How To Earn With Photography
In this article, I will show you what you will need in a camera and how to earn with Photography online. This is a very fun and lucrative online business that you can do to supplement your income. For how to create a video click this link.
Photography is the art of taking pictures. I say art because it takes knowledge and skill to take great pictures. It is not just a matter of clicking a camera, but you need to know your subject matter, lighting, shading, depth perception, focal length, aperture, and a bunch of other things to understand and set up to get a great picture.
It is the great pictures that sell the best and will get you the best return on your time and effort it took to get the picture.
So let’s see what you are going to need.
Well, obviously you are going to need a camera. To take good pictures you are going to have to have to invest in a decent camera and not just your old average point and click job you bought at the local grocery store. Your camera is going to have to have some basic features that you will need to take good quality pictures.
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So what are the basic features you will need from a good camera?
It’s measured in fractions of a second, so a shutter speed of 1/500 means the shutter is open for one 500th of a second. Higher shutter speeds mean the camera captures a shorter period of time (blur-free images), while lower speeds allow the camera to gather light, although if your hands shake or your subject moves you will get a blurry picture.
Zoom is a simple concept — it is how close you can get to your subject without actually moving closer yourself. If you want to be as close as possible to your subject, then the most important number is the telephoto angle. Though you should know that when you are zoomed all the way in on your subject, it becomes extremely hard to hold the camera steady, so I recommend a tripod when taking pictures like that.
Lens sharpness is important as a sharp lens will give you better detail and obtains a clear separation between edges and colors right down to the pixel level.
Lenses will start to exhibit some distortion at their extremes. For the wide view, 16mm and lower, and telephoto view, 135mm and above. Some cameras are able to correct for this with software.
For the absolute best results, you’ll want a camera capable of exchanging lenses at each of the most common focal lengths: 24mm, 50mm, 80mm, 100mm, and 200mm. This will be a big backpack to carry though, so be prepared for some weight, especially if you have really spent the money and gotten all glass lenses as opposed to plastic lenses, which are much lighter.
It is measured using that confusing f-number scale that uses that obtuse nomenclature. Basically, Aperture is just a relative measure for the diameter of your lens opening. Lower f-numbers indicate a wider aperture (lots of light), while higher ones indicate is narrower aperture (more focused light).
There is a lag which comes from the automated focusing and metering systems. That is why when you press the button there is a slight delay before the camera takes a picture. This is because of the metering and focusing is going on before the picture is taken. Metering is where the camera judges how long it needs to expose the image for, while autofocus actually measures the distance to the subject and automatically adjusts the lens.
There are two types of viewfinders on the market and they are optical and electronic. The purists still use the optical, but the electronic is catching on quick.
If your camera doesn’t have a viewfinder, then you’d better make sure it’s equipped with a good LCD. You’ll need an LCD with good resolution, which is measured in dots, with 230,000, 460,000, and 920,000 being the typical values. The more dots the better.
A megapixel contains 1 million pixels. You will need to know the number of megapixels so that you can tell how big of an image you can have without having to enlarge it with software. By enlarging a picture you will degrade the quality of the image.
So a 3-megapixel photo can be printed out on the US standard 6 x 4 inch card at 300ppi. 10 megapixels will print out a sheet of paper sized image at 300ppi. The higher the ppi number the higher the quality of the image. By lowering the quality (the ppi) you can print out even larger sizes without changing the number of megapixels. So dependent on what size images you want to print out, and the quality of the print, you will need to choose the appropriate megapixel camera.
Where To Sell Your Pictures?
Ok so now we are on to the good stuff. How to make money with Photography. Well here is a list of a few possible ways. You could provide anyone one of the following services.
- Births (yes it is weird but it is a pretty big business)
- Real Estate
- Arial (drone) Photography (you will need to get a license and insurance for this)
For places to sell your pictures, you can go to,
- Advertisement Companies
- Travel Agencies (pics for their brochures)
- Use drones for aerial pictures to sell to Holiday Resorts, Country Clubs, Golf Courses, etc, that they can use for their advertising. You can sometimes trade them for their services that they offer (maybe a free room for example).
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Art Galleries
- Direct sales from your website
- Sell your pictures on the internet at places like Adobe, Etsy, SmugMug and Shutterstock, to name a few.
So as you can see there are many ways to market your pictures and your photographic skills. There are many more than what I have listed here, but it should give you a good start.
Now all you need is your website to market your skills and products. You will need to learn how to set up your website and get traffic to it so that you can earn some income. You will need a hosting platform and security for your website and a bunch of training. I recommend Wealthy Affiliate. They can provide everything you will need to get started and be set up and running on the web, all in one place. You can read about them by clicking the image below.
Thank you for reading my article and if you have questions or just want to comment, please leave them below and I will be happy to respond to you. 🙂
June 12, 2017 @ 8:29 pm
Photography is great to earn some extra money, only, thanks to the cheaper compact cameras a lot of people think they’re suddenly “the Master” and offer their services at weddings. Haha, I don’t mind, I’m known for making a video during events in church and believe me, that “sells” since it’s not allowed to do this in our church.
There are several sites where people can show their work and over the whole globe one can sell his pictures as you already wrote. A small period I worked together with a famous Picture Artist, Noëlle van der Lende and she taught me a lot about the trade.
Maybe a good idea to bring an article about the so called bridge cameras, most people don’t know them and that’s a pitty.
Wish you a great day 🙂
June 12, 2017 @ 10:12 pm
Thanks for reading my article. I agree that many people think that all u do it point nad click and presto! u have a great picture. Unfortunately, that is not the case and they soon run out of business as nobody wants a bad picture. Your suggestion about bridge cameras is intriguing and I will look into it and see about writing an article on them. Thanks for stopping by and I wish u well.
May 6, 2017 @ 10:35 pm
Great article! I have a friend who is a great photographer and I am always telling her that she should be selling her photos online. I will definitely pass this post on to her and maybe I can convince her to set up an online shop. Which of the online market places do you recommend? Are there pros and cons to going through a marketplace like Etsy vs. setting up your own website?
May 7, 2017 @ 1:15 am
Glad u found my article useful. To make some quick money u can use a site like Shutterstock. The downside of these sites is that they only give u around 20% – 30% at most for your pic once it sells. If u are running your own website then u get to keep all the profit which is much better. Also, u can start your own website for free at Wealthy Affiliate. They will even teach u how to get set up and get your website going for free. It really is a great learning platform to launch from and it costs u nothing to do it. I hope your friend finds this article useful and I will gladly answer any questions she may have.
May 4, 2017 @ 6:48 pm
Fantastic! I would love to hear more about the actual outlets of making money, what are the best sites to sell my photos, I am starting an Aerial photography Business n Canada, and would love to have as many venues as possible to sell my wares! The cameras are real expensive though so if I bought one it would have to be ready to perform for years to come, not be outdated right away what cameras are the best? Get back to me on this I ll be back to check your site out as I progress in my Business venture.
May 4, 2017 @ 7:29 pm
Thanks for stopping by and reading my article. Your aerial business sounds awesome! I wish u well with it. Yes the cameras can be a little steep but it will last u for years to come. As far a places to sell your pictures u can create your own website and sell them yourself and keep all the profit instead of only getting a percentage. Wealthy Affiliate can get u up and running in no time with your own online photography business even for complete newbies. Click my review of them in the menu above. As far as places to sell your photos there are bunches of websites but a few are Istockphoto, Adobe, Shutterstock, Fotolia, BlueMelon, Smugmug.
May 2, 2017 @ 9:49 pm
You have made the technical terms very easy to understand. I have always used an automatic camera for taking photographs without having to worry about lighting, adjustments, shutter speed and all that, and I still prefer it that way. Do you think I can take good quality photos with auto-settings? and does a smartphone camera work as well?
I guess without the skills of a photographer I can’t sell my photos online, or maybe you know of a website that accepts photos from amateurs? Do let me know if you have further suggestions on this, thank you!
May 3, 2017 @ 2:07 pm
I am glad u found my article useful. Yes, u can take pictures with an auto camera and get some really good shots with one. But as u gain experience u will want to get certain effects and then u will need a more advanced camera. A smartphone camera does not give u good pictures, the quality is just too low.
U can sell your photos, whether u are a pro or an amateur, at places like Shutterstock, Adobe, Etsy, SmugMug, to name a few. I hope this helps u out and I wish u great success in your endeavor. 🙂
April 29, 2017 @ 1:09 am
This article is 10/10 I absolutely love photography and I have been meaning to turn my hobby into some extra money. Thanks for the info!
April 29, 2017 @ 1:13 am
Thanks for reading my article, I am glad u found it insightful and useful. It is a great hobby to have and one that can be very lucrative as an online business. I wish u well on your new adventure.