Passion for photography can be two things: a hobby and a job. For any beginner, it starts with a hobby. Taking photos of buildings, landscapes, friends, pets, objects, and so on. Then, when you begin to improve your work, you start thinking of how to make money as a photographer.
Well, with an adequate amount of passion, perseverance, and artistry, you will undoubtedly be able to promote your talent and make money from it. Nowadays, we have the Internet on our side to sell all this stuff.
So, let’s dig in!
You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.– Ansel Adams
1. Improve your photography skills
Like any skill, practice is the key to performance. The more you do it, the better it can get. Go and take photos of nature, food, drinks, people on the street, close people, and so on. Start with easy techniques and then dream of more. If you are not very good at this, search for the best places to learn photography and colorize to your pictures. Also, join photography workshops, classes and get to know many photographers.
Everything has a beginning, and it is good to search for photos took by other photographers. Find out different styles or techniques and implement them. This helps you to create a vision of what story you will tell through your images.
To reach people’s ears, I advise you to start by taking free photos. Take your camera wherever you go and shoot things and moments that you consider miraculous. More, you can take pictures of the people who are closest to you. They have friends too. And this way the world will know about you and your abilities.
Talking about free photos, you can create your home studio photography and start taking free shootings. Your model will get stunning pictures, and you will improve your knowledge. It’s a win-win, and you will both have material for your needs.
If all these things are new to you, I advise you to search for a photographer that needs an assistant. Experiencing and learning from a professional is the quickest way to become a better snapper. If you have enough time and the proper amount of dedication, give a helping hand to more photographers. Getting in touch with different styles and techniques will help you find out your directions.
2. Make yourself known
Hobbies and jobs are a part of our life, and it is essential to invest in them properly. Making money as a photographer from personal projects is a great achievement.
Once you learn how to shoot inspirational photos, I advise you to organize workshops for beginners and show your work to the participants. Show them what photography means to you and what your vision of the world is. Like any human being, you are in a continuous process of learning and, besides the fact that you will teach the participants about photography, you will also find out tips from them.
The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know.Aristotle
Another piece of advice to make yourself known is to attend Galleries, Exhibitions, Expos, or any kind of photography events. Here you will meet the most skilled photographers, and you will have the opportunity to see others’ galleries. This way, you will become a part of this big community.
Nowadays, one of the most used ways to promote your work and show your skills is to organize a giveaway. Ask people to share your images, to tag some friends in your post, and offer a free shooting to the one who won your contest. Also, there are contests for photographers. Sign up for them, give them your best pictures, and maybe you will be the lucky one that wins a professional camera. You never know your luck!
3. Shoot events to make money
Shooting events is one of the most typical ways to make money. As a photographer, you have plenty of opportunities. Photography is a desired field. People want to keep their memories through more and more pictures. So, grab your equipment and make money from different events. Don’t forget to prepare yourself before you go to take photos. If you want to earn money as a photographer, you have to take your job seriously.
Create a portfolio with your best shots and let people know your style. Usually, people are looking for photographers on the Internet.
Which are the best-paid events? First of all, there are weddings. The newlyweds are willing to give as much money as it is needed to have a skilled photographer to shot the most important day of their lives. It can be very demanding, but it’s worth it.
Furthermore, attend dance events. Dance photography is a genre that implies a lot of techniques like freeze the action, the exposure triangle, symmetry, etc. Besides the fact you will get paid, you will be able to practice these techniques.
To make your work more interesting, I recommend you to snap gripping pictures like ice and roller skating or nature portraits. Or take objects with you to refine your photos. Something like fireworks or smoke bombs.
4. Retouch imperfections
Getting the right setups for your camera is not always enough. Some things like dust particles on your camera’s sensor or a stain on your model’s clothes can ruin the pictures. That’s why you should know how to use Adobe Photoshop. This program is the perfect match for editing and retouching. Also, some models can ask you to remove slight imperfections of their body, face, clothes. If you are not already familiar with Photoshop, I advise you to start by learning how to use it. You can find courses on Youtube for free. Practice, practice, practice! This will make your work flawless.
After you’ve done learning and practicing in Photoshop, start making videos and tutorials of how you edit photos. You would be surprised to know how many people are interested in editing.
5. Social media influencer
If you have a vision of how to take photos, I bet you know how to write as well. The origin of the word “photography” comes from the Greek and means “writing with light”. How about writing in words? Create a photography blog to keep your community informed and write reviews about companies’ products and services that imply this domain. You have to publish quality content if you want to grow traffic numbers.
Our lives are depending now on social media networks. It all started with Facebook, then Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, and so on. People spend their time on these social networks at least 5 hours/day. Build interesting profiles of your work and collaborate with online influencers. This is the best marketing method to sell your stuff and build your community. Establish yourself as an expert in your field and be ambitious. Also, grow your online community and do reviews of cameras on Youtube. People would love to know which are the best cameras to shot beautiful pictures.
6. Freelance jobs
Another tip to make money as a photographer is to become a freelancer. How to do that? Well, take projects from multiple people, organizations, companies. Freelance photography is the right choice if you want to start your own business. Being your boss gives you the freedom to choose the projects you like. You can refuse those projects which are not your type. Some of them can be unpleasant and monotonous. Be sure that you do what you want. You should see photography as a passion, not as something you have to do because you need money.
But, because it’s always a but, to become successful at freelance photography also implies having an astonishing portfolio. People need to see skills in your work to hire you for a couple of hours or days. So, you better take some valuable time to create an impressive portfolio.
💻 And the best part is that we can help you with that. Read this comprehensive guide on how to build an impressive online portfolio.
7. More money to make as a photographer
There are two ways to sell your photos: online, by creating an e-commerce website, or offline, by making prints with your photos. Create a portfolio with your work and upload it on a site. Then, sell your photos to people, companies, magazines, shops and so on.
More than that, you can print your pictures on clothes, bags, backpacks, cups, and so on. This will fill your wallet with good money. Or you can print your photos and sell them to companies, shops; you can make posters, flyers, stickers. However, printing your photos can bring exceptional quality to your work, and you can sell them in different ways.
8. Sell on stock photography sites
If you already have a large number of images, I advise you to sell them on stock sites. How does this work? Well, you upload your pictures on these platforms, and every time someone downloads your work, you will receive a commission.
This way, your photos will be sold to marketing agencies, companies, media. You can sell your photos on Shutterstock. I’ve heard that they pay their contributors well and you will make a lot of money as a photographer. Find out how to become a Shutterstock contributor.
We have also reviewed the best places to sell photos online and included the best stock photo websites on the market.
The world of stock images needs quality pictures with high resolution and a vision that everyone finds themselves in. Find out what’s going on in the market right now and who are the best sellers. More, to increase your chances, add many relevant keywords in the description. You want as many people as possible to see your work and buy it.
9. Sell your photos with Modula
All these tips on how to make money as a photographer lead to create a portfolio and start your business. Which is the easiest way? Build your photography website with WordPress. This is the best website to create a portfolio, share your photos, and make a lot of money from this. It is the perfect solution to sell and promote your work.
All in all, speaking of work, we all want to grow our businesses, make them look breathtaking, and attract as many people as possible. So, here comes Modula, the most user-friendly WordPress Gallery plugin. This plugin will offer stunning perspectives to your galleries. With this, you will impress your community, and inspire other photographers.
Besides the fact that Modula is a helping hand in developing your business, it has a lot of functionalities as well. You can upload your galleries quickly, drag and resize images, build your custom layouts, and many more. Did I convince you? Let’s see how you can install Modula.
Install Modula Plugin
First of all, you have to go to Plugin > Add New and then search Modula Image Gallery in the WordPress repository.
Well, here it is! Click Install Now, and after the plugin is installed, you need to activate it. To create the first image gallery, click the blue button highlighted below. Easy-peasy!
Go for the Modula icon, click Add New, and start organizing your first image gallery. The next step is to upload your images to the WordPress Gallery and name it. You better have an awesome name for your first gallery.
Don’t forget to press Add to gallery because you don’t want to lose all your uploaded images and start over.
Next, Modula gives you the option to drag and drop your images. Arrange them as you like and move on to the next step.
Once you finished with the customization of your pictures, save it by pressing Save gallery. Once you saved your image gallery, you can find the shortcode in the gallery edit area and copy the link if you want to insert it to the Modula Image Gallery.
All right so far. Your image gallery is saved, so you have to insert it into the WordPress posts and pages. You can copy and paste the shortcode wherever you would like to post your gallery.
Modula’s Gutenberg block
More, there is another way to publish your image galleries. You can use Modula’s Gutenberg block by typing /modula. Or you can click on the Modula icon and choose your gallery from the dropdown.
Customize your galleries!
Well, here we are, at the end of creating your image galleries with Modula plugin.
Take a look of Modula’s functionalities and find out how you can customize your galleries to shine better and better. You think of how to make good money? Well, here are the best features to sell your images and get paid.
|Improve your photography skills||Promote your work|
|– work as an assistant |
– create a home studio
– inspire from others
– shoot interesting photography
– create a photography blog
|– attend Galleries, Exhibitions, Expos|
– organize workshops
– organize giveaways
– make tutorials of how to edit photos
– promote your work
on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest
– do reviews of cameras on Youtube
|Earn money with your pictures||Learn photo editing|
|– take various projects|
– freelance jobs
– create an e-commerce site
– sell printed pictures
– sell photos on third-party websites
|– upload quality pictures|
– optimize your photos
– learn Adobe Photoshop
– edit pictures
Once you discovered the art of photography, you will never want to do anything else. You can easily make money as a photographer by creating a portfolio, your website, and starting as a freelancer. All these things and with a little help from Modula, you will succeed in making a business form photography.
And a little advice to sum up all the tips, after you start making money from photography, find a niche and become a famous photographer. People are looking for extraordinary photos and things that they had never seen before. Depending on your vision, you can make something remarkable.