Photo Licensing 101: How to Start Getting Compensated for Your Pictures

SMP_licensingProfessional photographers aren’t the only ones who can get compensated for their photos—anyone can! All you need is the right license and you can start selling your artwork—but where do you begin?


Since this area is often tricky for many photographers (amateur and seasoned pros), we’re going to clear some things up to help you on your way to licensing photos.


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Do You Turn Your Photos Into Movies? One ScanMyPhotos Customer Does!

Lynda's grandmother holding her mom and aunt

Lynda’s grandmother holding her mom and aunt

Lynda Lopez has been taking photos since she was 10 years old, and with 15,000 digital photos at her disposal, she had a brilliant idea: turn them into movies.


“When I was younger, I used to take photos of landscapes,” she told me. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started photographing people. I make movies once I get enough photos of people, and I give the movies as gifts on a special occasion – I started this about 7 years ago.


“I had a bunch of old photos of my grandmother as a child, and my mom, sister, and me (when I was young), and I turned those photos into a Christmas gift. Now my family expects this every year!”

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Favorite Steve Jobs Quote

Like millions of other entrepreneurs, our success is planted on the experiences of visionary business leaders. At, much of our best strategies were forged from ideas celebrated by Apple, Inc. co-founder, Steve Jobs.


TechCrunch, a leading source for news and networking for entrepreneurs posted this column and included our favorite Steve Jobs quote. Via .


Excerpt: How does somebody know what they want if they haven’t even seen it?

This quote inspired me to create because I wanted a super fast and affordable way to digitize my pictures. Invent it and they will come led to us digitizing one-quarter billion pictures. Mitch Goldstone, Founder of

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A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a dSLR Camera

If you’re tired of fussing with the settings on your phone’s camera or are frustrated with the poor picture quality produced by your point-and-click, then the time has come to upgrade to a shiny new dSLR (digital single-lens reflex).


Every year dSLR cameras become faster and better than ever, but which is the right one to purchase (or put on your holiday wish list) in 2014? Here are a few things to consider when choosing a dSLR camera:


1) Buy for your level of expertise


Getting the hang of a new dSLR camera can be tricky—especially for beginners—so make sure you purchase a camera that’s easy to use.


If you’re not sure where to begin, this list of best entry-level dSLRs of 2014 can help point you in the right direction. You can also scan reviews on Amazon or Google to make sure the camera you’re interested in is beginner friendly.

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4 Tricks (And 1 Treat!) To Taking Unique Halloween Photos

Kids and pumpkins on HalloweenFalling leaves, glowing pumpkins, adorable costumes, impressive makeup, and creepy decorations–these are a few of our favorite things to see on Halloween night (and candy – lots and lots of candy!).


All Hallow’s Eve truly is a mystical night where anything can happen and reality is temporarily suspended. With all the ghouls, goblins, and ghosts roaming the earth, you’ll want to keep your camera ready so you can capture every spooktacular moment. Check out the following four tricks to use when you’re ready to snap those Halloween photos:


Trick #1: Don’t be afraid of the dark


Since Halloween is typically celebrated after the sun goes down, lighting can be a tricky thing to get right with your photos. If you want to use flash, just remember it may wash out your subject. Or you might end up with some eerie looking orbs floating around your photos (don’t worry, those orbs are just dust).
If you’re feeling brave and want to take photos without flash, try bumping up your ISO. Opening the ISO to 400 or higher will increase the camera’s ability to absorb light, which will catch the flickering light of candles or the red glow of a haunted house.

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