Whether you’re a professional photographer or simply someone who enjoys taking snaps of the world around you as a fun little hobby, there is huge potential to make money from the pictures you take.

Yes, there are a lot of people out there with cameras hoping to be the next big thing, which means that the photography world has gotten pretty saturated of late, but if your photos are good and you’re serious about making the work for you, it can be done, and here are some proven ways to earn money from your efforts:

Take Photos for Small Businesses

In the 21st Century, pretty much every business needs to have its own website if it wants to reach as many people as possible, and make as much money as it conceivably can. This is good news for those of you who want to make a living from your photography because every website needs photos. Yes, mamby businesses will cut corners by using stock images, but they are not as effective, so if you can convince them of the benefits of using original, unique images, you could carve out quite a good niche for yourself.

Start a Travel Blog

If you have a passion for travel and you love taking photos while you’re off on your adventures, why not combine the two and start your own travel blog? Yes, it’s better if you can write well too, but good travel images speak for themself, and with a few well placed ads or affiliate links, you could do quite well from it.

Teach Photography

If you’re a professional photographer, and you’re looking for another way to make money with your work apart from selling your photos, becoming a photography teacher is the obvious choice, You can do it officially by training as a teacher and working at a school or college, or you can create your own online video course taking students through the basics like the rule of thirds, to set them up in their chosen hobby.

Upload to a Paid Host

There are free photo hosting sites that allow you to upload and showcase your photos and pay you for every view your photos get, They also allow you to sell prints of your photos, and the exposure you can get from some of the bigger sites is a great way to get more commission work too.

Become a Photojournalist

Photojournalism is often far more hard hitting that classic journalism because photos can show so much more emotion, beauty or devastation than even the best journalists can convey in words. It’s not always an easy job, especially if you have to visit war zones, famine areas, etc., but it is extremely rewarding, well paid and enables you to do what you love – take great pictures.

Become a Social Media Influencer

If you aren’t shy about taking photos of yourself and the life around you, and you aren’t one for having a huge amount of privacy, you could make a decent living becoming a social media influencer on Instagram, for example. It’s not for everyone, but it will get you exposure and allow you to earn a decent living if you’re good at it.

Make your photography work for you and start earning a living doing what you love – you won’t regret it!


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