Shutterstock and Getty images both are hubs for high-quality images, videos, and music on the internet. These websites offer an individual to sell and buying options for photos and videos. You can explore millions of high-quality images, graphics, video 3D assets collection.

Although Getty images are known for the highest quality stock photography agency with the stock of over 200 million assets. But it is so much expensive. The main reason Getty images are so expensive due to exclusive releases.

Whereas if we talk about Shutterstock, it’s not much expensive as iStock and will provide high quality as images as Getty images do. But Shutterstock provides bigger stock over 320 million visuals.

Both the website follow a similar subscription model. A user can take a monthly subscription and download content as their per requirements. The number of assets you can download in a month depends upon subscription packages.

Any user can also buy photos without taking subscriptions but they have to pay more than the subscription price. This option available in both the sites.

In the above, we talked about their business model and about their subscription but you can also sell your photos on these sites. Both sites give you commission when any subscriber downloads your images form these sites. But the question arises which one is the best for your profit? Which one gives you more commission is it Shutterstock or Getty Images. So, in this article, we are going to compare both the websites for your better profit. And we will also see which one is convenient to sell your photos online.

Things to be covered in this article.

  • Overview.
  • Account Creation.
  • Purchasing Option.
  • Commission rates.
  • Payment Methods.
  • Wrapping up.

Account Creation

Before selling your photos to these sites we have to first sign up and create an account. Account creation is easy on both the sites but at the time of publishing.

Shutterstock requires your passport as their per policy. This seems to be a complex move for a user because not every user could provide a passport at that time.

But whereas on Getty images, you have to first upload 5-6 sample photos then it will be going for review and after approval, you are ready to create an account on Getty images. But may your photos get rejected and you unable to create an account.

So as we compared both sites, account creation on Getty images has a simpler process. Depends upon your photos got approval or not. Now, let’s talk about their buying option.

Purchasing options

As we know above that both the websites use a subscription model to run their business. Any user can simply buy a subscription and download assets according to their subscription packages. It is very necessary to have information about buying options to a user who is ready to sell their photos to these websites.

The lowest subscription package by Getty images is 249$/month where users will be limited to 25 downloads per day and 750 assets per month. Later on, Getty will provide cheaper packages starting from 59$. Getty images also provide you buying option a user can directly purchase the photos but its price will be changed according to the sizes of the photos. Its ranges start from 50$ for Extra-small to 575$ for large size. This seems to very higher cost. But as we know it is one of the highest quality photos providing agency.

On the other hand, if we talk about shutter stock they cost 29$/month for their lowest subscription package but you have to commit to their website for 1 year otherwise they will cost you 49$/month. They also provide a demand to buy options in which an individual has to pay 129$ for an asset which is a quiet bit higher and non-profitable deal but they give you an enhanced license In demand buy option whereas in subscription one they give you a standard license.

Commission Rates

Getty Images offers you 15%  commission to seller on photos and 20% on videos on each download.  But users can earn from 25% to 45%. And if the consumer buys the asset they pay you 20% for each which is approximately up above 100$.

On the other hand, if we talk about Shutterstock they have lower commission rates, and the seller commission rates are determined on the basis of their lifetime earning on Shutterstock. But as if you are a new seller on Shutterstock you will get a 20% commission for each one.

Here is the table where you will get the idea of percentage commission on Shutterstock on the basis of their lifetime earning.


        Lifetime Earning Percentage of Commission
0-500$ 20%
500-3000$ 25%
3000-10000$ 28%
10000+ $ 30%

So now, you got the idea of commission rates on Shutterstock and Getty images.

Payment methods

Let’s have look at their payment policies. So, if we talk about Getty images, they accept the payment only in USD. You can select your local currency when you set up your PayPal or Payoneer account and if that currency is anything other than USD you will incur currency exchange fees. which is showing flaws In their payment flexibility.

If we talk about Shutterstock, they have more payment options like PayPal, Skrill, Payoneer, and bank cheque. And there will no currency exchange fees.

Wrapping up

So, we saw both the sites have a similar way to sell their photos and videos and a big difference between commission rates but as you see Getty images have very profitable commission rates than Shutterstock in the view of profit. In my opinion, Getty Images is a great platform for new contributors because as we see in terms of profit Shutterstock provides less commission. But the choice is yours as always because both sites providing good services in their own way.

Thank you for giving your precious time to this article. Have a nice day!! ☺

Debojyoti Roy

Debojyoti Roy

Debojyoti Roy is the student of computer science and a professional developer. He founder Qitwire.com to work on tools and soon learn the way to help people letting them know the best tools available in the internet. Besides, he has a sleepless interest in photography and videography.

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