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Candidtag Lets Photogs Earn Cash From Strangers Who Don’t Carry Cameras

Candidtag is a new service designed to make it easy to earn a little cash by photographing strangers you meet out in public. The idea is that there are people (e.g. tourists) out there who are too busy enjoying their lives to carry a camera around, but at the same time would like memories of their experiences. If you always carry your camera around, you can offer to take pictures for strangers and then give them a card pointing them to your Candidtag “collection”. The client can later visit the website to view the photos you took and purchase prints or digital copies. Photographers are paid by commission when sales are made.

Candidtag (Thanks Justin!)


 
 
  • Melissa Coetzee

    I need an Invitation Code !

  • chuck

    This is so cool! I literally ALWAYS have a camera.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Here are a few codes that we were emailed for anyone interested: 1iuWdec5
    0HmrW9XC
    NZWRsPWg
    62AwpIKi
    0HOKu0FJ
    1YIE5Rkn
    1jNomlWq
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    0ET3OiX3
    1EEwg1Ee

  • Use Your Brain

    Terrible idea created by greedy buggers who just want to skim off other people’s work. If you are a photographer, just give the ‘tourists’ YOUR BUSINESS CARD and sell them prints yourself without having to use a dbag middle man whose sole purpose is to sit at home watching his/her bank account grow for doing nothing.

    wake up people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sergey-Skleznev/100000975961298 Sergey Skleznev

    “just give the ‘tourists’ YOUR BUSINESS CARD and sell them prints yourself” – absolutely right!

  • Guest

    Michael, how can you post/support this? You are leading fellow hard working photographers to be taken advantage of hardcore. 

     Their FAQ. ———-Do you guys print the photos yourselves? ”At the moment, we are not experts in the field of photo printing so we rely on those that are for our printing needs.”What company do you guys use to print photos? we rely on Adorama for all prints sold on our website. Look at this horrid commission settings:COMMISSIONSales Range Commission %
    0.00 – 49.99 30%
    50.00 – 99.99 35%
    100.00 – 199.99 40%
    200.00 – 299.99 45%
    300.00 and up 50% If you get an order January 1st, you WILL NOT GET PAID FOR IT UNTIL MARCH 15th.Horrid business practices.Yes, wake up PHOTOGRAPHERS. There are TONS of FREE websites you can showcase your photos on for ‘tourists’ to visit to select which photos they would like to order. GET YOUR OWN ADORAMA account or WHCC.COM or MANY OTHER PRINT COMPANY solutions out there. They offer great print prices, good shipping costs and you BANK whatever profits you WORKED VERY HARD TO MAKE.
    STOP BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. Do a small amount of legwork yourself, this is your business, your life, take control of it.

  • Steve

    I agree, why earn a commission when you do all the work?  Would be easy to upload some small watermarked photos and get all the money if people want them.

    Are people really too busy having fun to take their own photos though?  So many people use their phones to take photos now, are they going to want a stranger to take their photo?  I don’t think there’s a lot of money in this for the photographers, it seems like a badly thought out idea to me.  If there was money to be made doing this, there would already be photographers doing it.  I’m sure there are some but I don’t think it’s going to be an easy way to make money.

  • Guest

    Aren’t there some legal issues with this whole thing? Like for example(and I know this is somewhat extreme) but what is stopping some creeper from buying prints of all the kids on the soccer team, you gave him a card cause he was in the audience like anyone else.  If I had a kid there, I wouldn’t want someone else to buy photos of my kid, or am I missing the point of this altogether.  Isn’t there some sort of release that has to be signed by the people in the photos if those photos are going to offered for sale, especially if they are going to be offered for sale to more people than just the actual models themselves?

  • Jon

    Nope. You can shoot and sell pictures of anything or anyone you want (with only a few exceptions.) You may not use them for advertising without a model release, but you can create a soccer kids calendar and sell it. Doesn’t mean you’re not asking for angry parents, but it’s not illegal.

  • Guest

    Fair enough, but what extent does the term “advertising” reach to,  Isn’t the photos being on a public album a form of self advertisment?

  • http://twitter.com/Wallerus Sam Wallace

    I thought this was a great idea, but I read further along. I love taking picks of bands at shows, mostly of friends who are in bands, and happily give them my shots to use for nothing. I enjoy the art both music and photography more than the credit/money/fame that might come with it. Going to retract my up vote for this one. It seems to devalue the art, while trying to show photographers how to cash in on the art itself. If it’s your business, then hand them YOUR CARD, not some third party person. Adorama is a great company, but it doesn’t mean you can’t use them yourself.

  • Kjstnalkdnfg

    dont tourists carry cameras?

  • Anonymous

    Hey all, I am the founder of Candidtag and I just wanted to address some of the feedback (which is unfortunately largely negative) that I have read in the comments. First, I am a long time photographer that has found it extremely difficult to monetize my passion and hobby – photography.  The idea is plain and simple to allow photographers to supplement their income whenever they want. 

    To address the commission structure, our commission is extremely competive! If you compare our payouts to that of getty, or any other stock photo site you will find that we pay head and shoulders above what anyone else pays.  As far as our commission pay schedule goes, we have the exact same pay schedule as Google AdSense, Burst and every other affiliate website.  The minimum monthly earnings are there simply so we don’t have to cut checks for users that may have only earned a dollar or two in a given month.

    To address the notion that people could just hand someone their business card, I think you are missing the point. Our service takes care of the watermarking, hosting, thumbnailing, caching, cart-browsing, printing, credit card processing, packaging and shipping. Though we rely on 3rd party services for some of this (for example shipping and printing) all of these services come at a price, yet still we offer up to 50% commission. 

    Lastly, if you still have doubts, come sign up and give it a try. Signups are free. Here are some more invite codes:

    1ox1eYWmqBM0T0xOCfPzej1C1UTJ54Ml06F7GH9J0WwIBTKBw2j5MrLAksNiIznkQNMmFYRD0nxwgzTI0HnlEZ0a1pm7WMnx04VnCxVPLi92jfSLbd4J1lSBzq7tL3ew0EhZIL3m09MesqCM0wG8cHM70WCbW8Kf

  • Anonymous

    Hey all, I am the founder of Candidtag and I just wanted to address some of the feedback (which is unfortunately largely negative) that I have read in the comments. First, I am a long time photographer that has found it extremely difficult to monetize my passion and hobby – photography.  The idea is plain and simple to allow photographers to supplement their income whenever they want. 

    To address the commission structure, our commission is extremely competive! If you compare our payouts to that of getty, or any other stock photo site you will find that we pay head and shoulders above what anyone else pays.  As far as our commission pay schedule goes, we have the exact same pay schedule as Google AdSense, Burst and every other affiliate website.  The minimum monthly earnings are there simply so we don’t have to cut checks for users that may have only earned a dollar or two in a given month.

    To address the notion that people could just hand someone their business card, I think you are missing the point. Our service takes care of the watermarking, hosting, thumbnailing, caching, cart-browsing, printing, credit card processing, packaging and shipping. Though we rely on 3rd party services for some of this (for example shipping and printing) all of these services come at a price, yet still we offer up to 50% commission. 

    Lastly, if you still have doubts, come sign up and give it a try. Signups are free. Here are some more invite codes:

    1ox1eYWm
    qBM0T0xO
    CfPzej1C
    1UTJ54Ml
    06F7GH9J0WwIBTKB
    w2j5MrLA
    ksNiIznk
    QNMmFYRD
    0nxwgzTI
    0HnlEZ0a
    1pm7WMnx
    04VnCxVP
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  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    I don’t think that argument holds up. Just because an image is self-published does not make it a self-advertisement. What are you going to do if your kid is in a self-advertisement anyway? If you complain the photographer will either take it down or ask for a DMCA.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    How is this any different than SmugMug?

  • http://www.richardsnotes.org Richard

    I think it’s a great idea, thanks for posting here. And thank you Michael for posting this.

  • http://twitter.com/denMAR Dennis Marciniak

    Highly agree with above two comments. They just happened to beat me to the punch. 

  • steve

    The stock sites spend lots of money on advertising.  They have to get buyers to use their sites.  They have become far too greedy with their commissions but they do generate good earnings for some photographers. 

    With this, the photographer is bringing the buyers to the site.  I think anything less than 80% commission seems poor for this service.  I’m not interested in doing this sort of photography but if I was, it wouldn’t be difficult to use a free site to host small watermarked images and get payments though Paypal.

  • Steve

    The stock sites spend lots of money on advertising.  They have to get buyers to use their sites.  They have become far too greedy with their commissions but they do generate good earnings for some photographers. 

    With this, the photographer is bringing the buyers to the site.  I think anything less than 80% commission seems poor for this service.  I’m not interested in doing this sort of photography but if I was, it wouldn’t be difficult to use a free site to host small watermarked images and get payments though Paypal.

  • Guest

    Completely agree with Steve. Your commissions are nothing short of theft to the photographers, and comparing your site to other sites that steal commissions from photographers does not make your service any better. All of these business models do not benefit the photographer AT ALL. You exploit them. These businesses need to be boycotted, and HARD. It truly is exploitation.

    Photographers, do your research, take care of your own property, take care of your own business. It is very inexpensive to do it yourself. You will thank yourself and be proud of yourself and your work. Keep your hard earned money.

    BOYCOTT.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously, in this day and age what tourist does not have a camera, or at least a camera on their cellphone?  I can smell the smoke of this crash and burn blowing down the line.

  • Me-Monkey-Banana-Like

    Stock photography sites are pretty enough destroying part of the professional photographers.
    Now we even see garbage ideas like this, that keep stealing photographers work and money and creating “monkeys with cameras” that sell their photos for bananas.

  • Guest

    Yes, Candidtag appears to completely ripoff the photographer with their commissions. Let’s compare, take for example FOTOMOTO (
    http://www.fotomoto.com/home/tour )They only take 15% as commission, leaving you with 85% (after print costs which are really really low). Go look at their production, ordering system, and easy implementation into your own website. It is beautiful.

    I am not a fotomoto user, I am knowledgeable enough to self operate but this thread has opened my eyes to search around for similar companies and wow…

    Candidtags Commision Payout

    0.00 – 49.99 30%50.00 – 99.99 35%100.00 – 199.99 40%200.00 – 299.99 45%300.00 and up 50% 

    FotoMoto 

    takes only 15% off your orders

    Example:

    Someone orders a 12×18 print for $175:

    FotoMoto Costs:

    Print: $11.50
    15% transaction fee: $26.25
    Photographer profit:  $137.25  ($175.0-$11.50-$25.25)

    Candidtag costs:
    Print: (undisclosed prices) but lets say it is $11.50 as well
    60% commission take: $105
    Photographer profit:  $58.50  ($175.00-$11.50-$105.00)

    This is pretty outrageous don’t you think?

    Candidtag, please explain why people would want to choose you over something like Photomoto? 

    I will keep researching similar companies.

    There are many photoshop and php watermarking scripts if you want to pursue the self production as well. Just google them.

  • Bill

    What a shameful post Michael. Shameful.

    As a photographer and someone running a fairly popular photoblog you have a RESPONSIBILITY to protect your lesser knowledgable readers.

    This is a terrible post and should not be supported at all.

  • Portcitydarkroom

    Who in their right mind is going to pay $175 for a 12 x18 tourist photo? You guys are nuts…
    Many sell 12 x18 prints that are matted and nice works of art for $50.00 at art festivals.

    How many months to get paid??????

    Go order some of your own business cards, and get a site at zenfolio or smugmug or another hosting site- they are easy to set up and you can control everything.
    And make more money !

  • Sirshannon Sirshannon

    You get 85% commission when you sell on SmugMug and get to set your own prices. You also have to pay $150 a year up front but that really isn’t a big deal if you plan on using this to make money.

  • Sirshannon Sirshannon

    Getty pays 30% but they also do 100% of the marketing. You are asking the photographer to do all of the marketing, you’re just doing the delivery.

  • 9inchnail

    I don’t know what the fuzz is about. Sure, it’s a rip-off but if someone is stupid enough to sign up for this, they get what they deserve. That’s what capitalism is all about. Exploiting the sheep. Every morning an idiot gets out of bed, you just have to find him.

  • TheWiz

    Are you seriously comparing your site/services to Getty? Really?

  • Somedudewhocares

    At first glance to the starting photographer, this seems like a good deal, but reality says that most people that don’t bring cameras on their vacations are not going to pay good $$ for vacation photos, especially from someone starting out.

    BTW, none of these promo codes work, I tried them all.  So that isn’t helping much either.

  • Rocket Wolf

    Ya I gotta agree on how bad this idea is. In fact its such a bad idea that if some photographer takes a picture of me and offers it to me or someone else for a price, I will sue his ass into the poor house for invasion of privacy. Just as is done on tv shows there has to be consent of everyone in the picture or the view, or blot their faces out. If I appear in your pictures, and they are free to the public, then I have no problem, charge 1 cent for them and I will sue for royalties. 

  • Anne

    fun idea for amateur photogs with who carry DSLRs 24/7 but don’t intend use photography as a source of income–good for someone like me, but I never carry my camera around

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederickalfaro Frederick Alfaro

    Not in public, everyone has the right to take pictures of anything that happens on public property, excluding places were privacy is expected such as bathrooms and changing rooms

  • Chuck Coverly

    Yeah, Rocket. It’s not like they’re trying to broadcast your face on television. I mean, who would want to do that? And you’re going to sue his ass into the poor house? That’s the spirit!