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Earn money by simply snapping some pictures

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Earn money by simply snapping some pictures

By Daniel Gutierrez. CREATED Jul 28, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Everyone likes a little extra money in their pocket. What if we said you could earn some cash, by simply taking a picture?

"Really easy. Easier than I expected," said Taylor Lee.

She's your typical teenager. This 15-year-old is always on her phone. So when she learned about the free app, Scoopshot, that pays for your pictures, she thought she'd give it a try.

Here's how it works: You snap a picture or video, write a brief description, and send it in. The app then sells them to news media and marketing companies.

You can send in a photo of anything you want, or complete a "Task" where Scoopshot asks for a specific type of picture. It was back in May, when Taylor did her first task.

"It was capture yourself in sunglasses. Simple," said Taylor.

She snapped a photo in her mom's car. A few days later, Taylor was shocked to find out her picture was sold for $50.

"I was like, oh my gosh. At first I thought it was fake. I was like, no that didn't happen, because it was so fast," said Taylor.

That inspired her to snap another photo, "I took a picture of pencils because it was the last day of school."

To her surprise, this picture also sold, "That one I sold for $5."

Contact 13 spoke with the creator of the app, Petri Rahja, via Skype, from Finland. He wants users to know, Scoopshot is different from other apps where you can post your pictures.

"You actually are still the owner of your content. You submit the photos, you price them," said Rahja.

He also said the average person is going to earn anywhere from $5 to $50 per picture, just like Taylor. But there are exceptions.

"One guy went out and took more than 10,000 photos and submitted those into that assignment, and he earned actually more than $20,000. So one can actually get some significant money out of it," said Rahja.

As for Taylor, she's hoping to sell a few more pictures, and has this advice, "It doesn't have to be like a great photo. I wasn't really that creative and they still sold. So it's really easy and simple."

Here's the Contact 13 bottom line: You can download Scoopshot onto any smartphone. Users are paid through PayPal, so you will have to open an account with that service.