Photography 2017: 10 Ways To Earn Money From Photography

By | March 28, 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice to make money doing something you love? Today we are going to tell you the ways that you can personally try and make money from photography.

Most people who get into photography aren’t usually in it for the money – or at least, not at first. While photography is certainly a fun, hobby or an interesting way to pass the time, it is also a potentially lucrative profession. There is big money to be made with photography today.


Here is a list of ten ways of making money through photography, and the ideas ranges from a couple of hours a week to a part-time project.

Key points to consider as you get started:

  • You’ll need a fan base – Typically people aren’t going to buy a photograph from someone they don’t know or recognize. The best way to start selling your photographs as art is to build a fan base. Create a facebook page and start sharing your photos.
  • Quality is huge – If your sunset photographs look like the ones your friend took on the last picnic then you are not going to sell anything.
  • Uniqueness will sell –  The more unique you can develop your style then more likely you will set yourself apart and be able to sell prints to the fan base that you have built and even beyond.

#1 Event Photographer

This is the most obvious of opportunities when it comes to cashing in as a photographer. People will always need a professional photographer to help them commemorate all the special moments in their lives, with or without a studio. Many clients prefer outdoor or location shoots, so even if you don’t have a studio yet, there are lots of opportunities out there for you.

To get started, all you need to do is build a strong portfolio, tell your friends and family, share your work on social media, and do whatever you can to get the word out about your services.

Events that can bring cash for you-

  1. Weddings
  2. Family portraits
  3. Babies/Newborn photo shoots
  4. Pet photo shoots
  5. Senior Pictures


#2 Sell Stock Photos

Do you want to earn a stream of passive income from your photography? If yes, then become a contributor for sites like iStock, BigStock, and ShutterStock, or upload your photos to your own personal Flickr account and license them through Getty Images.

How to sell stock photos:-

  • Sign up as a contributor. You will be required to provide some basic information about yourself, as well as identification documents to prove your identity.
  • Read and familiarize yourself with the submission guidelines.
  • Upload your photos and add metadata, photo descriptions, and relevant keywords.
  • Submit your stock photos for review.

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#3 Sell Smartphone Photos

You can even use your smartphone to make money from your images. There are several sites that offer smartphone apps for capturing photo content on the go.

  1. Scoopshot
  2. Snapwire
  3. Foap
  4. Fyndr
  5. Shutterstock

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#4 Local Newspapers And Magazines

Contact your local newspapers and magazines and inquire about a possible freelance work. It’s a great way to earn some money on the side. Make sure to build a strong portfolio of images and an established relationship to increase your chances of getting work. You will begin to find that they will be contacting you when they need a photographer(and they will need one). From here, you can expand your portfolio, moving to bigger and better things.

Another way to work with this is to go out yourself and capture local events or new stories. Take these photos to local papers and magazines and start to earn money and get published.


#5 Assistant Photographer

Assisting as a photographer or a second shooter is one of the best ways to find work and start making money fast. Most photographers often need a second shooter(like at weddings and events) or an assistant during photo shoots. The biggest advantage of all this apart from earning cash is that you will gain more experience. Through social media, events and photography clubs, you can build relationships with other photographers. Opportunities will often arise through the relationships you have built, such as requests to work as a second shooter on a project.


#6 Join Competitions

This is one that most people seem to forget about, probably because they think that they’re not good enough. I assure you, you are.

The contestants you will be competing with will usually be a mixer of photographers with different levels of experience and expertise. So, even if you don’t win any of the cash prizes, photo contests can help boost your confidence and gain you some exposure. At the very least, it will get your work out there and maybe even reviewed too, if you’re lucky. So, enter competitions as many as you can.


#7 Photography Blog or YouTube Channel

Another way to make money is to start your own photography blog or YouTube channel and get your photos seen. In your blog, you can make tutorials, share tips and tricks, or write reviews on all kinds of photography gear and software. (Bloggers make money through ads and sponsored contents).

Likewise, you can make money by starting a photography channel on YouTube. It’s the same content(tutorials, reviews,etc.) but in video form.


#8 Paparazzi

If you live in areas where celebrity sightings are a daily occurrence, paparazzi photography may be for you. Paparazzi Photographers are well paid, but their job can also be highly demanding and competitive. Celebrity photos are worth money but the amount depends on how you handle them. You could try selling them directly to the papers and magazines. If you have got a good relationship with them already, you may earn more money.


#9 Real Estate Photographer

There’s an opportunity in Real Estate for a photographer to make some money photographing interior and exterior shots for real estate agents to use in order to sell the house. Many experienced professionals have partnered with real estate agents to capture the shots that will sell a home. The rate for real estate photography is going to change based on region so you might want to see if you can find local rates in your area. While those new to this niche usually charge by the hour or job, a must-hire shutterbug may be able to catch a commission of the sale.


#10 Photo Editing Services

You may think that this is not strictly photography, but photo editing is big business today. Almost no photo goes untouched. There is cropping, manipulating and enhancing to be done. You will need to have a good knowledge of what makes a good photo, as well as being able to use software such as Adobe Photoshop or GIMP.


So these are just a few ways you could use your photography to make a little extra money or start to make the move towards full-time professional. Do you have any other ideas or things you have tried? Please do share in the comments below.

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