Sell your camera phone pictures? What? Is that possible? Contained in this article all the top few rules which you will need to know about when starting to sell your camera phone pictures, so you can be Making money from your cell phone images in this exciting and easy to start, work from anywhere new business.
More and more design companies, advertising agencies, graphic artists, web designers and anyone looking for images to use. Are turning to everyday people like you and me to provide that special, life like photo! Gone are the days when you had to be a professional photographer, to earn good money from the pictures you take. But there are certain guidelines that you will need to adhere to…
This article is not a about How to take camera phone pictures” You should not be thinking of selling your camera phone pictures if the shots you are taking are not clear and in focus. It goes without saying. Who wants to buy an out of focus image of anything, even if it is of a rare or unusual event? No body will want it, or more importantly pay for it. Stick to these ten commandment and you will not go wrong.
Copyrights. You must be the photographer of the picture that you are selling. This is the most important rule of all. If you are NOT the person who took the picture, you probably cannot use that photo legally. It is not worth being charged with plagiarism. The penalties for this can land you in prison.
If you didn’t take it, then don’t take it!
Retouched photographs. Do not try to sell retouched images either. That means one that came from somewhere ells originally. For example a photo obtained from another source like a photography web site or an e-book. Even if you’ve changed some of it in Photoshop it’s not yours to sell.
Ok, that’s the law out of the way!
Color. Always take your image using the high resolution and try to capture all the natural colours. Make sure your image is as vibrant and bright as possible. Not washed out colors. You want someone to choose it for design work. This was taken with a Nokia N8 a very capable camera in the right hands. See the vibrant colors in all the adverts of that magazine that’s close to hand. Maybe your cell or mobile phone has adjustable white balance? This lets you modify the colour balance in your images, based on shooting conditions. You just have to experiment with this feature to get a good feel for the impact it can dramatically have on your shots. The white balance affects different phone cameras in different ways.
Good lighting. Good light levels. One of the top reasons for not selling an image is bad lighting. Your subject must be well lit. You can take good pictures with your camera phone, if the object is lit up properly. The results will come in enhanced quality, when a subject is shot under natural sunlight. But if you shoot inside a room you can provide extra light by turning on the light and adjust the white balance to fix the artificial light impact. Your phone should contain a built-in flash that you can use to add clarity to your image. Just be careful not to be so close for those portraits. You don’t want you subject looking like Casper the ghost.
Private property. This is tricky one but put simply, photos of private property or businesses (showing the interior or taken on the owner’s property) must have a Property Release form signed by the owner. Staying with the same theme, vehicle registration plates must be removed from all images. That doesn’t mean take a screwdriver to the classic Aston Martin that often parks in the pub car park and remove the plates! Just airbrushing them out with your Photoshop will be great…
Model Release Forms. It is simple and there are no exceptions to this rule! These forms are essential to this business do not be put off by them. They are simply to grant you permission by the person in the photograph to use that image and sell it. If there is a person in the photograph who is recognizable it is 100% necessary to have one of these forms.
(No ifs or buts!) It does not matter, dead or alive, related or famous!
If a person died before signing a release form you cannot SELL their picture.
You need one if the image shows who it is, Dave from the pub, your deceased grandmother, your mum your dad, Tiger Woods at the top of his back swing, they all need to have signed a model release form to permit you to sell that image. But let Tiger finish his round first before you ask him!
It is simple and there are no exceptions to this rule!
If there is a recognizable face or person in the photograph you need one even if you take a self-portrait, your face must be accompanied with your signature. If you want to sell it.
Adverts, signs & Logos. Photographs cannot contain logos, characters, images or anything that is copyrighted. ‘Paint out’ the logo or copyrighted part, as long as the photo still looks good that’s fine but photos with logos in them cannot be sold!
Nudity. Sorry but no full nudity. Sexy and erotic photographs are accepted and used in many advertising campaigns but usually the images are taken in studios with more specialist equipment leave that one to the professionals…
Have fun! Use your creative talent! The people who will be looking to buy your camera phone photographs love creativity. Great photos can come from experimenting. Gone are the days when you heeded to be a professional photographer to earn good money, from the pictures you take.