“The Roaring Twenties” Among 2020 Creative Trends Says Shutterstock

Curious about the creative trends that will fly this year? Shutterstock just announced their predictions for global and local trends that will influence the design and visual culture for 2020.

It’s that time of year again when the creative community refers to fearless forecasts on the top creative trends to guide their personal projects and professional work. Among the most trusted is Shutterstock’s annual Creative Trends Report, which is now on its ninth edition. For 2020, the company has identified three major trends, the local favorites found in 25 countries across the globe, and five rising trends set to gain traction.

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Plan Your Next Stock Photo Projects Using the Shutterstock Shot List

If you’re looking to get into stock photography, Shutterstock lets you know what’s currently in demand through their monthly Shot List compilation. 

Part of the success in the stock photography industry lies in being able to anticipate trends to use as a basis to create best-selling images. For this, research is key. To help make the research process easier for their contributors, Shutterstock has been putting together their monthly Shot List — a compilation of concepts and topics that buyers are looking for. So, if you’ve been looking forward to the latest installment to help your venture into stock photography, we’re glad to report that it’s out.

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Shutterstock Total Global Contributor Earnings Surpass $1 Billion

Shutterstock recently announced the total payout for over 1 million contributors across the globe has not only reached, but surpassed $1 billion in 2018.

Members of Shutterstock’s contributor community will be excited about today’s big news. The earnings of over 1 million artists, photographers, videographers, and musicians across the globe since 2004 surpassed a total of $1 billion. This figure is backed by the latest Contributor Earnings Report the company recently dropped.

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Futurism, Zine Culture, Neons Top Shutterstock Creative Trends for 2019

Shutterstock reveals a fascinating assortment of visual trends and unique styles that are in store for us this 2019.

Need some insights on the biggest creative trends to help with your upcoming projects? Shutterstock’s Creative Trend Report for this year is now out, and it has some pretty interesting predictions on the ideas, styles, and concepts that are set to shape this year’s creative projects. While a lot of these seem to lean more for design work, marketing campaigns, and visual art, we’re sure some photographers and multi-disciplinary creatives will find them nonetheless useful and inspiring.

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Shutterstock and IBM Join to Help Marketers Find Photos for Campaigns

Shutterstock and IBM partner to bridge digital marketers’ needs with the engaging, high-quality assets made by photographers and other content makers

If you’re a stock photographer with work on Shutterstock, you may soon find yourself connecting with more marketers looking for exactly the content you’re offering. Shutterstock has announced today a partnership with IBM to help marketers build engaging digital experiences through their creative platform. Beginning July 2018, customers of the IBM Watson Content Hub will be able to access millions of images, videos, and music tracks hosted by Shutterstock and find the ideal content for their needs through IBM’s Watson AI technology.

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The 2018 Shutterstock Creative Trends Report Cites “New Minimalism”

Fantasy, New Minimalism, and Space are this year’s major creative trends, according to Shutterstock.

The predictions for this year’s creative trends have started to pour in. Shutterstock is the latest to weigh in on the ideas and concepts that will most likely shape the creative industry throughout 2018. Whether you’re a stock image photographer, a design professional, or a visual artist, you may find these trend findings useful or inspiring for your upcoming personal and commercial projects.

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Shutterstock’s Reverse Image Search Makes it Easier for Buyers to Find Your Photos

Shutterstock today announced a new feature for their iOS app that will make it easier for photographers to actually have their images be found. Essentially, it’s reverse image search and it takes the desktop version algorithms and applies them to the app.

What someone needs to do is shoot an image or choose an image from their camera roll and then search Shutterstock’s library for a similar photo. If a designer that uses something like Adobe’s mobile design tools is all about your photo, they can license it. It makes a whole loads of sense; but what also works is genuine metadata and keywording knowledge as they always have with stock photography.

Their demo is after the jump.

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Shutterstock Partners with Flixel to Market Cinemagraphs

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Cinemagraphs are freakin’ beautiful when done correctly by a creative with a vision; but one of the biggest problems for a while now has been mass support for them on the internet. Flixel is still the best way to create them; and today Flixel and Shutterstock are announcing a deal that lets photographers post cinemagraphs to their platform. That means that photographers have another huge option on how to market themselves and sell work.

Today, Flixel Stock cinemagraphs are available for use by brands, journalists, and publishers in their Shutterstock gallery.

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Shutterstock Determines What Types of Food Images Sell the Most


What food image are you most likely to purchase if you were a restaurateur or had to market food in some way or another? Shutterstock recently tried to find out what that trend is. Despite the internet’s love and affinity of bacon, that isn’t necessarily what sells.

The study divides each type of food photo into a specific category. So what sells images?

– Rustic looks

– Farm produce

– Mason jars

– Blueberries

– Smoothies

– Vegan food

– Butcher produce

– Sausages

But then the study continues to break it down into even more specifics. For example the JAckfruit and durians are amongst the most sought after images of fruits and veggies. Minas and Quinoa are most sought after for grains, ribeye the most sought after meat, mochi the most sought after sweet, and lots more. It’s a very interesting study that you should totally check out. But in order to make those food images look better, we’ve talked to more photographers about how to get better compositions and better food images overall.

Photo Editing Is No Longer the Way to Stand Out, Thank Presets for That

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Photography and photo editing are closely linked, but they’re also very different. I know some awesome photographers who are mediocre photo editors and vice versa. Contrary to what many believe, photo editing has been around far longer than the technology we use today. Portrait photographers used paint to enhance their prints, while other photographers spent hours in the darkroom playing with exposures to correct their images. Over time, editing became the way to stand out from the pack, but that’s certainly not the case anymore. Follow me.

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Unsplash 2020 Awards Continue to Make a Mockery of Photography

The Unsplash 2020 Awards add Polaroid and Ikea to the list of companies who do not value the work of photographers.

If you’re unfamiliar with Unsplash, don’t worry. You’re going to get a crash course in why this virus of a company is hated by photographers worldwide. You see, Unsplash is a community-driven stock photography website that preys on photographers who don’t know better. Unsplash disguises competitions as a way to get creators to upload images and give up all ownership rights. Companies like Nike, Ikea, Polaroid, Peak Design Squarespace, and others use those images royalty-free in their ad campaigns. We’ve reported about Unsplash in the past, and we’ll continue to lead the charge against them. If you couldn’t tell, we’re totally against the Unsplash 2020 Awards. Let’s discuss why Unsplash and the companies supporting them are nothing but cancer to photography and photographers.

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Weird Stock Photos: We Have No Idea What’s Happening but These Stock Photos Are Hilarious

These stock photos will serve as your potent dose of humor or oddity — we’ll let you take your pick.

We’re no strangers to the fact that Reddit is a repository of all things weird and wonderful. We’ve seen our fair share of the wonderful of late, so today’s find is all about the weird (or the wonderfully weird side of the Interwebs, as we think some of you may find it). Whether you’re in the stock photography business or are starting to grow an interest in it, we bring you the strangest collection of snaps that have ever been submitted — or sneaked — into some of the leading stock photography websites out there.

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Will 2020’s Occulture Visual Trend Spill Onto Photography?

It will be interesting to see how the growing curiosity and visual experimentation involving the occult, esotericism, and spirituality translate into photography projects this year.

Among the visual trends Shutterstock included in their fearless forecast for 2020 is Occulture, which they described as imagery involving spiritual elements like magic, astrology, alchemy, witchcraft, and palmistry, with motifs that range from cosmic to creepy. We’re definitely seeing a lot of these in illustrations, packaging design, and branding. We’re sure some of you may be wondering whether this trend will crossover to photography? How can photographers use and interpret this growing interest in the occult?

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Catch and Release Is a Stock Image Site with a Unique Twist

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Catch and Release’s new content contributor network is the anti-Unsplash and this is a very good thing for photographers and creatives everywhere.

Stock photography used to be an incredibly lucrative way for photographers and creatives to make good money. The rise of smartphones and everyone having a camera turned the industry sour. As the market became flooded with images, organizations like Unsplash not only stuck the knife in, they twisted it too. Now, a new company called Catch and Release is hoping to change all of that with a new way for creatives to share their work and get paid fairly with their take on a content contributor network. Find out more details after the break.

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Before You Edit Your Photos, You Should Check This Out

From December 16th to the 29th, the Datacolor Spyder is being discounted and can help you get better-looking photos.

If you’re one of those photographers who makes more magic happen in post-production than in-camera, then the Datacolor Spyder is the perfect accessory for you. Before you take what that new YouTube tutorial taught you and put it to work, consider whether everyone is seeing your image the same. Have you warmed up your monitor? What about the light around you? And where are people viewing your images? The Datacolor Spyder can help you get consistent colors in your photos every time. And right now, you can save up to $100 on color management!

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Watch This If You’re New to Black and White Photography

Finally decided to take black and white photography more seriously? This quick video will help with your learning process.

In an era when colors are most popular for photography projects, it can be intimidating to strip down all the hues and go black and white. If you’ve decided to take on the challenge of seeing and capturing the world differently, it’s worth learning some useful tips and tricks to get the best photos. In his video for Shutterstock Tutorials, Texas-based video journalist Logan Baker shared some of the things he learned when he gave it a try.

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What Is RGB and How Does it Work for Photography?

Ever heard of RGB but have no idea what it means? This quick primer should give you an idea about what it is and its role in photography.

RGB is a term (or acronym, to be precise) that gets thrown around in the creative fields, particularly among designers and photographers. For those who are just getting into these fields, however, what it means and how it works may still be a bit of mystery. In one of their recent blog posts, Shutterstock gives a quick overview on what RGB actually is and how designers use it for web design. Photographers will also find this a useful resource, so it’s worth the know-how, especially for those who want to do both creative disciplines.

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Here’s an Infographic for Photographers Who Need Extra Cash

We’re sure this infographic will come in handy if you’re a creative professional looking for non-traditional ways to get gigs and extra income.

You probably don’t know it yet, but we’re sure you’ll find the infographic below very useful one day… or very soon. Given that a good portion of professional creatives like photographers, retouchers, videographers, and graphic designers often lead non-traditional careers, it’s a valuable resource for those who are looking for various non-conventional ways to score gigs and some extra cash.

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Cheap Lighting Options to Develop Your Portrait Photography Style

Still getting the hang of lighting for your portrait photography? Here are some lighting options that don’t break the bank.

We’ve said it time and time again — working with light is one of the first things you have to learn as a photographer, especially when it comes to shooting portraits. Since we can’t stress it enough, we bring you yet another video tutorial with some helpful suggestions for cheap lighting options that you can practice with. Learning how to light your portrait photography projects also often means working with different kinds of lighting in the studio. We understand if you’re still totally new to it and still aren’t comfortable using (or investing in) pro studio lights. In the meantime, you can practice with some cheaper alternatives.

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Film vs. Digital: Side by Side Comparison of 35mm, Medium Format, and Mirrorless Photos

Just tuning in to the film vs. digital discussions? Step right up: we have just the stuff for you to check out and learn from.

Yes, it’s already 2019, but it looks like we’re still not done with film vs. digital shenanigans. But, more than a topic of debate, this video by Shutterstock Tutorials is a side by side comparison that should actually come in useful whether you’re a pure digital shooter curious about the film look, or a hybrid shooter wanting a more detailed study of how each medium compares.

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Seriously, Is 500px Still Even Relevant to the Photography Community?

We can’t blame you if the recent 500px announcement is the first time you’ve heard from the photography community in a while

Photo sharing platform and photography community 500px has recently announced some major changes; the biggest of which involve shutting down its stock photo subsidiary 500px Marketplace and removing the option to license photos under the Creative Commons license. In place of the 500px Marketplace, the company began offering “a spectrum of premium and midstock-priced royalty-free imagery” directly and exclusively through Getty Images (worldwide) and Visual China Group (People’s Republic of China).

This begs the question: is 500px even relevant in the photo community anymore?

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