Some ways to make money with photos

Some ways to make money with photos

In recent years, souvenir photos are a must: holidays, birthdays, weddings, parties, sports essays and much more are regularly immortalized by improvised photographers who, thanks to increasingly advanced tools, can obtain ever better photographs and which can also be sold and therefore giving him away to earn with photos.

And in some cases, the compliments are not long in coming, friends ask you to take pictures for them, or maybe you aim to participate in a photo contest, so much so that sooner or later the question arises: is it possible to make money with photos?

The answer is definitely yes: there are several ways to sell photos and profit from your passion as a photographer.

Ways to make money with photos

First of all, it is good that you know that the definition of an amateur photographer does not imply that you do not know how to take photographs, but simply that the photographer is not your main channel of profit.

You probably have another job that, in any case, allows you to have enough time to devote yourself to your passion, that of photography. A passion that can still become a source of an accessory income, as long as you are aware that there are rules and limits to be respected (if you want to learn more, I suggest you read this article of mine: compensation amateur photographer ).

Many disagree, but as far as I’m concerned I am convinced that there are many ways to make money with photography, thanks also and above all to the use of the web.


E-commerce sites, blogs and many different types of internet sites use images and photographs that are never before becoming protagonists of our reality.

Just look around and see photos everywhere! Photos are now essential to convey any type of message, from emotional to professional.

Of course, you don’t have to imagine that the life of the amateur photographer is always “adventurous” that is linked to photographs of unspoiled nature. These populations still live in villages and tribes and so on.

Often, especially at the beginning, the photos that allow you to earn something are the newspaper photos.


For example, if you love taking pictures of objects, furnishings and accessories, you can find a very interesting job as a photographer of products for sale.

What does it mean? Today, more and more people and companies need to take photos of their products for online or printed catalogs and individually sell handcrafted objects through channels such as e-bay or social networks.


Very fashionable, for example, is the presentation and sale of costume jewelry or crochet creations or even decoupage and small crafts.

On the one hand, there are small artisans, often amateurs, who make objects to sell. On the other hand, these articles must be presented through photos that are well done but not necessarily made by professional photographers.

It may seem like a bit of a bizarre way to “sell yourself” as a photographer. Still, it certainly represents a good start, especially if you consider the ever-increasing number of buy-and-sell advertisements of this type that appear, more and more often, in these channels.

Among other things, to take photos in this field, you do not need either a studio or spaces, since they are made in most cases in the apartments of those who make the sales.

At best, you may need some accessories to improve the contrast between the object for sale and the context surrounding it.


A classic case, once again, is that of objects. You can choose to take a photo of a bracelet, an ornament, or another small object in its original context or isolate it, placing it on a cloth or illuminating it with a particular light so that its characteristics are best highlighted.


And for those who, in addition to being passionate about photos, is also a great admirer of engines. An interesting variant to the possibility already described is to devote themselves above all to photos for cars or motorcycles, always to be created for those who need to sell your vehicle.

All in all, it could be nice to show that with your photograph you make the sale of a car more practical and faster!

And believe me … the photo makes the difference. I have gone from having no request/offer for my used car to having so many to choose from, just because I have repeated the ad with more captivating photos!


Finally, even for photo and cooking enthusiasts, there is the possibility of earning money with their menus and their shots.

In this particular historical moment, in which sites and blogs of culinary information, recipes, and menus seem to be the most popular, if you can take photos that can highlight the beauty of a dish, whether sweet or savory, you have the opportunity to sell your photos very quickly and safely, once you have found the right context.


Another interesting possibility, always connected to working with photos and the internet, is selling photos on the internet through stock photography.

It is a constantly growing channel as there are more sites to sell photos, enrich editorial articles or particular internet pages, and brochures, billboards, and much more.


When you work in this sector, you usually subscribe to certain specialized sites to sell photos online.

The ways to join are different depending on the site: some ask you to send test photos to understand the level and kind of photos you want to sell. If your photos pass the evaluation test, then you can become their “official seller” exclusively or not.

If you choose to sell certain photos only to a specific site, the rights recognized at the time of sale are usually higher and can exceed 30% of the sale price.

In other cases, it is not necessary to carry out an access exam, but just register and upload the photos: the prices, of course, may vary depending on the type of photo, that is, if they are generic photos, more easily requested on the net, but also more easily sold, or in the case of particular photos, specific for certain sectors.

In this case, even though the sale may be more difficult, higher earnings are guaranteed.

Furthermore, considering the ever-increasing use of photos on the net, it is important to remember that the more you can vary subjects and photo styles, the easier it is to sell photos. For this reason, it is important to upload only and above all quality photos, able to be selected in an increasingly competitive context.


When it comes to making money with photography, perhaps many imagine themselves taking photos at a wedding or party, concert, or sporting event.

Suppose these roles today are mainly played by professional photographers. In that case, however, it is not certain that you cannot try, with the awareness that the competition from professionals is not only very high but also equipped with techniques and means that you probably do not yet have.

But if photography is a passion, it is good that it remains such. If you love to take a certain type of photography, you are certainly encouraged to improve in that sector, thus trying to earn something in such a way as to feel more satisfied.

Of course, before you can access major events, such as a wedding, it’s a good idea to start at a lower level.


For example, from birthday photos, even those of 18 years, usually accompanied by very important celebrations.

The birthday photos allow you to have a wide panorama of action, both for the locations, which can be both outdoors and indoors and for the subjects that can range from children to teens to adults.

For each of these subjects, it will be possible, in addition to routine photos, near the cake or during the blowing out of the candles, to steal moments of particular interest.

Of course, it will be up to your ability as a photographer and a little to the guests’ character to be able to capture particular moments, which will allow you to remember that particular party forever.


In other cases, if you are passionate about sports, your dream may be to shoot great sportsmen in action.

However, even in this case, it is necessary to start from the bottom, perhaps taking photos during youth sports meetings.

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It must also be remembered that when it comes to sports photography, one should not think only and exclusively of football: many sports can give great satisfaction to photographers and that often also lead you to the opportunity to sell photos to newspapers or sell photos to specialized magazines.

But you must remember that, to get the best out of sports photography, you need to know the type of sport for which you want to do a particular photoshoot. Only by knowing the sport, in fact, and the different disciplines will it be possible to better understand what the most important and spectacular moments can be and to be ready with the aim aimed not only to be able to capture the right moment but also and above all to choose the right angle, i.e., the best location from which to take your photographs.

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