Did you know that there are services out there that can help you earn some extra cash when you upload your smartphone photos. There are a number of websites and apps online that allow you to upload photographs you have taken and who give you commission for each one purchased.
These platforms are equally suitable for amateurs and professionals and it can be done in your spare time or as a serious, professional, self-employed route too. Below is a list of some of the most popular platforms available online and what you differs them from the competition. If used successfully, you could save money off your next smartphone by getting your current one to pay for by exchanging photos for currency.
The Etsy platform is one great way to get your photos noticed along with prints and digital sales too. The promotions and pricing work is down to you because it uses an eBay business model which costs 0.30¢ for each item listed and a 3.5% cut taken from every item sold. If you can use this system to your advantage, then you may find it considerably more profitable compared to the other sites on todays list.
Scoopshot is different again from the other options here today, because as well as being able to upload your own photos and setting your own price, it also allows you to join assignments specified by the sites clients. Royalties via this system are a little complicated, meaning if your shot is used within an advert for example, then you will get a cut of the advertising revenue rather than a flat fee.
This is probably one of the least professional looking platforms, lacking a professional sheen in many areas. DeviantArt makes up for this with its diversity and active community, covering a large range of artwork styles including photography. They give you 20% of each photo or print sold unless you sign up as a member ($2.40 per month), in which case will give you more control over the selling prices and royalties.
One of users favourite features about this service is the use of its free mobile app which lets you quickly sell photographs taken on your phone for roughly a 44% cut, sale price and license dependent. DepositPhoto looks more like your standard stock photo portal with much more stringent vetting procedures, hence the 44 – 52% cut which is dependant on how many photos you sell through the service.
SmugMug is designed to make your photos look good for web use and their pro version starts at $12.50 per month. It includes a range of tools for selling your photography and you get to keep 85% of the profit during the process. Ultimately you are doing more of the work in terms of setting up your stall and setting prices, but it’s a toss up between more effort and a potentially larger return or a more automated service that takes a bigger cut.
This is a sub service, spun off from the main 500px site. 500px Prime allows you to buy or sell premium quality royalty free stock photos taken by portal members. 70% of the sales go to the photographer and you can continue to license your content elsewhere even after it has been sold through the site. Higher licensing fees are available when you give exclusive rights to 500px.