“A picture speaks a thousand words”. This is one of the most common phrases used by photographers in support of the impact that their trade has, and nothing about this quote is false. Photography is a widely recognize art because if it’s special work of art. You may have the best gear and automatic features of a camera, but if you don’t make good use of it, it’s just a lifeless object. Only a good photographer can make a camera a life object and show its importance. So grab your camera and get on the roll to shoot and earn some money.
Some of you may be already earning good money while most of you who are currently reading this page are photographers looking for ways to earn money through this trade. Here are a few tips for the latter:
If you’ve got a pile of photos lying and don’t know how to make money out of it, sell them out. One way is to sell them online on site such as Image kind or sell it to a third party site and save the hassle to do the work yourself. This is a way to save all the hard work. But, if you don’t want to sell them online you can go for another option where you can print out the best photos and sell it to your local cafe or restaurant. Even if it doesn’t sell, at least put it on display. One of the many customers who go to a photo gallery cafe is interested in seeing a photo and if your photo captures the eye of the beholder, you on luck and your photo are sold.
Flickr & Getty Images
Open an account on Flickr if you don’t have one. It’s one of the best sites to display your images. Here, you can display your creme de le creme images, and if people view and like your images, you can sell it to them and earn good money. But, put only the best images, it’s a place for photographers to display their work and earn good money.
This is one of the greatest ways to earn money; for any kind of gathering people always want to have good memories with breathtaking pictures. Get your camera to a Christmas party, baby shower or any kind of family gathering party, it can be your relatives, friends, neighbors etc and use your lenses to take good photos and sell it out to them at a low budget for a start. If you sell them at a low budget and if your work is good, your work as a photographer may increase and people may start to hire you.
Volunteer for a friend’s or relative’s wedding, and shoot at a budget that would suit them. And, also you can suggest them for an after shoot photo session, that way you can earn extra money.
It’s easy to get your work done and get good money with a local newspaper provided you have good connections over there. If you have any contact with a local newspaper and a strong portfolio of images, then you can work with them for a while. And, from thereon, you can expand your portfolio and move onto a bigger project. Another way with the local newspaper is to go out and capture the local events and bits and pieces of something extra and unique, make your work stand out, and if they like your work, they will hire you at an instant.
Become a Graphic Designer
Weird as it may sound photography has as much to do with graphic designing as an engineer have to do with technology; both go hand in hand. Both use the same principles such as composition, layer and color, although mediums might be different. There are many universities that teach both the courses with each other and the student that comes out is a proficient photographer cum graphic designer. Thus, if you are skilled in photography you can use those skills interchangeably to apply to a graphic designer’s job.
Another important connection that Photography has with graphic design is branding. Graphic designers modify pictures to convey emotions, feelings and ideas, and therefore graphic designers with a photography background are in high demand all the time. Besides, by pursuing a course that teaches both the discipline ends up making you more marketable. This way you will stay ahead of the curve.
Saurabh Tyagi is a career author with plenty of firsthand experience in the job and recruitment industry. He writes for various leading blogs on career, recruitment, jobs and technology related themes. He is also a budding digital media enthusiast with special interest in content marketing and social media.