I love photography—especially mobile photography. I love to take amazing photos on my iPhone and I also love to see incredible photos taken by other people. It’s basically what makes Instagram so appealing. But aside from Instagram, there are some other interesting photo social networks popping up and making a splash. One in particular that has me pretty excited is called EyeEm. What makes it different? EyeEm is a photo community and marketplace, allowing interested smartphone photographers to connect with others, share their work and even get paid for their photography.
With the success of Instagram, why exactly was EyeEm built? Markus Spiering, Chief Product Officer, explains, “EyeEm focuses on giving users something beyond just a like for their photos.” That’s more than just a shot at Instagram. It’s a statement that matters to people like me who really enjoy taking smartphone photos. He continues, “The EyeEm community get their photos discovered through our partnerships with publications like The Huffington Post, or even get their photos sold through EyeEm’s own market or it’s work with Getty Images.”
Did you catch that? Your photos can go on to be a part of something big. And you can get paid for it. It feels a bit like a no-brainer; if you’re taking really nice photos with your phone, why not get paid for them on top of building up a fan base?
For an example, take the Delta Airlines passenger who shot a photo with EyeEm at an airport and, shortly after uploading it, had it bought by Delta. Not only did the user get paid, but the photo went viral on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Missions feature of EyeEm is particularly interesting. It allows brands to connect with real people by crowdsourcing photos from the EyeEm community. So far over 200,000 people have participated in Missions assignments/challenges since the feature was launched last year. What I like about the Missions feature is that it lets an average, ordinary person connect with—and possibly sell photos to—brands they would never have access to normally while also allowing brands the chance to get their hands on some highly authentic imagery. Talk about a win-win.
Another awesome EyeEm feature you aren’t going to find elsewhere? Open Edit. Open Edit lets you learn from the ...