3 Ways To Make Money With Photography
Photography has become increasingly popular with the use of digital cameras and the way we share information over the internet. If you have found a love for photography, there are several things you could do to make a little extra money with your hobby.
Sell Stock Photos
Selling your photos through a royalty free stock photography website can create residual income. While it may not be enough to live off entirely, it could provide a great supplemental income.
When signing up for any stock photo site, make sure you read the fine print and understand exactly what you are agreeing to and who will retain the copyright to your images.
Usually, as the photographer, you retain the copyright of each photo. This means you can sell it as many times as you like on as many sites as you like. Some sites allow you to sell your images along with the exclusive rights, meaning whoever purchases them will be the only one allowed to use or sell the image.
The types of images that sell are generally the commercial images seen in magazines, ads and websites. To give you an even better idea, take a look at a stock photography website and check out which pictures are the top sellers.
The more images you have in your portfolio, the more money making potential there is. Some stock photo sites offer to pay a higher rate per picture if you agree to exclusively list your images on their site. Each individual photo has the potential of making a few cents to a few dollars each time it is sold. If your image is popular and purchased several times, that small amount of money can add up quickly. As your portfolio grows with useful sellable images, you will start to see a nice residual income.
Becoming a professional photographer is something you can do in your spare time and still keep your day job to pay the major bills. It is easy to start small and practice with friends and family while you build up a portfolio of images.
When you are just starting to get your feet wet in the photography business, offer your services to shoot portraits and events for free or at an extremely reduced rate. If you give the images in disc form, it won’t cost you anything (except for the disk and your time).
Figure out what style of photography interests you. Some photographers love to take pictures of newborn babies, children and families while others don’t have the patience for it and find weddings and special events more to their taste. Some photographers like to be in a studio while others love the great outdoors for their photo shoots. As you practice, you will find your niche and style.
Eventually, you will feel ready to charge for your picture taking services. As you set your prices, don’t forget to take into account charging for your time at the shoot as well as any time spent editing the images to make them ready for print.
If you have an eye for what makes a great photograph, but don’t enjoy the process of taking pictures, you may enjoy being a enhancing photos in your spare time.
Many people don’t have money to hire a photographer for every special event, so they take pictures themselves. They may have files in their computer bursting at the seams with unedited photos because they don’t have time or know how to fix them. Using a photo editor, you can take their raw images and edit them by cropping, removing red eye and applying interesting filters. When you return the images, they will have polished pictures and you will have a paycheck.
To get started, let friends and family know, utilize social media to get the word out about your new business and watch as the requests start to roll in. Today is the day to have fun making a little extra money doing something you love.
Jared Jaureguy is a technology enthusiast and independent technology consultant.
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