Shutterstock Needs Work-From-Home Photo Reviewers


If you don’t know the name Shutterstock, you’ve probably seen their product without even knowing it. Shutterstock offers royalty-free stock photos, footage, illustrations and the like. And they need folks like you to review those images, from the comfort of your home.

As a remote/work-from-home image reviewer, what you will do is check out incoming photos to make sure they meet the site’s technical standards. You’ll clock about 25-30 hours per week, which includes five to eight hours on the weekend, according to The Penny Hoarder.

Since you’re reviewing images, there is a specific skillset you will need to have. This isn’t just scoping out cat photos—which is fine any other time—here, you need to apply critical judgement and look at these images from an editorial angle.

The Shutterstock site lists “2+ years of photography experience, preferably as a photographer, contributor to stock agencies, photo editor, or photo researcher,” along with being “Adept at photo technical evaluation and metadata evaluation, along with a basic foundation of best practices in post-production processes.” In other words, you need some photography chops for this. Your PC or Mac must have a “sufficient and accurate color display for viewing high-resolution images.” And naturally, high-speed internet access is also necessary.

Shutterstock lists multiple job listings for remote positions, including “Remote Vector/Illustration Reviewer” and “Remove Footage Reviewer.” (Note: While each of these positions has a location listed next to the title, each job description specifies that “Applicants do not need to reside within the (location) area.”)

The other work-from-home spots require the same types of qualifications, skewed towards the particular position. For example, on the illustration side, you must have a couple years of vector/illustration experience, own a license for Adobe Illustrator and know your way around Photoshop, Google Docs and Microsoft Office Suite.

If you’re a passionate photobug, this might be just the thing. Here’s where to find the Shutterstock job postings!

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Brinke Guthrie

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