If photography has been one of your main hobbies for some time now, chances are you’ve been thinking about how to start earning some money from all the photos you’ve been taking.
As you’re probably already aware, though, photography is a competitive field and if you want to earn a full-time living as a photographer, it’s going to take a lot of time and hard work to build up a strong reputation and client base.
Using your photography skills to earn some extra cash, however, is a good starting point if you’re interested in pursuing photography as a career. So if you’ve been hoping to turn your favourite hobby into a paying gig, here are a few ideas for monetising your photography skills.
1. Self-publish your work
Turning your strongest images into a photo book is not only a good way to create a portfolio to show to potential clients; it can also earn you some extra money if you make it available online as a coffee table photo book.
These days you don’t necessarily need to find a publisher, as Bob Books allows you to self-publish your books and showcase your photography in the online bookshop.
2. Submit your photos to stock libraries
If you have a collection of high quality photos collecting dust on your hard drive, one way to make some extra money with them is to submit them to stock photography sites where you’ll earn a percentage of the sale every time someone buys one of your photos to use for their website or blog.
Keep in mind that the payout won’t be huge and you’ll need to upload quite a few images before you can expect to see any money, but if you have a lot of photos you aren’t doing much with it can be worth it. Som websites to try include Shutterstock, iStock and Fotolia, but there are countless others out there, so look around a bit and see where your photos might fit in.
3. Sell photo products
If you’re already shooting family and couple portraits, weddings or other events, allowing your clients to order a printed photo book or other photo products is a great way to maximise your earnings from each job.
Bob Books allow you to design your own photo books, calendars, photo cards or wall art. They specialise in beautiful paper and printing techniques ideal for showing off your photography. Plus, as a professional photographer you qualify for an industry discount.
There is a big opportunity to increase your profits with these products, just don’t forget to factor in your design time when setting your prices.
4. Start a photography blog
Aside from helping you build an online presence and get your photos out there, starting your own photography blog can be a great way to make some money.
Of course, you will need to share useful content and post regularly, but once you have a sizable following you can look into monetisation options like Google Adsense, Affiliate Marketing and sponsored posts, or promote your own photography and editing services from your blog.
5. Become a photographer’s assistant
If your end goal is to make photography your full-time job, becoming a photographer’s assistant is an excellent way to gain some practical experience and start making important industry contacts.
Many wedding and fashion photographers need photography assistants to help them scout out locations, carry equipment and much more. If you’re interested, start by asking photographers you already know if they or any photographers they know of are looking for an assistant or second shooter.
Bob Books is the UK’s top provider of photographic paper photobooks. They offer beautifully printed, bespoke photobooks, calendars, wall art and cards. You can even share and sell your books in the online Bob Bookshop.