstock set up the first meting to personally meet with JPG Organizers to make this proposal. It's wonderful that we are at least recognized as a legitimate photography group. I'm sure he loves everyone's photos. Remember, it's all business to them. So our members should treat it as such.
    I guess you'll be taking your photography more seriously from now on. No more point and shoot and hope for some lucky shot. All photos will take some planning to compose, using rule of thirds, balance, color, correct exposure, etc.
    You might be investing in some new equipment as you improve your skills. JPG Organizers are here to help you improve those skills!

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Ron for thinking of us all!!!!!

    May 7, 2013

    • ron

      Alexandra, I'm not looking to benefit from this. I'd like everyone in JPG to benefit. I already have my own biz and I have enough blessings from God.

      2 · May 7, 2013

  • ron

    Hi Angela! You can contribute via this link.
    http://submit.shutterstock.com
    Register first and you can start sending in your images. They will have to be jpegs and high resolution of at least 4 MB. The details are all there when you are registered. Choose 10 of your best images and submit.
    But do read their terms and conditions. It's not any old photo. They have clients that buy these photos and as clients, they want high quality, almost perfect photos.

    May 7, 2013

  • Angela C.

    Thanks Ron. May I know how I can be a contributor to this stock photography website?

    May 7, 2013

  • ron

    By the way, I'll be back in Hong Kong tomorrow. New event coming up in a week.

    May 7, 2013

  • ron

    This is just an Announcement for JPG. You don't have to RSVP for this one. If you do, then I'll know that you've read it. Please ask questions in this forum.

    May 7, 2013

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