Everyone has a smartphone these days, and every single one of them has the ability to take a photograph and record videos. If yours doesn’t, maybe you need to consider getting yourself a new one. Over the past few years, the cameras on our smartphones have become better and better in quality. We now have the ability to take stunning photos and record gorgeous videos from a device that fits in our pocket.
So how do you make money with your smartphone camera? It’s actually very simple – all you need to do is take good photographs and sell them to people who are looking to buy images.
First, your smartphone needs to be from the last few years and the camera on it needs to be high quality. The type of phones which take the best photographs are iPhone 5 and up/ Samsung Galaxy S5 and up, and even those phones might not cut it for what you need, especially if you’re trying to capture high quality videos. The reason you need a high quality camera is so they’ll be a decent quality and size when you come to sell them. The new iPhone 7 Plus allows you to use ‘portrait’ mode, which blurs the background and brings the subject into focus so that the photos look incredible.
Of course, you can use cameras which aren’t on your smartphone, but as visionary photographer Chase Jarvis said, “The best camera is the one that’s with you”. However, feel free to use a DSLR, a GoPro action camera or anything else as long as it has a high quality camera and allows you to capture stunning photos.
There are a lot of ways you can take great photos, and it’s not just about having the right camera. It’s about being a great photographer too. We all like to think we’re experts at taking photos, but most of us could benefit from taking a photography course. If you don’t want to take a course and think you have what it takes, then there’s no harm in trying a few different things out to see what the outcome is.
The best thing is to take pictures of things you like yourself and which you enjoy taking photos of. Another good way to decide what to take pictures of is to look on the websites where you’ll be selling them and see what’s popular or trending and then go out hunting for that.
After you’ve taken your photos, you can look at editing them in some software to make those final touches. You can search online for some great free editing software, or be even more of a pro and buy Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.