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Over the past year, I’ve been making a concerted effort to improve my photography. I’ve fallen in love with it! I love carting my camera everywhere I go, eagerly on the look out for any interesting colours, angles or viewpoints to capture along with any super cute moments of Pickle. Learning how to use my camera has not only given me a creative outlet, but also ensured we have some beautiful photos of Pickle at this precious age that I know we’ll treasure for years and years to come. I’m definitely still an amateur, but when I found out about the Gallerist app and the potential to earn a little bit of money from my photography, I was really intrigued.
The Gallerist app is completely free to download for both Apple and Android phones, and gives you access to a vast array of original and unpublished images as well as the function to upload your own to sell. It’s a marketplace for professional photography with a strong element of community behind it too, and it’s a concept I’ve not really come across before.
I decided to upload a few images of food and drink as a tester. I figured, I had nothing to lose by uploading the images, and if somebody wanted to buy them then that’s a little extra pocket money in the run up to Christmas. Once I’d taken some time to get my bearings of the app, it was fairly straight forward to select the images I wanted to upload, create a gallery and put it up for sale. In fact, it hardly took any time at all.
I wasn’t sure about putting photos of Pickle on there… although I’m obviously comfortable with sharing his image online, the idea of someone paying for his face (literally) made me feel a bit weird. I found it really interesting to see what other galleries users were uploading and the types of other photos on offer. It was fascinating to see the range of topics covered and the different photography techniques on show.
I think this app is a great stepping stone into the world of commercial photography for amateur photographers like myself – it gives us a platform to test the waters and to see if there’s a market for the kind of images we take. As a blogger as well, it’s doubly interesting as a potential tool for sourcing images. I love having unique and original content on my website, and sometimes, I just haven’t taken the exact kind of image I need to really make a blog post pop.
If you’re intrigued, feel free to have a nosy at the Gallerist Facebook page to see what all the fuss is about, and whilst you do that, I’ll be curating a few more galleries in the hope of making a few sales before Christmas!
Disclaimer: I have been compensated for trialing this photography app. All opinions remain my own.