How to Make Money With Your Camera

If you love to take pictures, you have probably wondered if there is some way that you can make money doing what you love. After all, you see pictures in magazines, on billboards, on product packages and more. And if you have thought to yourself that people must get paid for those, you would not be far wrong. It is quite possible to make money with your camera, and there are a number of ways of doing so.

Portrait Photography

The most common way of making money by taking pictures is to set up your own portrait studio. Individual people, families, friends, and even pets come into your studio either by appointment or as a drop in, and you take pictures of them. This can be an extremely lucrative way to make money with photography, but it does take time and effort to become established. It also takes money. If you want to set up a studio, you will need to pay for the space, utilities for that space and lots of studio extras such as photo backdrops, props, and specialty lighting.

Real Estate Photography

Another great way to earn money with your camera is to take pictures of real estate. These types of photos are often used by real estate agents, brokers and home owners when they are trying to sell their property. Sometimes you can even sell your services to insurance agencies, then be assigned to take pictures of homes and property that is getting a new or upgraded insurance policy.

Magazine Photography

Another commonly seen type of photography that is not often thought twice about is magazine photography. Magazines need photographers and great pictures just as they need writers and great articles and they are willing to pay good money for them. Some magazines pay small amounts for pictures while others pay $100 or more each.

News Photography

This one is a great option for someone who lives in a busy urban area, particularly if you love getting out and about to see what is going on. With this type of photography, you sell your pictures to newspapers, so the photos must be newsworthy in some way. You can take pictures of a car accident for instance, a fire or other emergency situation, or of public officials and famous people.

Product Photography

This is also referred to as catalog photography, because you are usually taking pictures of products and those are most often used for sales catalogs. Sometimes businesses will hire photographers to take product photos for packaging or other advertising too, such as the company brochure.

As you can see, there are a variety of ways to make money with your camera, but they are not usually as quick, simple or easy as they might first sound.

In most cases you need to have talent and skills first, then you need to build up a reputation and or a photography portfolio. Once you have these basic things, you will also have a good idea of what types of photography you like best, and this will help you determine the best way for you to start earning income with your photos too.