There are many different ways to make money with your camera. The key is to start with one particular kind of photography that works best for you and stick with it.
1. Get As Many People to See Your Pictures.
Get those millions to see your pictures instead of just thousands or just your circle of friends. Exposure is crucial. Not only will having more people see your pictures help you make more money, but it's also good for branding. If people begin to see your pictures in more than one place they will begin to see that you are a big name photographer. Suddenly, the demand for your pictures will go up and people will be willing to spend more to have your images. With the internet it's not only possible, but it should be one of your main priorities to make your pictures viewable online.
2. Share Your Knowledge for free or for a price
If you feel you’ve reached a good enough level to be able to teach people, then go ahead! You could always set up a camera club and charge people to come and learn new techniques. Others take people away on photography trips to a new and different location or conduct photography classes. If you are interested in taking workshops you can contact us at email@example.com
3. Get hired as a part time or fulltime photographer
It can be a slow ride getting to the top. May be for the first times you should do some works for free and get published, may be for a company brochure of your friend or a wedding or something like that. This helps to get you name out to a lot of companies or people. Every business needs photos, but some are willing to pay big bucks for you to take them
The easiest way in my opinion to start out is to advertise you as a photographer to local businesses. You might be lucky and find yourself getting yourself your first job. Building your portfolio this way is important, and you’ll receive more work through word-of-mouth if you’re good.
My word of caution would be not to take on more than you can cope with. For example, attempting a shoot a wedding without preparation or the correct gear could be disastrous. Don’t accept a job you know you cannot do!
You may start your photography business as a side business while keeping your full time job. This gives you time to decide if that’s what you want to do full time, and, more important, you will find out if your work is good enough to sell. Set a goal for when you want to quit that day job and be a full time photographer and then work towards that.
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4. Use Stock Photography websites to sell your work
Now, let me remind you that not every picture is going to sell well, and it may take a while to learn the ropes. And remember you can sell your photos on more than one micro stock photo site at a time.
Here are some tips for your pictures
• Focus on the pictures that are worth more to buyers
• Set aside a couple hours a day to start building up a stock photo portfolio
• Aim for getting 100 pictures or more every month approved by a site.
• After six months you will have 600 pictures.
• Review what pictures are selling the best.
• Keep taking pictures and submitting to micro stock sites.
The key to making a huge amount of money with micro stock is to submit hot selling photos often to the sites. If you do this it will be difficult NOT to make money.
5. Take Newsworthy Pictures
With more people having cameras today, the big name news companies are often the last ones to get pictures and live coverage of a scene. Even when the terrorists hit Mumbai, it was Twitter users that brought us live updates of what was going on before the news even had a chance to get there. This really makes the news agencies jealous, but rather than fight us, they are now willing to pay really good money for newsworthy photos, and they are not the only ones.
Well you don't have to capture an explosion or some horrible event for your photo to sell like crazy as an editorial image. Any picture that tells a story or documents an event can be useful. Think about it from the buyers perspective. The only ones who will be using these editorial images are magazines, newspapers and other news outlets. So think about why they would want to use your image, or what it would be useful for. And of course, if you do happen to catch a catastrophic moment you can make
a ton of money. You can listen to police scanners and try to chase the news if you want to, but it's usually best if you just happen to be there at the time of the event. Try not to get in the police officers way if you do happen to be on a scene first. You may be able to get some pictures that the news crew will miss when they arrive if you do beat them to the scene.
With a little bit of research and marketing, you can turn your love of photography into a revenue stream. There will always be a need for affordable stock photography, picture taking and editing services. If you can develop a profitable business model that fits customer demand, then you may just stumble across a gold mine