What is EyeEm?
EyeEm is a plaform like Instagram, where you can upload, edit and share your photos for examply directly via your mobile phone. Nothing special or exciting but it became interesting to me when they offered the possibility to upload multiple photos using a web interface including an automated tagging of photos. For guys like me this is huge since I am really lazy when it comes to tagging my photos and it’s also not really creative what I do there. This is what it looks like when you upload photos using the webinterface:
The tags you see on the picture are provided by EyeEm – so it was able to recognize the cat and also other parts of the photo have been analyzed and suggestions for the tagging where provided. Of course, it’s not perfect but I’m impressed with what the engine is able to “see” on the photos. You can upload up to 50 photos at once, mark several photos and provide the same tags or locations – very intuitive and easy. It’s possible to upload your portfolio to the Market in no time by using this way. My EyeEm acount is available here.
The EyeEm Market
The photos you uploaded are verified by the EyeEm team and consequently granted access to the market or rejected. It’s also a benefit for the user that EyeEm has a cooperation with Getty Images, a popular platform regarding the licensing of photos. Your photos on the EyeEm Market are checked by Getty and if they want them in their portfolio, too you get an email where you can agree to this or not. It’s a little harder to get your photos on the Getty Market so my photos there are only a subset of my EyeEm Market portfolio. There are other cooperations like one with Whitewall, where your photos might be offered as prints. On the following screenshot you can see what I uploaded to EyeEm, what has been granted access to the Market and what Getty considered as good enough for their platform. Please consider that you need releases when you want to offer photos with faces so consequently my street photos are not on the market since I don’t have such written (or email) releases.
How much money can I earn on EyeEm?
The price model is rather simple. You get 50% of the money someone pays for a photo license. Yes, EyeEm makes good money from your photos but it’s worth it for you anyway in my opinion. The individual photo brings $5 to $125 for you, where $5 is a simple Getty licence while $125 is an extended licence for multiple use. I already sold photos in all categories. Since I use the Market I sell a couple of photos every month. I am not (yet) getting rich from it but it’s more than I sell in my own online shop. These are some of the photos I sold on EyeEm so far:
The photo subjects are quite diverse as you can see so I really can’t say what sells best. Just try it out yourself if you didn’t make the step to sell you own photos yet, maybe you can buy a new camera from your earnings ;).
Do you have own experiences with EyeEm? Please write it in the comments!