You can earn a living with your DSLR. But can you earn a living with your smartphone camera?
Camera technology has been at the heart of smartphones. And today, there are smartphones like the Google Pixel, iPhone 7, and Galaxy S7 that can turn you into a professional-grade photographer. But creativity doesn’t need a dual-pixel sensor. If you can take a unique shot, there’s always a market for it.
One of the most democratic places for a professional photographer to sell his wares is 500px.com. The photo sharing website makes your job easier with a mobile app called RAW.
RAW is free and only available on iOS. It is also a simple app but behind its simplicity lies an entire workflow which is its selling point. This is one tool you should have in your kitty if you are a photographer looking to license your photos to a marketplace like 500px.
The post-processing steps are gulp down most of the time. RAW by 500px has the editing tools to help short-circuit that and make it a lot smooth. Four uninterrupted steps and you are in business.
- Shoot RAW photos with your smartphone, or import from your Photos library with iOS 10.
- Use hue, saturation, and luminance controls to post-process your RAW photos to get the right professional look.
- Save the settings as a custom filter, use the pre-sets available, or get a filter created by someone from the community.
- Easily create digital model releases with a tap and submit it to 500px for licensing and sale.
Any photo sold through 500px.com earns you 60 percent commission on each sale. The app also notifies you about any new assignments posted by buyers.
Another App in a Crowded Market?
A smartphone like iPhone 7 (Also, iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7 Plus, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro) have boosted smartphone photography with the power to shoot in RAW/DNG. Android phones with Lollipop 5.0 enjoy the same scope. This flexibility has allowed apps like Lightroom Mobile and Manual to become hot favorites.
But 500px is not only an app or a web service. It’s a professional marketplace with key content publishing partners including Google who could snap your best shots. The RAW app acts as the bridge.
But you still must put in the creativity.
Have you ever sold a smartphone photo? What do you think about the RAW app? Tell us in the comments.