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9 Ways You Can Make Money Online With Photography

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Photography is one of the most interesting pastimes you can get into, but it’s also a very interesting profession.

Can you make money from photography? The answer is a big fat YES!

No matter the skill level, there are multiple ways in which you can make money from photography as a career, or for even a bit of extra income to compliment that of your main career.

 

How To Make Money

 

1) Selling products online

This might sound like cheating, since the main skill is finding the objects at a low price and then selling them on at a profit. But a large part of being able to sell at a profit is presentation. Good photographs sell products. If this wasn’t the case, every advert in a magazine would be a fuzzy shot taken on a cell phone. You can also make money online by setting up a website offering to take pictures of other people’s items.

Taking pictures of items and presenting them in a way that’s likely to make them sell is a real skill. As well as learning how to take good close-up photos from appealing angles, you will also learn the use of different equipment (lighting tents, lights etc.) and how to edit photographs on computer software to make them look their very best.

 

2) Graphic design

Whether you are designing website aesthetics or a brochure for a company, much of this design needs high quality photographs. You will also have to be competent in photo editing software as well as being able to use photographed images in conjunction with vector graphics software.

 

3) Selling prints

If you have an eye for a fantastic photograph, why not see if you can sell them? It may be that you are better at photography than you might think, and many people would love to have your pictures hanging on their wall.

The prints can be unique and sold for a high price, or they can be several prints of the same photographs. Your subject matter is entirely up to you, and you can really let your imagination run wild.

 

4) Selling photographs to news websites and blogs

If you keep up with the latest news, you can have a good idea what is topical and what will sell. Some of this is down to being in the right place at the right time, but often these websites use generic images that match the subject matter at hand.

It has been well known for years that certain media will pay for a photograph of certain events and celebrities, but increasingly blogs are starting to require their own unique photographs as they aim to be taken more seriously as a media form.

If you can take a topical photograph, or a picture of someone famous, you may be able to sell it to a blog. In the past, these blogs often used images they found on search engines, which may have caused rights infringement; by offering them a unique photo you may be saving them a headache.

 

5Photo editing

You may not think that this is strictly photography, but it takes a photographers eye to be able to do it well. There are many freelance websites where this skill is increasingly sought after, and it can pay very well. It can be a very lucrative way to make money online.

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.

 

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6) Wedding photography

This can pay very well. Setting up a website can be very simple to do. To gain a portfolio, you may need to either accompany an already established wedding photographer or offer to take photographs for free.

 

7) Portrait photography

This is a good way to earn money, and it allows you to be a little more inventive than wedding photography will. You can really play with angles and colors to get the best out of your subjects.

As with wedding photogrphy, when setting up your website portfolio, you may need to take photographs for free until you are established.

 

8) Greeting cards

Greeting cards, as with prints, can allow you to sell the same photograph multiple times. If you get a great shot, it can be a best seller for many years to come.

There are multiple opportunities to sell photographs in this way, due to the sheer amount of annual events that can be covered worldwide.

 

9) T-shirts

Many people will pay money for a T-shirt featuring something they love. If you are taking photographs of a sports star or another kind of celebrity, be careful that you do not infringe image rights.

You can really have fun with your photographs on T-shirts, they can be as serious or as funny as you like. You can also use graphics design along with the photographs to create something really unique, and sell something which will consistently make money online.

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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    Lux

    Sep 17, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Great Content, Congrats!

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    Saitheja Guntuka

    Mar 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for the article.

    Great article on Money making ways with photographs. Maybe Selling Photos by submitting to a Well-recognised Site can be Beneficial to the Photographer from the above list of making money ways

    Keep Sharing..

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    TollyMag

    Jun 8, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Nice list but why is selling to stock photography sites listed?

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    juliana

    Dec 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I Should surely soon look at making making through that method,though am aint a good fotographer but will give it a try,any guidelines to be a good photographer

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    Anonno

    Nov 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    This information is absolutely valuable to me.Among all this I love the way of photography.I do love this & making a good money with this.Again thanks for your nice article.

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    Anonno

    Nov 14, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks to represent all possible ways of earning.I got so many valuable information from your article.I know a bit about photography & that is the only earning way of mine till the time.I do myself trying to more about photography.Again thanks for your article.

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    Fiona Ludbrook

    Oct 27, 2014 at 2:58 am

    I use both professional and amateur photographs on my blogs, most often though I use ones I have taken myself. The quality varies amongst my own works and what I wish to visually enhance with illustrations on my blogs. My particular thing is animals, wildlife and plants, as well as garden photography.
    Sometimes I search for an image for my blogs when I don’t have one available amongst my own shots. I pay money for these very often and hope that money makes it to the photographer responsible for creating a shot I view as one that will enhance my information or viewpoint!
    I have long been a passionate amateur photographer and I too have forked out large sums for decent lenses and equipment.
    I actually did a blog that touches upon the costs of running one, including purchase prices of professional photographs.
    I agree that the best professional photographers are artists, and I love photography as an art form, however, some of my “amateur” photos have found their ways into online exhibitions.
    Do I now count myself as a professional photographer?
    I spend money on travelling to exotic places to get shots of animals and plants all over the world.
    I love blogging because it brings together so many of my own skills and talents. It gives me both a voice, audience and exibition space I could not even have imagined five years ago.
    I usually devote a day or two to putting my “blog bursts” together, not to mention days and weeks photographing “in the field”.
    My blogs have changed my life and the reality is I now regard both my blogs and photographs as a means of earning an income.
    I invest time, money, and my capacities as a creative artist, trained journalist and teacher of thirty years experience. Some of my income comes through my old job, but, increasingly, I am relishing my other “real job” as a professional blogger and photograper!
    Let’s face it, instant communications are changing concepts of art, work and media. There are both good and bad sides to this.
    I understand your frustration and hope you do keep finding a highly paying market for your work, but I also empathise with many highly talented individulas out there for whom the internet medium is opening the potential for artistic freedom as well.
    If you have trained in and persued a career in photography, you should recognise that all photographers need to begin somewhere. Our skills develop with training, knowledge, skill and experience.
    I don’t disagree that there are some truly crappy snap photos out there in the ether but so too are some real gems!
    I confess to sometimes loading up photos of my own I have not have had time to perfect, with the pressure of wanting to get something up on one of my blogs sooner, rather than later, but neither of my blogs are photography based ones. If I am to sell any of my shots, they are the ones that I would hold my head up high with, alongside professional photographs.
    I suspect others who intend to market some of their photos would be of similar mind to myself!
    Your comment is one all of us should contemplate; “popular” is no guarantee of quality!

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    Kathy Anderson

    Feb 10, 2014 at 12:56 am

    In 1981 we sent several negatives to an agency in Manchester.
    We moved house in 1982 and saw several of our photographs in magazines but were never paid. Is there anything that we can do about this? We have lost the address. As we printed our own negatives can this be traced?

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    Amie

    Dec 2, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Nice informative blog to earn money.

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    Richard Rogers

    Oct 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    You could also create a product that teaches people the basics of photography, so they know how to take awesome photographs, which in the future, if they wanted to, could sell or earn money from. There is a lot of people who make money from weddings and such by just shooting in auto mode, scarey.

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    Carl May

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    “Making money” implies profit. The superficial advice here won’t begin to cover expenses in the vastly overcrowded areas of photography filled with amateurs clueless about business matters.

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    UnimpressedPhotog

    Oct 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I will have to say this is probably one of the most frustrating and disappointing articles I’ve read on A2S. I consider myself a very hardworking person, holding a regular 40 week, plus a photography + design business on the side which I have put blood, sweat and tears into for over 10 years. Mostly because I just have a LOVE for the art. Not because I thought one day I want to make money taking photos. People think because they can go out and buy a camera, they can make a quick buck. Thinking like this saturates the market with uneducated, unprofessional “photographers” that don’t know composition, or what aperture or ISO or Kelvin even is! This then puts those who do know what they are doing in a place where people don’t value photos as what they are meant to be, ART – they can hire Joe Schmoe to take some quick pics for a quick $100 – or like you say, OFFER TO TAKE WEDDING PHOTOS FOR FREE?!. FREE! (side note: this is someones WEDDING, it happens ONCE. If you ruin it by taking crappy free photos, you’re bound to get sued for ruining their memories they can never get back) It’s not an easy industry, and you’re making it look easy to get clients. But the reality is, you probably will spend $3k on half-decent equipment for only a few viable sessions. You don’t include the legalities and costs associated with setting up a business license and receiving legal/accounting advice. Costs associated with purchasing ever-depreciating equipment, quality lenses and lighting, renting studio space or equipment, purchasing editing software, props, web hosting and site development, and business collateral. Which is why many photographers make a ton of money blogging about how to be a photographer, and endorsing products throughout. You paint a rosy picture, but the reality is, it’s not an industry to easily profit from.

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