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Eyeem is a platform that claims you can earn money by selling your photos and videos via the site.
In my review today I will be discovering whether you really can make money on this site, and if so how much you can earn.
To help me do this I will be uncovering what real users are saying about it. I will also be weighing up what the pros and cons are likely to be to help you decide if Eyeem is the best place for you to sell your photos.
First however let’s find out a bit more about the Eyeem platform.
EyeEm is a global online community for freelance photographers. The platform allows creators to interact, share ideas, gain exposure and find a market for their works of art and imagery.
Essentially, EyeEm acts as a marketplace where photographers can sell their best videos and imagery. Founded in 2011, EyeEm has experienced considerable growth to become one of the leading online platforms tailored for photographers.
The community currently boasts of over 22 million members with the numbers rising every day.
Joining EyeEm is very easy. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to become a member. EyeEm accepts creators from all over the world. You only need access to a smartphone or PC to sign up.
App users may register by selecting “Join Market” on the EyeEm app while web users may sign up by clicking on the “Start Selling” button on the EyeEm website. If you wish to sell your photos as a company, you need to select the “Sell Photos as Company” box.
How does EyeEm work?
EyeEm works like any other stock photo platform where you upload your photos and wait for buyers to purchase them.
The only major difference is that EyeEm works like interactive social media platforms like Instagram where members can view, like or comment on your photos.
Additionally, EyeEm offers relatively competitive rates for every photo sold. You can earn as much as 55% per total sale. Also, you get to keep the copyrights to your photos, meaning that you can resell the same photo several times to different buyers.
What is interesting is that EyeEm works with other reputable photo agencies such as Getty Images and Alamy as distribution partners. This allows members to gain more exposure and find more customers for their images through these leading photo agency platforms.
Nevertheless, making money on this platform is not necessarily easy. You can’t upload just any photo and expect to find buyers. Your photos must meet certain requirements for EyeEm to approve them.
For this reason, all visuals and images uploaded must go through a stringent review process before approval.
The period of the review process ranges from a couple of days to a few weeks depending on your submission. Once approved, your images will go straight to your portfolio.
If you are lucky, some of these photos may make it to EyeEm’s premium collection where it is easier to find potential buyers.
It is worth noting that finding buyers can take a long time considering the fact that you will be competing against millions of other freelancers. Even though EyeEm allows you to tag and add keywords to your photos, this strategy doesn’t guarantee sales. You have to market your work manually in order to attract customers.
How much can you earn with EyeEm?
As of February 2021 Eyeem are introducing a new pricing levels.
For every photo you sell, you will receive up to 55% of the total revenue for that particular image. There are 4 payout levels, with level 1 being the highest.
Your level is determined by the amount of revenue you have generated via EyeEm in the last 12 months. This gives you your Revenue Threshold. The higher your Revenue Threshold, the higher your License Revenue Share.
See the levels of pay below;
Revenue Threshold (Pay Out Level 4) $0-$299 25% License Revenue Share
Revenue Threshold (Pay Out Level 3) $300-$2,999) 35% License Revenue Share
Revenue Threshold (Pay Out Level 2) $3,000-$6,999) 45% License Revenue Share
Revenue Threshold (Pay Out Level 1) $7,000 + 55% License Revenue Share
The amount earned for your photos however depends on the license purchased by the buyer. EyeEm offers two types of licenses;
- Standard License
- Extended License
As mentioned earlier, you will remain the copyright holder of the photo.
Overall the income potential of this platform could be quite reasonable, depending of course upon the quality of your photos.
You can also increase your earnings by taking part in missions to win travel vouchers and access to photography courses. These missions are simply photography tasks whereby members are required to submit their best photos based on a specific topic.
When and how does EyeEm pay?
EyeEm does not have a minimum payout threshold. Once you have sold any of your photos, you may request for payment right away by going to the earnings section of your members’ account.
Nevertheless, you need a PayPal account, as this is the only payment method available.
Eyeem Reviews From Real Users
At the time of my latest update of this review EyeEm has a score of 4.3/5 from 222,198 reviews at Google Play.
Most users are happy with their experience using the app. Some reporting that they have managed to sell their photos, and have been paid.
Some members however are frustrated with the fact that they haven’t managed to sell many photos. Others complain about technical glitches whilst using the App.
At the App Store The App has a score of 4.8/5 from 2967 reviews. Again most users are happy with their experience with the app and the community, however some also complain about glitches with the app, and the difficulty in getting sales.
What We Think You Will Like About EyeEm
– Free to join
– Available worldwide
– Vibrant online community
– Reasonable pay
– Excellent platform for gaining exposure
– No minimum payout threshold
– Supports PayPal payments
What You May Not Like About EyeEm
– Extremely difficult to sell due to stiff competition
– All uploads have to go through a stringent review process
Some Final Thoughts On Eyeem
EyeEm is a good platform for freelance photographers to showcase their works of art.
The platform has a solid online following that guarantees excellent exposure for your imagery. Also, the pay is good and there is no payout threshold.
The only problem is that you have to compete against millions of other photographers to attract potential customers. Other than that, EyeEm is a platform worth joining.
Have you used EyeEm to make money from your photos? If so, and you want to share your experience, please leave a comment below.
Star Rating 3/5- A good platform for showcasing and selling your very best photos. Expect stiff competition however.