You’ve enrolled in some courses, gotten your own camera, and taken some really fantastic snapshots. You really feel like you’re getting good at photography. However, you already have another job and perhaps you enjoy your career. For now, you just want to take pictures as a hobby.
Who’s to say that you can’t make a bit of money on the side from your hobby though? Lauren Lim, half of the team at Photography Concentrate, reminds you that your pictures can earn you some cash. “There are a lot of ways you can make money as a photographer – probably a lot more than you ever thought. (Did you know that ‘scientific photographer’ is a career? We didn’t!)” Here are 10 revenue streams that you can pursue with your camera.
The headshot that a professional actor, model, or entertainer selects could be the difference between them getting an audition or being passed over for the chance. Christina N Dickson with Digital Photography School suggests that you take great headshots by doing the following:
- Choosing a 90mm lens as a baseline (feel free to go above 90mm).
- Get a special light for hair.
- Otherwise, diffused light makes anyone’s skin look flawless.
- Center your attention around the eyes.
Your job is to make millions of hungry patrons want to order a particular item on the menu because of its mouthwatering picture alone. Serious Eats writes that your eye for styling, lighting, and composition will differentiate you from Instagram users taking pictures of their breakfast.
Sell Your Pictures as Stock Photos
No matter what pictures you having lying around, chances are some company could use them for stock photo purposes. You could receive a small rights payment every time that someone uses one of your pictures.
Your pictures will hopefully influence someone to make that buying decision. Jeff Delacruz, a photographer writing for Shopify, suggests making use of a white background so the item is the focus. Put the item on the table and use a tripod to get the perfect height.
Take Pictures at Events
Not only do you get to attend fun events like sports games, parties, anniversaries, receptions, corporate events, and weddings, but you get to take pictures there too. Patrick Nugent, also of Digital Photography School, has a few priceless tips for this venture:
- Dress for the occasion.
- Don’t be invasive, but take plenty of pictures.
- Have a fast turnaround to get hired again.
Love animals? Cozy up to other people’s puppies and kitties by becoming a pet photographer in your spare time. Exposure Guide recommends that you also center in on the eyes and never use a flash. “Set the focus mode to continuous focusing so that the lens can constantly maintain its focus on the running pet,” the site says of taking action shots.
Sell Your Pictures to Newspapers and Magazines
If you happen to catch a newsworthy shot of a person or event, your picture could end up in a newspaper or magazine. Just be careful not to step on other people’s toes; most papers and publications have photographers, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for one more on a freelance basis.
Whether engaged or celebrating an anniversary, feel the love when you photograph couples. Check social media for your favorite twosomes and ask if they’re interested in some photos. You could get some more business from there.
According to Study.com, “scientific photographers explore hidden aspects of the world around us. They take pictures of varied subject matter, using techniques as aerial, close-up and high-speed photography.” You do typically need a bachelor’s degree in this field to find a position.
Introduce a workplace to the world with corporate portraits. Nasim Mansurov of Photography Life recommends these techniques:
- Always get shots of the boss, manager, or other corporate head.
- Dress in your best professional garb.
- Bring special lights with you if taking pictures in the office.