Selling smartphone photos for extra cash

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A picture is worth a thousand words; on Foap, it's worth $5.

Foap is a stock photo app that sells your smartphone snapshots to major companies like Puma, Heineken and Mastercard.    

"You may not even know this, but brands are struggling really hard in order to find authentic, natural and real content to be used in their social medias," explains David Los, Foap co-founder and CEO.

"And the best thing about it is, they're ready to pay money for this content, and you don't need to be a professional photographer," said Los.

When your photo sells, you get $5. You can sell that photo over and over.

What sells best? Pictures of people, pets, and holidays that show energy and emotion.

Here's how it works: 

  • You download the free Foap app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. 
  • Then choose one of your photos and name it.
  • Next, you need to list searchable keywords that describe the photo.
  • Are there people in the picture? If so, you need permission to show them. 
  • Your photo will publish after it's reviewed by Foap users and rates a minimum of 2.5 stars.

Downsides:

  •  To publish your photo, you have to rate five other photos and that can take time.
  •  The app only allows you to upload pictures from your smartphone, not your camera - where your better photos may have been taken.

But KATU Problem Solver Shellie Bailey-Shah found a work-around.  If you upload your camera photos to your photo stream on the iCloud, you can sell those too.

People are making money on Foap. Some users report earning $100 per month.

But as the most popular photos featured on the app show, the competition can be stiff.

Want to see insider tips on selling photos on Foap?  Watch an interview with CEO David Los below.