HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Who hasn’t thought of earning a little money on the side?
Whether you’re looking to build a nest egg, pay for your education, or start your own full-time business, everything you need to get started is probably on your smartphone. If you’re the creative type with a good eye for photos, the “Foap” smartphone app might land one of your photos in a big ad campaign.
Foap is a licensing company that functions as a clearinghouse, connecting amateur photographers with businesses looking for high-quality photos. Businesses are always looking for unique photos for marketing and web materials, but these photos can be very expensive when purchased from professional photographers. Some of these large companies and many small businesses turn to Foap to license photos for their marketing and web materials. It costs you nothing to use the app, but if you sell something, you’ll share what you earn with Foap. Fair enough.
Here’s how the app works and why it can bankrupt some photographers:
After downloading the app and creating an account, you start uploading your snapshots. Any photo will do as long as it doesn’t show someone’s face (you’ll need to fill out release forms for this). Once the photos are uploaded, companies can find them and make you an offer.
Here are some pro tips for getting your photos seen:
- Don’t waste time downloading sunsets. They all look alike and there are thousands (millions?) of them already posted.
- Same with the flowers.
- Write a caption for each photo.
- Include tags such as “beach”, “stop sign”, “downtown street”, or “baby”. (remember, no faces)
- Find the most popular tags and use them as your own “mission” to go out and create photos that rival others that have sold for money.
- Upload a lot of photos, even if some are not very good. The more you upload, the more likely companies are to see all of your snaps.
Foap also includes a Missions tab where you see business requests. Some of these requests will pay $100 or more for the best photo uploaded. Missions are not free for all users. To take advantage of these requests, you will need to purchase FOAP coins. I suggest uploading photos to your account first before jumping into anything that’s going to cost money.
It only takes a few minutes to get started, then you can start downloading. Be sure to look at some of the photos that other Foap users have sold to get a good idea of what companies are typically looking for.
You might not get rich with your photos, but depending on how much time you invest in shooting and uploading (and your ability to capture high-quality images), you can make a lot of money. Foap is a legit website and not a scam. Photos uploaded to the site are noticed and seen by businesses large and small.
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