You love taking pictures. The act of capturing a moment in time thrills you to the core. There’s so much beauty in the world that you can’t let an image slip by you. But even though doing what we love brings its own rewards, it’s still cool to earn an income with it. That being said, though you may enjoy putting your camera to good use, you probably also wonder how to make money with photography online.
Now if you’re like me, you want the most recent information possible since online opportunities change (and expand) so quickly. Personally, I find this exciting because what may have seemed elusive at one time has now become not only possible, but easily doable.
Is it possible to get paid doing something you love? Can you make money from crafts?
Yes!These days, there are more options than ever to take your craft and turn it into an income. #makemoneywithphotography #workfromhome #makemoneyonline #iammyimaginationClick To Tweet
Between websites that pay you for your photos and the fact that you can use your phone to take pictures instead of investing in expensive equipment, your options are abundant.
So let’s take a look at the ways you can make money with photography online.
Top 10 Ways to Make Money with Photography Online (in 2020)
1 – Edit Other People’s Photos
Not everyone is skilled when it comes to photo editing. This is where freelancing comes in.
You can sign up on Fiverr.com as a seller and create a gig editing people’s photos.
Whether you remove the background, change the eye color or remove wrinkles, there’s work for you.
Years ago, I purchased a stock image. The background was perfect, but I wanted a different person in the forefront instead of the one the image came with by default. I hired someone on Fiverr and they did a great job.
2 – Create Photo ProductsYou can take photos of beautiful flowers, sunsets, and animals and create products out of them. #makemoneyfromcrafts #careerchangeClick To Tweet
If you’re a dog lover (especially if you love a specific breed), you can take photos of your pet and make things like:
- wall art
- canvas bags
- iPhone cases
- coffee mugs
Visit Teespring.com and sign up for a free account. You can use your photos to create some of the products listed above.
They have tutorials and articles in their training center. You don’t have to stock merchandise since they’re a print on demand company.
I’d also HIGHLY recommend Printful. I’ve been using their platform for several months now and they’ve been excellent.
You can sign up for a free account using the banner below and get busy creating stunning print on demand products (t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, phone cases – you name it.
3 – Create Digital Products
You can take your photos and create templates out of them for others to download and use as well.
People make photo cards, calendars, brochures, save the date cards and more.
Visit Etsy.com and browse through the photo templates to get inspired.
4 – Create an Online Photography Course
Online courses are extremely popular these days. People love to learn online. It’s convenient, it can be done from home and for the most part, it’s affordable.
If you’re a skilled photographer, you can teach others what you know. Visit Udemy or Skillshare and see what courses they offer to get inspired to create your own.
5 – Do Photography Tutorials on Youtube
I watch a LOT of Youtube videos. Chances are you do too.
Whenever I want to learn something or get inspired, I browse through videos to see what I can learn from others.
If you have a tip or idea about photography – whether taking photos, using specific equipment or creating a product out of photos, you can start a channel and create some shorter tutorials to gain a following.
It’s a great way to send people who appreciate your work to sign up for your photography course, visit your blog or purchase the products you’re using (see #8).
6 – Sell Prints
People still love prints. You can take photos of the beach, the mountains or any other scene that represents beauty and sell them on your website, Etsy or through social media.
7 – Sell Your Photos to Stock Image Websites
Places like Shutterstock, Getty and istockphoto purchase images to sell on their platform.
Their terms and conditions are on their websites. They also make it pretty easy on you since they do all of the marketing. You wouldn’t have to “be the salesperson”, nor do you have to create a website to showcase your work.
8 – Sell Photography Products and Supplies
If you enjoy using specific photo products, you can sell them.
Regardless if it’s a new camera, photo editing software, a tripod, lens or lighting, if you use it, enjoy it and it helps you with your craft, you can sign up as an affiliate through places like Amazon or Walmart and include links to these products in you videos and blog posts.
9 – Create Youtube Thumbnails
A friend of mine started her Youtube channel recently and since there’s a lot to learn, it was a little overwhelming. Her videos are great, but I thought she’d do well with custom thumbnails to make her videos look polished when sharing them.
People need this type of service. They just don’t have the time to put into photo editing. In this case, you’d sign up on Fiverr and create a gig selling thumbnail pics.
If you don’t know how to make thumbnails, no worries. You can learn. Skillshare has classes – and they let you take unlimited courses for free for 60 days.
10 – Build a Photography Blog
If you want to showcase your work, talents and products all in one place, you’d be wise to consider starting a blog.
This is where you can write posts sharing your new photos and even tell the story behind them.
People love to relate to one another. You can talk about things like how in the midst of an otherwise lousy situation, you were able to discover something beautiful in the chaos.
On your blog, you can link to your Youtube videos, your portfolio and share product links. Plus, you can build a name for yourself, meet new people and have complete creative control over your craft.
Summing it Up
So these are the top 10 ways to make money with photography online. I didn’t get into what you can do in person, so that’ll be another post.
If you love taking photographs, I say try these ideas out and see what works best for you.
In the meantime, if you’ve already had success following any of these ideas, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section.
And please feel free to share this with others. We can all use some inspiration.
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