Shutterstock images are now available via an 'on demand' subscription (a package of downloads which can be used over the space of 1 year - pretty much the same as the pay-as-you go or buy credits systems offered by other agencies).

While its not a ground-breaking sales model I'm sure it will increase shutterstocks' sales. I'm certain that there were casual/individual designers who were put off by having to fork out $249 for a month long subscription, and for who the option of 25 daily downloads is too many.

With most of the other stock agencies moving in on shutterstocks subscription model (but seemingly not bettering it), it's easy to see why shutterstock have made this counter move. Most of the major sites now offer 'something to cover all bases'

Below is a quick reference from the shutter stock site:



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Hi Steve

dollyllama (Lisa) (not verified) on Thu, 2008-08-07 11:42
Thanks for stopping to comment on my blog, I didn't think anyone would actually notice it :) I think this new scheme by shutterstock could be quite lucrative and I'm looking forward to seeing how it pans out. I may link back to your blog from mine (if you don't mind) near the end of my reviews for those (if there is anyone else reading it) interested in more technical and perhaps thorough reviews. If that's a problem, let me know. dolly
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Not a problem at all. I'm

Steve Gibson on Fri, 2008-08-08 02:34
Not a problem at all. I'm always happy to find that someone finds what I write useful. I enjoyed reading what you wrote about istock and their favourite players, sadly its true, it's painful (and laughable) to have half a batch of your photos rejected for 'poor lighting' and then see the on camera flash lit photo of what looks like a wardrobe door, sat pride of place in 'latest images from exclusive contributors'. I don't like to get too emotional or biased on this site - istock make it hard sometimes, but they are slipping down my list of recommendation's as each month passes.
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LatFoto (not verified) on Thu, 2008-08-07 13:05
Great news for subscribers and artists ;-).
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CAPTCHA change

1radio (not verified) on Wed, 2008-09-03 09:15
But have you seen the new captcha process they've added? It was just about tolerable when you had to type a four digit number. Now it's a 9 digit number and an unreadble string. I appreciate they have to prevent bulk downloads etc but it takes an absolute age to download a single image, nevermind a stack of images in a lightbox. Its like they dont actually want you to use this service!

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