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How we review photos and illustrations at Cutcaster?

Although reviewing content is subjective and can be frustrating for both sides, we want you to understand that you are a part of our team now and we treat you like family. We understand how your content is the lifeblood of Cutcaster and will never forget that. Cutcaster is nothing without your contributions. We strive to maintain a transparent, consistent and effective review process.

We aren’t always right in our review process and we know it. Just as you sometimes mis-keyword or forget to attach a model release, we make mistakes too and you shouldn’t take it personal at all. We have deliberately assembled a diverse team of photo editors, which have expertise in reviewing content. In some cases, we try to error on the side of caution so everyone is protected.

Submitted images are generally reviewed within 24-48 hours. We are fast and know how important it is to get your content out. Reasons for a delay longer than that might include questions surrounding your images like quality or clearance which need a second look. Normally that is resolved within 5-7 business days. Please keep in mind that image review times vary depending on how many editors are currently covering a given review queue and the current volume of submissions on any given day.

If you have questions about the details or want to get feedback on your images, we encourage you to email us at content@cutcaster.com with a detailed description and file example to help us.

Regardless of the outcomes, we hope that having a team of editors reviewing your images will have value in itself. We are all in this together and will all learn. We look at the reviewing process as a mechanism for ensuring that the best of your work is represented and not necessarily as a door for you to get through as much as you can get approved.

Good luck, and Keep on uploading!

Cutcaster 2009 in Review

Cutcaster had an amazing second year!!!  Here is a quick recap:

January

  • Hired two more software developers to improve site performance.
  • Cutcaster goes bi-coastal with offices in New York and San Francisco.

February

  • Started major changes in the way our search engine works.
  • Added 800 photographers and over 45,000 photos and vectors.

March

April

May

June

  • Increased site speed.
  • Sales grew over 60% from May.

July

  • Hired a new Creative Director.
  • Started editing and refining the entire collection.

August

  • Introduced our premium Crescendo Collection.
  • Made further improvements to the search engine and site speed.

September

  • Hired another software engineer to re-structure our database.
  • Sales increased 30% AGAIN this month!
  • Spoke at an ASPP event in Boston in front of many buyers on stock licensing.
  • Made huge changes to the photo search engine.
  • John got married ;-)

October

  • Focused on featuring our photographers in specialized clipfolders.
  • Attended PictureHouse, introducing Cutcaster to hundreds of new photo buyers.
  • Halloween sales were way, way up!

November

  • Spoke at the 6Sight conference about photographers making money off their photos.
  • Grew to 400,000 images strong
  • Added 600 corporate accounts

December

  • Celebrated a year of growth and success on our second year!
  • Made big plans for 2010!
  • Had a few big orders at the end of the year. Best month ever at Cutcaster. Looking forward to keeping the momentum going into 2010