Photo sharing is everywhere thanks to Instagram, Pinterest and other social media platforms. However, while these sites are great for attracting attention to your work, it’s incredibly hard for photographers to make money this way. But have you ever wondered how to make money with iPhone Photography? Luckily, there is a lesser-known type of photo sharing available with apps that allow iPhone photographers of all skill levels to build a portfolio, share images, and accept royalty payments from customers.
While some of the following photo sharing apps post specific requests in designated categories, others have a more open stockpile. Some of these apps focus on set topics, like fashion or commercial photography, while others are unconfined. All of these apps are free and available for iOS download. Possibly their best feature, though, is that they give photographers, both amateur and professional, the opportunity to make money from their work.
Clashot lets users add any image to the database without requiring categorization. Shoot whatever evokes inspiration, then simply upload. Followers will rate each photo and offer payment in exchange for use. At times, companies will pay up to $50 for a single picture. Individual images can be sold multiple times to an unlimited number of buyers. More content posted to Clashot means more chances to earn money.
Foap enables photographers to either participate in challenges or freely upload images. Companies will request a variety of visual content; some requests (called Missions on the app) will have specific guidelines while others will be more general. Each Mission will include a category, brand name, and reward amount. Once the Mission is over, a winner is chosen. Creative photographs have a higher chance of being purchased.
Scoopshot has one-day-only challenges, so it’s important for photographers to act quickly. Brands post a challenge and then users can immediately submit photos. Scoopshot has two excellent features that many others apps don’t have: firstly, the photographer sets the price for each of their photos, letting them determine the image’s value based on how much time went into it, and secondly it doesn’t take long for sellers to find out if their content will be purchased. It’s important to follow favorite brands in order to never miss a challenge. In the meantime, browse friends’ photos and “like” their work.
With Snapwire, there are two ways to make money from photos: through challenges and through an open upload platform. Third-party companies post challenges in specific topics and users vote on the submitted images. Selections with the most votes have the opportunity to earn royalties if chosen by the company. All photographers are welcome to participate, regardless of skill level. An additional way to earn money on Snapwire is by simply uploading stills. Companies can search portfolios and purchase content.
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Popular in commercial photography circles, stock photography from RooM is sold through RoomTheAgency.com, Getty Images, and iStock by Getty Images. Projects, called Briefs in the app, are separated by niche. Photographers are clued in to the types of shots that clients are likely to buy. Most Briefs are compatible with popular everyday activities, which makes it easy to shoot regularly for RooM. Once an image has been uploaded, it’s reviewed and sold at the best price available.
This app is ideal for selfie-takers who love fashion. Snap an outfit shot, upload it to the app, and then search to tag specific accessories and pieces of clothing. Ensembles are linked to brands and pieces for purchase, allowing users to shop for those items. Rack up points when people shop through your photo and when you shop through images from other users. Points are redeemable for money or prizes.
Twenty20 is a photo licensing agency that specializes in mobile photography. After three years of operating as a photo-to-print company, it leveraged its community of photographers to launch an image catalog. Today, the Twenty20 app is available to photographers of all skill levels. Not only are there challenges to participate in, but users are also connected to popular brands looking for unique photos for marketing campaigns.
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8. EyeEm’s Partnership with Getty Images
EyeEm, a photography community and marketplace, has partnered with Getty Images, a well-known creator and distributor of visual content and digital media. EyeEm images are now available through Getty Images platforms, which include iStock and GettyImages.com. Getty Images will provide both royalty-free and rights-managed licensing.
EyeEm is a free mobile app for photographers to capture, edit, share, and discover images among a creative and inspiring community. Users can decide which of their images are available for sale; they retain the copyright to their work; and they receive a fair share of revenue. EyeEm photographers are known for their unique perspective and for capturing images that are unexpected. EyeEm specializes in “real,” undirected photography, which is what many Getty Images buyers are now looking for.
Getty Images and iStock have a library of more than 150 million pieces of visual content, with customers representing 100 countries. Getty Images content appears in newspapers, magazines, films, TV programs, books, online media, and ad campaigns. The EyeEm photo collection will expand over time as the app’s international community continues to capture and share images.