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? Or simply, How to make money with photography? 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.

Which smartphone do you need?

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 models allows you to use ‘portrait’ mode, which blurs the background and brings the subject into focus so that the photos look incredible. Apparently the best rated Smartphone cameras are the iPhone X / 10 and the Google Pixel 2.

Of course, you don’t have to use a camera 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.

How to take great photographs

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.

What are the best things to take photographs of?

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.

They often have special offers, such as the Adobe Creative Cloud photography plan for £8.57 per month


Where to sell your images

After you’ve taken your pictures and edited them, you’re now ready to sell. There are many places online to do this, but the ones we’d recommend signing up to are as follows:

  • iStock Photo
  • Fotolia
  • Shutterstock
  • Photodune
  • Flikr

You can sign up to these websites for free and start uploading pictures. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t sell any straight away – there are thousands of images for sale so you have a lot of competition. You can share your links and pictures on other websites online if you want to gather some more publicity and reach a wider audience. Once you start selling a few and building up some loyal fans, they will return to you whenever they need some decent images. This is particularly true if you specialise in taking photographs of certain things, such as animals or landscapes. After a while, you’ll figure out what you’re good at and what you’re not so good at. When this happens, you can focus on improving your skills with a certain subject and you’ll become an expert on one or two things.

There are many more platforms out there, and we’ll add them to the list when we look into them further. For now, get out there and take some photos and see how much money you can make from your new venture.