Your friends' mobiles carry your next referral sale!

posted on 10th of october, 2013

I'm looking at our Mobile photos category where we've added all images shot with a smartphone - feel free to browse it yourselves:

Mobile phone shots

It looks like these photos are getting better and better. Processed, pixelred, eyeemed, instagrammed or straight from the phone's camera, many of them are simply amazing. There is a certain type of photo that you don't get to see from your own DSLR. The mobile phone allows you to get closer to the model while being less intrusive and it's definitely handier when the right occasion arises. It's also a great proof that the old saying "it's not the camera, it's the photographer" is true. There is good in-camera software available beside the aforementioned post processing tools. HTC Zoe's for example starts recording 2 seconds before you click the shutter release so you can never miss that candid smile before actually saying cheese. Nokia's latest Lumia does a great job in low lighting, Iphones have stunning DOF and the list could go on. But we're all thinking that they're not a replacement for our main camera and you already know your mobile's capabilities or limits.

This however is not a discussion about the technical pros and cons of mobile shots. This is about the fact that mobile shots open the door to a new category of submitters, many of whom are your friends or family. Have you considered that? Just check and you'll see that their latest smartphones carry a nice collection of images. Why not turn them into your referrals? Ask them to create an account, using your referral link or ID of course, and give them some basic info on how to upload. Just to be on the safe side, you should also inform them briefly on terms, model release requirements, copyright issues and other relevant things new uploaders should be aware of. It is a very good idea to check the image at 100% as it may look great when viewed at small size but remember that we also sell large sizes so always zoom to avoid issues related to noise, motion blur, copyright etc.

A good referral is one that sells so take a few moments to select the best photos from their phone galleries. Here are just a few hints: go for family&friends spontaneous shots that capture genuine joy and happiness; ask them which moments impressed them so much that they could not resist taking a photo. If they were impressed, chances are others will be impressed as well; a good niche would be to pick impossible angles where big cameras would be hard to carry (the merry-go-rounds or climbing sessions for instance); go for the the mobile phone classics (crowds at the concert, an accident in the street, a strike at the airport). And another tip: the general rule is that the unprocessed will work better. But if a shot looks too dull or too noisy, you might be able to save it using a post-processing software. Pixlr is probably the best choice at this point, truly a Photoshop for mobiles. You can upload the images straight from the phone (I suggest using a FTP app such as AndFTP, you'll love it). I bet they'll be thrilled after they see their first images in action and you'll have gained a good referral.

If you've never thought your mom or best friend were much of a photographer, think again. You have the stock experience, they have the content on their mobiles and may be your next best referrals. So spread the word, phoneography IS your next referral sale!

Comments (14)

Posted by Wordplanet on October 21, 2013
Great idea!
Posted by Celiaak on October 19, 2013
Great idea...
Posted by Apetrov89ru on October 18, 2013
useful information!
Posted by Maocheng on October 17, 2013
Good phone, good shot!
Posted by Lenutaidi on October 17, 2013
Yes, interesting....Maybe in the future I can try this...but hold on! The future is now! And now only use the phone for calls (and those short):).So, you know...the future looks bright! Thank you for sharing this!
Posted by Teabum on October 17, 2013
Interesting! Certainly something to consider for photography in the future. On the other hand, if the mobile snappers get really into it, they will get some decent camera (soo much difference in using the real thing instead point&shoot, even so, really cool "toy").
Posted by Peanutroaster on October 16, 2013
As the cell phone camera eats away at the photography market, I suppose it will only be a matter of time before we see more expensive and less photography equipment on the market. On the upside as people shun real cameras for phone cameras, the value of a real photographer with real equipment should increase.
Posted by Mudplucker on October 15, 2013
O.K. thanks for the info, my mistake !
Posted by Achilles on October 15, 2013
The Mobile category can be selected for any mobile-related shots. People interested to see photos based on the equipment can visit the Cameras section.
For instance these are Iphone 5 photos.
Posted by Perstock on October 14, 2013
Posted by Mudplucker on October 14, 2013
So why do i click your link and see a photo in the bunch that says it was shot with a 5D MKii ????
Posted by Matthiase on October 14, 2013
How do you upload phone images for the category ? =)
Posted by Waihs on October 14, 2013
Good advice! Thank you for your share!
Posted by Cqyoung on October 13, 2013
That's a good idea!! Maybe I can try to shoot with Sphone too!!

Comments (14)

This article has been read 4549 times. 5 readers have found this article useful.
Photo credits: Brett Critchley.

About me

More than 15 years ago, I've started my own revolution in design and photography. It was a bet I made with myself to see if passion can become a way of life. It has for me. Dreamstime is one of the world's leaders in stock photography, although it has started with an obsolete, now out-of-date digital camera and my modest collection of photos. But I pursued my dream and now Dreamstime, apart from being an agency and a business, is the largest gathering place for passionate photographers and designers. I like to think that we're not offering photographers just a way to earn money out of their... [Read more]

Bucharest, RO

Blogs Exclusive user
June (1)

Stock Photography that BLOGS!

Interact, make friends, share tips and techniques, have fun. Dreamstime wants your ideas and thoughts whether you are a photographer, designer or regular user. Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite images and photographers, post tutorials or simply exchange opinions with your with fellow dreamstimers.

Don't forget words and pictures go great together so make sure you choose some Dreamstime favorite pics to brighten your article. For inspiration, check out the hottest or the most useful blogs on the left.

Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite stock images and photographers

Create your blog

My favorite articles


More favorite articles

Related image searches

mobile shots referral program sales

Sales related stock images