Many freelance and novice photographers have found a nice side income in selling photos online. Did you know you could also make money selling your smartphone photos? Scoopshot is one such app that allows you to do just that.
How Does Scoopshot Work?
Unlike some sites where you simply add photos and hope they match a publisher’s needs, Scoopshot is assignment-based. Publishers and marketers add tasks to the site telling users what images they need. App users can then snap a shot and upload it to the site. If the publisher likes it, they can purchase the rights.
Some of the current media outlets looking for images include News Corp, USA Today and London Evening Standard. The assignments are varied and available internationally. Current requests include kids in costumes, fall foliage, London museums, Hong Kong protests, show your cup of joe and more. If a publication likes your portfolio they can even offer you direct assignments.
Who Can Join?
Anyone can join. You don’t need to be a professional photographer. Most of the buyers are looking for everyday people doing everyday things.
One weird thing to note: the FAQ on the main site states that you cannot cash out earnings to a business account. They only work with people, not business entities. However, you can register for free with Scoopshot PRO and use your business entity/account. This will also allow you to receive push notifications of assignments based on your location.
How Am I Paid and When?
Each task will show the publisher’s purchase price. You are only paid when an image sells and images are only kept on the site for 48 hours. That being said, depending on the license an image may be sold multiple times. You will receive compensation for each sale.
Your earnings will display in your smartphone and you can transfer funds to your bank or PayPal account at any time.
What Do Scoopshot Reviews Have To Say?
Here are some stats according to Scoopshot as of July 2013. As the largest number of photographers is located in Germany, these numbers include conversion to US currency for our purposes.
- 280,000+ photographers worldwide
- 752,000 photos submitted, 180,000 sold
- The top user has earned over $26,000
- 59 users have earned over $1,200
Keep in mind these numbers are from over a year ago. The above numbers have likely risen.
This site has been around since 2011. I have yet to see any negative feedback. Just know the availability of assignments will likely be highly dependent on location. This would be a nice side gig but not a full-time earner.
Are There More Apps Like Scoopshot?
Have you tried Scoopshot? How was your experience?