8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable

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Living from photography is something we all wish for, but unfortunately it is not easy to achieve. And it is not enough that we invest enough time, but there is a tough competition in these times of the mass of the picture. However, there are many ways to earn money with our photos, even if they are just additional revenue. We explain different ways to achieve profitability for your photos.

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Picture of orudorumagi11 at Devian Art

Whether you want to top up the salary, save on a whim or renew your photographic equipment, it is always good to know that photography can give us money. Money that could become our staple food if we decided to make the leap to professional photography, something that we can also do in the way we amortize your passion for photography.

Diversify your sources

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Photo of Chris Lawton

The first advice that we will give you is not to settle for a single source of income, but to look for alternatives. You already know that it is not smart to put all the eggs in a basket. Therefore, it makes the most sense to diversify between different ways of earning money with photos.

In this way, though our separate profits are small, we can together become a good number (maybe we can even change our minds and dedicate ourselves exclusively to photography).

In addition, diversification offers us the advantage that when one income channel stops producing money, there are always others. Although we have opted more for a funding route over time than for the other (because it works better or brings more benefits), it is always wise to take alternative routes to continue making money.

Search for a niche market

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
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Specialization is one of the most repeated words in business schools and certainly in photography. Since there are many different types of disciplines in this sector, it is quite common for professional photographers to focus only on a particular area (or a few), such as social photography, portrait photography or nature photography. or photojournalism.

However, it must be acknowledged that competition is tough, so it is important to stand out from the crowd. In that sense, you need to be able to find your own style that makes you recognizable, differentiates you from the rest, and helps you find customers in a specific market niche.

Try the stock photo

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Photo of Óscar Condés

We talked extensively on this topic in HaticiTECHS, including a guide to getting started in Microstock and another how to sell more. Certainly, this is an excellent way to earn a “light” income that can last for years to come.

In any case, you must know that there are two types of archive agencies: the Macrostock and the Microstock. The former sell images with copyright licenses at a much higher price. In return, the buyer gets high-quality photos for a specific purpose and for a specific time, making the pictures unique.

The microstock, in turn, is a further development of the previous thing, which consists of selling images at low prices, but in large quantities, with a license without licenses and, therefore, permission to use the photos almost indefinitely (without return) to pay royalties. if you want to use more than one occasion), even though they still belong to their author.

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Photo of Óscar Condés

In principle, the most profitable ones are of course the first, although it is usually much more difficult to be accepted by us, and we have to offer extraordinary and unique photographs.

On the other hand, those of Microstock are much more accessible to any photographer “on foot”, but the return we achieve with a single photo is very low, which will be necessary to sell a large number of them, so the profits are considerable. In both cases, of course, the agency retains a large portion of the amount customers pay for the pictures.

As a first example we have Getty Images or Stocksy and between the second Shutterstock, Dreamstime or Fotolia. However, if you are interested in the topic, we recommend this article, where we read the best recommendations, recommendations, and recommendations to get started in this business.

It combines photography and trips

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Photo of Tim Gouw

As you know, photography and travel are two areas that mix very well. So why not make money with photography this way? You could just present yourself around the world and try to sell the pictures you made, but that’s risky and there are other ways to earn income by practicing photography.

One way is to do this through a travel agency or similar, e.g. For example, working on a cruise, taking pictures of travelers or doing so in a theme park. I do not think this is a bargain that allows for free travel. In fact, this is a work that is usually done on lenses and where the photographer has a great responsibility in achieving predetermined results.

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Photo of Óscar Condés

Another option is to work as a photographer who is solely committed to perpetuating a journey, even though this is a slightly more advanced option in our country. Of course, we also talk about more seasonal jobs that require specific sacrifices. Therefore, they are more likely to be recommended for younger people who want to earn money with their photographic hobby.

Decide for the wedding photo

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Photo of Óscar Condés

While not free of the crisis (and of course not a major competition), we all know that social reporting, especially wedding photography, is one of the areas where photographers can achieve greater profitability.

However, it is a complicated field that requires certain skills and commitments that not everyone can achieve. If you were interested a few months ago, we have provided a complete guide to getting you started in this area, so let us know.

Works for magazines

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Photo of Kaboompics // Karolina

The publishing world is another area where a photographer can earn money by seeing the published pictures. However, this market is very complicated and has been in deep crisis for many years, especially in terms of paper publications. Of course, you can also work with online magazines or other publications.

In order to work in this area, it is advisable to consider some things. Initially, we can offer our photos for volunteer volunteering or solidarity, and meanwhile try to query the market for publications that are useful to our work.

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Photo of Robert Couse-Baker

We can write directly to the publications (usually we have contact e-mails), but first we have to study well, who we should address and what we should offer them. In order to get them to publish (and pay for) your photos, you have to offer attractive and unique stories that a publisher can not miss, and of course that’s not easy. On the other hand, if we can not only take pictures but also write well, we have more options to choose, since editors usually prefer the complete stack (images and text).

Another option is to become a press photographer or a photojournalist, but this is a very specialized area that requires many sacrifices and, with certainty, full engagement. You can also look at product photography, an area similar to the stock photo. However, if you get someone to take pictures of all your magazine or website, this can be interesting.

Sell ​​your photos on your website

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
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Using your own page to market your photos directly in the form of “fine art” copies on physical media is another timely opportunity. Because offering attractive pictures that can be hung on the walls of a house with your signature is undoubtedly something to be proud of and able to benefit from.

Yes, you must ensure that you receive copies of sufficient quality, either with your own photo printer or through an online service.

This is certainly recommended to get high-quality copies with optimized color management and authorship. To get someone to take a picture of you, you have to spread your work well, for which social networks are very well suited.

Share your knowledge

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Photo by sbtlneet

Teaching other people what you know about photography is another typical source of income for photographers. Moreover, in this case, the overcrowding of the image that has occurred in recent years has the positive consequence that more people are potentially interested in learning (in one way or another).

Because teaching photography has many possibilities, such as writing a book (which can be published in hard copy or in electronic format) about a domain you control, or creating a channel from videos to photography on YouTube.

It is a bit more direct to start your own photography school, to hold workshops, lectures or photo-walks for groups or to give personal lessons. Of course, to devote yourself to this, you must have a certain popularity or reputation as a photographer. And if you’re already well-known in your area, you have a lot of livestock to earn extra income.

8 ways on how you can sell your photographs and make your works profitable
Photo of Javier Allegue Barros

So we have finished hoping that all these tips and ways to make money from photography would be useful. Of course we’d like to encourage you to share your own experiences in this regard and to share with us in the comments other ways to monetize your hobby.

 

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