Even if you’re not a professional photographer, you can make money taking pictures. If you have a fair eye and a decent camera, you can pick up the necessary skills to get paid for photography work. Here are some bona fide ways to earn money as for the photos you take.
1. Stock Photos
You definitely don’t need to be a pro to make money selling stock photography. A lot of people are doing this right now, selling photos on websites like Shutterstock. Sell them to businesses, news organizations, and web designers.
2. Real Estate
You can partner up with a real estate agent to take photos of the listings they’re trying to sell. This is a niche where you can charge by the hour or the job.
3. Photo Editing
If you’re good with a computer, you can get people to pay you to edit the photos they’ve taken. Enhancing, cropping, and manipulating images can make you some pretty good money if you have great Photoshop skills.
Did you know you can make money with your photos on Instagram? Offer your best photos for sale, and people will pay. Check out a true story of how one Instagram user made over $15,000 in one day!
5. Photograph Events
This is a pretty obvious way to make money taking photos, and you’ll definitely need to be good at it if you’re going to go this route. You can make money taking photos of families, senior high school students, births, weddings, and a lot more. Just find a niche that you love.
6. Sell Photo Items
Take some great pictures and sell them as photo prints or canvas gallery wraps. You can also print them on wood and metal, and sell them on websites like Etsy or Smugmug.