Foap enlists both amateur and professional photographers to submit photos for possible purchase by advertising agencies and brands.
Expected pay: $5 + per photo purchase (after commissions)
Commissions & fees: 50%
Where: Nationwide (remote)
Requirements: 18 or older; a smart phone
Foap enlists photographers — amateur and professional — to submit smart-phone photos for potential purchase by brands that want photos to illustrate their advertising campaigns. Most photos are purchased for $10. Foap takes a 50% commission, so you get $5 from each sale.
The site also offers “missions,” where brands will request specific types of photos. There are two types of missions — regular and premium.
With regular missions, photographers are invited to submit photos that match the mission’s theme for the chance to get paid between $100 and $500 for the “winning” photo. These missions typically include a branded product, which the brand will send you for free when you join the mission.
There is only one winner in regular missions. However, brands will sometimes buy additional non-winning photos for the regular $10 price. And some “exclusive missions” pay up to $60 for non-winning photos purchased after the contest is over.
But, while Foap’s terms are a little vague on this point, it’s likely that you lose the ability to resell a photo purchased in an exclusive mission elsewhere. And since you’re only getting half of the $60 payment, that’s not a giant premium for giving up your ability to resell that photo somewhere else.
The potential payouts are considerably higher — up to $2,000 — with “premium” missions. And there are multiple winners. Photos in premium missions also generally don’t include branded content.
But to get into a premium mission, you need Foap “coins.” There are two ways to get these coins. You can answer survey questions and/or watch advertisements to earn them. Or you can buy them for 2 – 5 cents per coin. Coins cannot be traded for cash, so if you buy them, don’t overdo it.
Foap Plus Badges
If you contribute a lot to this app, you might earn a “plus” badge. However, that’s only if Foap’s staff determines that your work is great. Badges are granted by Foap’s content team. They can’t be purchased or gained simply through persistence. If you earn this badge, you may be invited to participate in missions without having to pay Foap coins to join.
What we like
One of the nice aspects of Foap is that it engages amateur smart-phone photographers, who would otherwise have difficulty earning money for their photos. We also like the certainty of Foap’s set-price photo sales.
What we don’t like
That said, Foap’s customers all appear to be commercial enterprises that want to use your work in advertisements and other commercial purposes. This is the type of use that normally demands a premium price, even with stock photo companies.
We are not sure that this site is worth your time if you’re a professional photographer. But if you’re an amateur looking for practice with some profit potential, Foap is an attractive option. However, as you gain skill and experience, also consider signing up with other stock photo sites, such as Shutterstock, Adobe Stock and iStock.
If you have particularly beautiful shots that could be made into beautiful puzzles, coffee mugs or other consumer items, also consider signing up with print-on-demand shops such as Society 6, RedBubble and FineArtAmerica.
What their users say: (from G2)
The best part about Foap is being able to connect with fellow photographers and the opportunity to be able to sell your own photos. But this isn’t a great way to make money, just a fun way. You may or may not make any actual money with this app.
It is simple to use for everyone. You don’t need much, just a phone to register and to upload your photos and videos on the app. It is possible to start earning money immediately if your photos appeal to the Foap market. Pricing starts at $10 per photo and users keep half of the profit, which is more than most other stock photography platforms. The app can also keep both novice and experienced
My favorite thing about Foap is how easy it is to learn the ins and outs of the app and how the program itself works. I also love the fact that Foap allows all kinds of users, from amateur to professional photographers, to be able to make money. Foap connects you with international brands and is a great marketplace to bring your photos to potential buyers in a very simple way.
I do absolutely love the concept of Foap however, I think it is really hard to actually make a sale on there. I posted a ton of photos that I think are professional quality and while I have been on there a pretty long time I still haven’t made any money. However, I still love the concept of the app and I have enjoyed using it.
from the Apple App Store
I’m professional and have sold images on Getty but rarely here. Their “missions” are a waste of money. First, you’ll have to buy the right to submit your work with their “coins” purchased from $5-$20. Further, each image for the same “mission” will cost you more coins.
Won a total of 150$ already.
I’ve used Foap for a while and was constantly uploading + selling photos but now they’ve launched “premium missions” and you have to pay to join them.. kind of takes away from the whole app experience for me. Turned into another money-hungry app and that’s not worth my time or photography.
This is an awesome app. I like how you can get photos sold. I also like how you can look at other peoples photos and rate them along with achievements, my photos, etc. But what I don’t like is how most of the images that get sold are mission images and you have 1% to a 5% chance of winning which kind of unrealistic. I also don’t like how the photos that get sold aren’t the greatest… please make it so that it’s easier to get photos sold thank you. But overall it’s a very good app
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