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Make Money with Your Smartphone Camera

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

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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.

Getting Apple Pay for Your Business

Apple Pay was launched in the United Kingdom in June 2015, eight months after its official release in the USA, gaining the interest of many users of the iPhone. By October 2015, only 16% of Apple users had tried Apple Pay, and just 5% of people stated that they use the system when faced with a terminal that accepts it.

What exactly is Apple Pay and what are the reasons for and against trying it within your business?

What is Apple Pay?

As one of the leading technology companies in the world, it’s no surprise that Apple is the first to develop a payment system whereby customers can make purchases using their mobile phones. On the iPhone 6 (and newer models) on other select Apple devices, the Wallet app enables users to add their credit and/or debit cards in order to pay for goods and services without using their physical card.

The fingerprint recognition feature which is included on the latest iPhones and other Apple devices provides security for customers. The app will not work until the customer’s fingerprint has been recognised by the device. This means that the payment cannot be authorised by anybody else other than the owner of the phone or a family member/friend whose fingerprint has been added onto the device.

Just like contactless cards, all the customer is required to do is hold their phone to the card machine. Once their fingerprint has been recognised, the payment will go through.

What are the pros of Apple Pay for businesses?

  • For retailers, Apple Pay provides an additional method of payment for their customers. People who have their phones with them but no cash or cards can still buy goods or services, which leads to extra sales.
  •  Since this system works with most major banks in the UK, anybody with a suitable device is eligible to use Apple Pay. Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Barclays and Halifax are just a few of the banks which support it, and even M&S Bank is taking part too.
  • Anybody with MasterCard, Visa or American Express cards can take advantage of this new system in order to make a payment.
  • Another reason why many retailers are choosing to include Apple Pay as a payment method is the fact that an increasing number of Apple devices are supporting it. Customers with an iPhone 6, 6 Plus or later model will be able to use Apple Pay, and various iPads and Apple watches are also compatible. The iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and later tablets can be used, and Apple watches paired with the iPhone 5 or newer models are suitable too.
  • The system is very secure for both the merchant and the customer. The liability rules remain the same whether the customers pay through Apple Pay or with their physical card. Many customers prefer the contactless methods, since they don’t need to worry about anybody stealing their PIN number over their shoulder.
  • Apple Pay will work with most, if not all, NFC-equipped terminals, so if your business already has one of these, there may not be much else to do in order to get this system set up.

What are the cons of Apple Pay for businesses?

Although there are many benefits to offering Apple Pay as a payment method for your customers, there are also some things which deter businesses from getting it.

  •  Apple Pay started off with a £20 spending limit, which was increased to £30 in the UK after three months. However, this isn’t much use to a customer who wants to spend over £30, meaning that the Apple system of payment is only suitable for those making small purchases. It could also mean that customers spend less in a bid to ensure they are under the spending limit.
  • If your business doesn’t already have an NFC terminal, it could be very expensive to get the necessary equipment installed. Many small companies with low budgets are not willing to take the risk that comes with installing Apple Pay, since there is no guarantee that customers will use it regularly or that it will provide a significant benefit to the business.
  • Apart from potentially installing extra terminals and other equipment, more training will be needed in order to make sure that employees are up-to-date with how to process payments made through Apple Pay. Again, this comes with a further cost to the business, which could set a small company back by several hundred pounds.
  • For many business owners, there isn’t enough evidence to suggest that Apple Pay will become hugely popular among customers. Because it is a very new system, it could still be rejected by many people, especially the older generation who often shy away from advances in technology. As a result, companies may find that they install new contactless NFC terminals, only to see their customers preferring the regular chip and PIN method.
  • There are several reasons why customers choose not to use Apple Pay when shopping. In a survey, most people reported that they either forgot they could use the method or they weren’t too sure whether it would be accepted. Others were worried about the security and functions of Apple Pay, but a larger percentage of respondents used a different method of payment in order to gain rewards from their purchases.

How can a Business get Apple Pay?

If you’re considering getting Apple Pay for your business, you should check first to see if you have a contactless terminal. If you do, it’s very likely that you’ll be able to accept Apple Pay almost immediately, simply by getting into touch with your payment provider to let them know. Providers of contactless terminals include WorldPay and Barclaycard, among others. There are no extra fees for setting up your terminal to accept Apple Pay.

To let your customers know that you’re now accepting Apple Pay, you can order decals for your windows and stickers to put on the terminal itself. The Apple Pay symbol is normally displayed alongside the contactless symbol, telling customers that they can pay with a contactless card or by using their devices.

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