Nowadays, photography is not just a hobby. There are many people all over the world making a part-time or full-time living as a photographer. With the popularity of the internet, there are now numerous opportunities to make money through print and digital photography.
Here are some of the different ways you can make money as a photographer:
Freelance photo editing
Many photographers out there lack the skill for editing their photos, while others are just simply too busy. As a result, they hire freelancers to do the editing on their behalf. If you are skilled in photo editing, you can make some good money by offering your services. You can find such gigs by searching on Google using the term ‘freelance photo editing jobs’. Alternatively, you could look on online job boards such as craigslist.org.
Many businesses are looking for skilled photographers that can take photos of their products for display in catalogues or an online store. This could be anything from clothes, shoes, jewelry or books to cars, houses, cutlery and electronics. Establishing good relationships with such businesses could result in regular business as new products are released.
Nowadays, almost every event requires some kind of photography. This includes weddings, burials, birthdays, concerts, political events, sports and corporate events. While some people are comfortable with amateur photos, many would prefer getting a professional photographer to cover their events. Therefore, you can make a very decent income through shooting small and large events.
Microstock (or stock) photography involves selling your photos through agencies such as istock photo, Getty images and Flickr. This could be anything from photos of food, people and household items, to animals, cars and landscapes. The agency then pays you a commission for each sale. To make a decent income from stock photography, make sure your images are as professional and unique as possible. In addition, post as many photos as possible on different sites. In the long term, this can be a great source of residual income.
Once in a while, you will come across photo contests where winners are awarded a cash prize. Applying for such contests offers you the opportunity of making a little extra money. Besides earning you some cash, being recognized in such contests can be very useful for building your credibility. Mentioning such exploits in your portfolio makes it easier to win the trust of potential clients.
Freelance for local publications
Local newspapers and magazines are always looking for quality photos for their publications. Though many of them hire in-house photographers, they wouldn’t mind getting engaging images from elsewhere. Editors especially look for exclusive photos which have not appeared anywhere else. Therefore, be sure to have a camera with you at all times. You might just find yourself at the right place and the right time to take that award winning photo. You could also consider applying for a full-time job as a photo-journalist with a newspaper or magazine.
If you are a photographer, there is no reason why you should not make money in any of these ways. Share other income generating ideas you might know about in the comments section below.