9 Ways to make money from your photography


Hello, today I’m going to show you some ways to make some money out of your photography. I’m not going to lie – photography won’t make you a millionaire but it is a really great hobby and can make you some extra cash on the side, which can help cover costs of your equipment which is awesome. Let’s begin!

  • ClickaSnap – Don’t get me wrong, this can be a great way to earn money if you can gain lots of traffic. There are ways to get lots of views, look for other blogs on clickasnap and you’ll find a useful tutorial!
  • Photography competitions – Sometimes forgotten but competitions can be a great way to win money and awesome prizes. I really recommend Viewbug as it has really good competitions and they have literally hundreds of them, each with awesome prizes such as cameras, lenses and more! Not only can photography competitions win you awesome stuff, they will help you improve your photography, because most competitions (like the one I linked above) have a theme – so it forces you to go shoot a specific subject and get the best picture you can possibly can. If you have an eye for photography, you should definitely give this a try!
  • Greeting Cards – This is an excellent way to make a buck out of photography because everyone can afford these and have a use for them. Go shoot some cool pictures, download some greeting templates and use Photoshop or another editing program to make up some greeting cards. You can even put a cool message on the inside for the recipient to read. The awesome thing about this is that there are so many things you can shoot for – birthdays, father’s/mother’s day, Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s Day, Easter – the list goes on.

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  • Private Art Parties – This is a less known one and I only know of it because I read of it somewhere, but apparently it is a great way to make money and have fun! So get together with one or two other photographers and take turns in being the host for the party. Combine all your contacts and when you invite them, urge them to bring a friend along. It is a great way to have fun and socialize, whilst making some cash! Supply some beverages and have all your art on display. What sells? Well think mainly greeting cards and small prints. Greeting cards are an awesome almost guaranteed sale! Most people would only buy small prints as they are cheaper and easy to transport. Do these parties a few times a year, each taking turns in hosting the party. If you don’t make anything out of this, at least you would have had some fun whilst showing off your work!
  • Sell prints – Selling prints will not sell as much, but you can gain a lot more per sale. Don’t think just art fairs as you’ll be competing with hundreds of other photographers but think local! Take your work to a local café or restaurant ask if you can have it on display, and pay the business a commission if your art sells. Remember – the smaller the print the cheaper you can sell it for!
  • Teach! – This is a great way to make money if you have the skill of teaching – online or in your area! Online you can make blogging websites to teach people about photography and put adverts along the side to generate a revenue! Also you could provide tours and classes to people wanting to learn photography. Advertise in the paper or on bulletin boards or even start a company!
  • Stock Photography – Developers are always looking for eye-catching artwork for their games, apps and websites. This is why websites like iStockPhoto, or any stock photography sites are great to make money. You simply sign up, upload your work and get paid a commission for every time someone buys your work
  • Sell old gear – If you have photography gear that you don’t use anymore, and it is just collecting dust on your shelf, maybe it’s time to sell it! Sell it on sites like eBay and get some money back from your old gear, which can help you buy newer stuff!

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  • Look for local work – Local newspapers are always in need of a photographer to get images for their news reports. You can go about this 2 ways. A) If you have a strong portfolio of images and an established relationship with the newspaper you will find they may be asking you to capture some stories or events. B) Go out and capture pictures of local events and stories yourself, then go show them your photos and they may want them. Other work include people that need photographers for events, and other photographers that need assistance.

Ok after reading this guide you should have plenty of inspiration to start earning money from your photography. To conclude, have fun and get snapping! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to view my page!

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