You’ve got a camera, and a computer, but one thing you don’t have enough of is cash. With the right skills, you can earn money doing what you love—taking pictures. But there’s more than just the traditional career paths like wedding photography. Thanks to the internet, there’s more options available to you than ever before, some are good for a bit of spending money whilst others can pave careers.
1. Sell Stock Photos
Stock photography grew quickly within the internet age, and it’s still a viable way to earn a little spending money. (After all, photography tends to be an expensive hobby). Stock photos are used by advertising agencies, websites, bloggers, publications and more. You can sell stock photos of pretty much any genre —to really gain some ground, try to shoot photos on subjects that aren’t yet well covered.
2. Sell an eBook
Another way to share your photo-knowledge is to write and sell an eBook. Look to see what’s already out there before deciding on a subject. Platforms through Amazon and Barnes and Noble make it possible to get your title in popular online stores. How-to guides often do well, but you’re only limited by your imagination.
3. Sell a travel guide eBook
Not into the how-tos? If you’ve got a lot of photos of one location, from either your travels or because you live there, you can put together a travel guide to sell as an eBook. Include photographs of all the must-see locations along with a few travel tips.
4. Work as a photography tutor
Work one-on-one with new photographers as an online tutor teaching the basics and critiquing their shots. You can work for a tutoring company or create your own website. You can also tutor locally and find leads online.
5. Sell prints
Selling online doesn’t mean just selling digital goods—you can sell prints too. You can create your own website or sell them through a service.
6. Take pictures at local events and sell them online
Parents love pictures of their kids t-ball games. Offer more than a cellphone snapshot, and you’ll likely have quite a few people wanting to buy your shots online. From games to fairs and festivals, there’s a lot of options, you’ll just need to do the groundwork. Upload your images to a website like Pixieset.com and they’ll take care of the printing and shipping for you.
7. Sell photojournalism prints to news publications
If you’re in the right place at the right time, your image could be worth quite a bit for the right publication. Location or newsworthy events often determine what publications might be interested in the shot.
8. Edit photos
No, it’s not taking photos, but chances are if you’re good at photography you’ve also accumulated some Photoshop skills. Search job boards for people looking for some photo editing, or reach out to publications.
9. Build a following on social media
This option works well mixed with other ideas, to promote an eBook, for example. But that’s not always the case. Popular Instagrammers are often paid to take pictures of a product and share it with their followers.
10. Write how-to photography articles
Knowledge is power—err, cash. Publications from websites to magazines often pay for a good how-to article, so it’s another good avenue for sharing your photography know-how.
11. Share affiliate links
If you do build a photography blog or popular social media page, sign up for your favorite photography stores affiliate program. When you share a link to recommend a particular item, you’ll receive a small percentage. Amazon has a popular affiliate program.
12. Take product photography photos
The growth of the internet means a growing number of online stores, and those stores need good images of their products. Pitch websites that operate locally, or work with a company willing to ship products to you.
13. Join online job boards
Photography-related jobs are sometimes posted on job boards like Upwork and Freelancer. Join and keep an eye on the opportunities. Some positions are local, though there’s often some that can be done from anywhere on the globe.
14. Start a photography blog
If you’re as good with words as you are with the camera, combine the two and create a blog. You can earn money through advertising, but you can also generate additional hype for another income avenue like an eBook.
15. Sell photos to magazines
Magazines need a variety of different high-quality photos. Search for different publications to pitch to online. Take a look at the magazine first to get an idea of the type of images they publish.
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