New iPhone App Makes It Simple to Monetize Photos

123RFPhotosAttendees at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity were among the first to learn about 123RF On-The-Go, a microstock photography app that lets you tag, upload, and monetize images that you have taken on your iPhone.

The app was developed by the creators of the website, which generates 20 million unique visitors each month. “To date, we have 62,000 verified stock content contributors and 20 million digital assets in our media library,” says Leon Hudson,’s vice president of sales and marketing.


In launching the app, Hudson noted that, “You may not carry a DSLR camera with you at all times but you certainly have your smartphone handy. Now, anyone can capture a moment wherever they are and cash in on their amazing shots. Users can also participate in exciting contests which promises a bounty of $300 each time. There is nothing better than making money from what you enjoy doing. The 123RF On-The-Go iPhone app allows you to do just that!”

When you send your photos to via the 123RF On-The-Go app, your photos will undergo inspection by a team of Image Reviewers. They will inspect your photo to ensure that they meet the site’s content guidelines and requirements. Within 24 hours from the time of acceptance, your image will be made searchable and licensable on the website.

123RF On-The-Go is now available as a free download from the Apple App Store.

Founded in 2005, is a royalty-free microstock library that offers more than 20 million royalty-free content items, including stock photos, illustrations, footage, audio files and logos.


123RF On-The-Go Mobile App

YouTube Video: On-The-Go Launch

New Source of Free Stock Photos LogoTo educate creative pros about the value of stock video as a complement to stock photography, the subscription-based stock-video company Video Blocks has launched  The new site features over 100,000 stock photos that you are free to use in all types of projects (even commercial).

“Stock Photos for Free is a great way for us to interact with the creative community in a whole new way,” says Video Blocks CEO, Joel Holland. “Since Video Blocks is only interested in selling stock video and audio clips, we’re able to launch this completely free resource for stock photography without hurting our core business. It provides great exposure for us and an invaluable library of photos for those who use it.”

The initial archive of 100,000 images on Stock Photos for Free is mostly comprised of still frames that were pulled from HD videos on However, new photos are added daily, including higher resolution shots from professional photographers.

Each photo on comes with a royalty-free license agreement that allows you to use the images in all types of projects, both commercial and non-commercial.

To start downloading the free stock photos, simply visit and register for a free account. You can use either your email address or Facebook account to sign up. Once your registration is complete, you can download an unlimited number of stock photos.

“We are really excited to see Stock Photos for Free grow over time,” says Holland. “This could be a revolutionary way for people to enhance their creative projects at no cost.”


Site Helps Educate Potential Users of Stock Photography

The growth of blogging, self-publishing, and content-marketing means that more people than ever before are involved in producing online articles, e-books, webinar presentations, and publications. Many of these new content publishers haven’t been schooled in journalism, graphic design, or photography and aren’t aware of copyright laws that protect images on the Internet. Even if they are aware of copyright laws, some people believe that the Internet is public domain and that all images can be used for free.

A new website called intends to clear up some of this confusion, while teaching both new and seasoned buyers about their options for buying stock photography. is designed to be an international, comprehensive guide that connects new users, industry professionals, and stock photography agencies.

“Stock photography and the buying stock photos has been complex for years, and it is our goal to make it user-friendly for all stock photo purchasers,” says StockPhotoSecrets founder Amos Struck. He is also the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, a publishing company that operates several German and international magazines that teach people how to buy and sell stock photos.

Screen shot of StockPhotoSecrets

Some of the articles on explain:

  • how to pick the right photo for your blog or website
  • when you can use editorial image licenses
  • how to purchase photos from Flickr
  • how to order the right size for printing posters

Other features on the site include reviews of various stock-photo agencies, special offers, and video tutorials on working with stock photos.

As more people learn about the benefits of buying stock photography, the market will grow and photographers will have to worry less about having their copyrighted images used without their permission.