Unsplash made a mark in the web by sharing high quality photography for all of us to freely use, the problem however is now sites all look similar with the same photography. Utilizing and paying for photography is still a highly profitable businesses because artists want to have their creations be unique and not a parallel to what can be seen somewhere else—otherwise why be a designer?
Refe is a new startup from Lithuania providing a digital marketplace for people to share and sell real-life mobile photos. Refe gives mobile photographers an opportunity to get noticed and earn some spare money. Connecting talented mobile photographers with companies and designers who are in need of unique, natural-looking real life photos.
72% of Americans surveyed have reported being within five feet of their smartphones at all times. What does that equal to? Obviously selfies but also countless photographs of parks, rivers, pets, workspaces, homes and everything else within five feet of the smartphone. Designers and publishers will constantly be looking for great imagery to illustrate in publications, Refe opens the door for mobile photographers to share real-life photography being shot naturally everyday to support these needs and help artists get paid as well.
Refe was created to solve a simple problem that creative’s and digital publishers face – lack of great, natural looking stock photos at affordable prices. And also is an opportunity for everyday smartphone photographers to share their passion while earning income without having to buy new equipment.