Since 2003, Shutterstock has provided a collection of photographs, visual images, music and videos which are free of royalty charges, yet licensed, to customers across the globe.
Companies and individuals often require image, music and video material for websites, blogs and other ventures. The great benefit for customers using Shutterstock is that this material can be provided with copyright for a one-off charge. It is also very easy to use Shutterstock and content can be downloaded and paid for via the site. Shutterstock is also accessible by apps which are available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
A host of stock images are available. These include illustrations, icons, vectors and photographs. You can search for your required image by keyword and by category. You can also browse various collections, and editorial photos are also available. Videos are for sale and can also be searched for, not only in collections, but also by popularity. Music tracks can be searched for by tempo, genre and mood. Shutterstock also offer an editing application.
Of course, those who contribute to the ever-growing collections of Shutterstock also benefit since they increase the audience their material is reaching and, of course, are paid for their contributions.
There are numerous pricing packages available for images. These range from annual plans to image packs which allow you to pay in advance for a specific number of images which are to be used within the year. Options are also available for multiple users. Prices for video begin at a set price, however, buying several entitles you to a saving. For music, two prices are available depending on whether you require a standard or enhanced license.
You can sign up to a free account via the company website. This allows you various benefits, including access to free content each week.
If you need help, you can browse the very comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section on the Shutterstock website. Here, all manner of questions are covered and answered, from company information to technical and practical advice.
However, if you need more assistance, you can contact the Shutterstock support team directly by telephone, email or live chat. Support is available in various languages for both those contributing to and buying from Shutterstock.
You can keep up to date with the activities of Shutterstock.com via their various social media platforms. These include Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.