If you love photography and are good at it, there are ways to earn money from your photos. If you’re good enough, there are many people who want to buy them from you.
“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
― Diane Arbus
These are just a few of the ways you can get cash from your photos, but surely, there are also other ways we haven’t mentioned here.
Start your own blog
It will take some time for you and your photos to be noticed. Nonetheless, after a while, people will find your blog, and if it starts getting enough visitors, you can get paid for running it. You can also sell photos on the spot, i.e. on the blog, or give private photography lessons to those who are willing to learn from you. Also, if it gets enough hits, advertisers will approach you and offer you money for advertising on your blog. Sounds easy? It really is.
Try to get them published in the local paper
Many photographers start out their careers these way. Of course, you need to have a strong and good portfolio because nobody will hire you without seeing your work first. Also, you need to establish a professional relationship with the editors and publishers. There’s a good chance they won’t have work opportunities for you right away. However, if they like your photography, they will keep you in mind and call you when they have something for you. When you start working for a newspaper, you will have the opportunity to go to a lot of local events and be noticed for your work by other people, and thus get more money-making opportunities.
Upload your work to Stock Photography
If you upload your photos to Stock Photography, you can sit and wait for them to be discovered. When you upload, you add keywords that help potential buyers to find exactly what they’re looking for. If they like your work, they will purchase it. If you’re good enough, you can make a lot of money this way. Some other sites on which you can also sell your photos are BigStock, ShutterStock, and iStock. However, keep in mind that these websites will charge you a percentage of the money you earn through them.
Sell printed versions of your photographs
This could be a very easy and inexpensive way to go about selling your work, and there are a couple of ways to do it. The easiest way is to sell them through an art dealer who will do all of the work, including printing and processing the orders for a percentage of the profits. However, if you don’t want to pay someone for work that you can do yourself, you can sell your best work on websites such as Imagekind. Another way of selling your prints is by going to local cafes and restaurants and see if they would be interested in purchasing them. You’ve probably noticed that these types of places often display scenery photographs of the town they’re in. Maybe some of those photos could even be yours.
Take club photographs
If you’ve ever been to a club in your life, you know that these places are filled with people who are dressed nice and are having a good time. Moreover, a lot of them want to capture those fun moments. The good types of clubs, the ones that are almost impossible to get in, always have promoters. These promoters are usually always looking for photographers that will take a lot of pictures showing off their brand, as well as the club, and upload those pictures to various social network platforms. This way, they have a good advertisement, and you as the photographer, you could have a good time doing your job by getting into the best and most exclusive clubs in your town.
Sell your old photography equipment
Technically, this is not making money from your photos, but it’s still a profit. Photographers usually buy new gear and equipment pretty regularly, even while the old ones are still working but are just a little outdated. Well, instead of piling up the gear you don’t need anymore, sell it online to young photographers who are just getting into the business and don’t have enough money to buy the newest equipment. You will earn money from your old lenses, for example, clear out the mess they’re making, and at the same time help out an aspiring new photographer.