Are you really want to know how to earn money with smartphone? You’re not read a clickbait or hoax article but today I wanna share to you about how monetize your smartphone and selling every photos that you took through it. I’m Bima by the way and I’m a wedding photographer so thank you for visiting my blog.
If you think that earning money through photos must be using a high level camera brand like Nikon D810 than you might be wrong, cause now you can use your smartphone to get some passive income through photos that you’ve made with your phone.
And it’s called a stock photography,
No matter what you capture than you will always able to make money from this niche even I saw some of my Thailand friend working so hard on stock photography fo living. Now sit back on your sofa and let me explain some good information for you.
What is Stock Photography
Stock photography is kind of photos that use by agency, mass media, or even a blogger. If one of a company want to deliver good information to their fans or reader than they might need photos or videos and here is where your money come from.
Now lets imagine! If there is a blogger or news maker who want to describe more about Shark conservatory but they don’t wanna go to Conservatorium to reduce their budget or don’t have much time for it, so what they must do?
Exactly, they must buy a photos or videos legally so they can put it on their blog post or magazine. And where they have to looking for the photos? yess….they really need a person like you, a person who take a photos about Shark and this is what happen to my self.
See this pictures below,
I went to Singapore last March with family and asking all the kids to visiting Sea Aquarium in Sentosa resort world. There is a glass tunnel where I can see all the fish, turtle, even shark swim above me and at the end of the tunnel there is a giant hole where people can swim in a cage and see directly how the guard feed the shark.
I don’t have much time to open my bag and pick up my Fujifilm XT-3 so what I did is pick up my phone (I used an old iPhone 5 by the way) and capture the shark moment above my head. If you see my shark tank photo above than you will know that I don’t even use any post production work by Photoshop or Lightroom and directly upload that photo on my Shutterstock account.
Voila…..I got a buyer who pay me $0.25 from an ugly Shark tank photo that I took in Singapore and this is how the money come from. If I can earn money by using an old iPhone 5, you may have a better iphone than me like iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 with 64GB, or even the rose gold of iPhone 7 than I sure that you are able to earn money too.
How to Earn Money with Smartphone in 3 Lazy Steps
Before you know about how to earn money with smartphone than I want to tell you that you are in a real business so make sure that you set a good mindset and you will always let this work as your primary job and let you travel around the globe for sure. After this I will guide you step by step to start earning money:
1 – Sign Up on Shutterstock
There are so many platform to sell your photos but if this gonna be your first time than I suggest you to stay focus on one platform and let me introduce you about Shutterstock contributor.
Simply sign up your name as a Shutterstock contributor, and complete the details such as complete name, email, phone number, tax ID, till where your money will goest to.
2 – Pick Up Your Smartphone and Start Taking Pictures
Now it’s your turn to got the content, wake up from your bedroom and go for little walk than capturing your surrounding moment with your smartphone. It can be an autumn falling leaves, trash on the street or even people activities but 2 (two) things that you must know is make sure that you got a smartphone that provide 4MP CAMERA at minimum and get CLEAR PHOTOS (get focus, no noise or grainy on it).
Here below are some smartphone that reliable to take a great photos:
Yesterday I’m using my wife’s Samsung Galaxy A10 to take an outdoor terrace details such as my daughter’s bike, drainage system, and trash. Take a look the sample below and I already get approval from Shutterstock which is mean my photos are ready to sell globally.
3 – Make Great Description and Keywords
The success key of selling photos online are make a great photo description and put the right keywords (50 max keyword for each photos but I used to put 40).
If you are taking photos of an object that have a company logo than simply set it as an editorials which is mean this photos only able to use for non-commercial only but if there is no logo or company brand than you can set your photos as a commercial.
On my daughter’s bike, I sure that there is a logo from the bike company so if I set those photo into commercial than it must be rejected. So what I did on it is set as an editorial. If you set your photos as an editorial than you must provide a description in more detail, you must tell where and when this photo taken (see the editorial example from my daughter’s bike photo)
My Last Words…
Now you already know that earning $$$ from selling photos is ain’t hoax anymore and you are able to do it too for your own purposes. You also can share this article to any friends or family member who want to know how to earn money with smartphone by selling any kind of photos.
If you still have a question related to this topic than I will be more than happy to help you, simply put a comment on the form below and I will reply as soon as possible. Good luck with your microstock photography journey and lets keep in touch!