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5 Ways to Earn Money Through Photography

Photography is not only great as a hobby, it can also get you some extra cash if you know how to. From selling your photos online, assisting a professional photographer to joining photo contests, learn how to earn money through photography.

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EOS M5, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens, f/4, 22mm, 1/125sec, ISO100


1. Sell your photos on stock image libraries

If you have experience in photography and you are good at a certain genre (e.g. landscape), consider selling your photos on stock image libraries such as Getty Images, Shutterstock, or Stocksy. Advertising agencies, brands, publications and websites use stock images for publicity and commercial purposes, which is a great way for you to earn some quick bucks. Submit only your best work to ensure that your photos are of quality for both commercial and editorial uses. 

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Photo credit: Stocksy


2. Start a photography blog/YouTube channel

Create a photography blog or YouTube channel to share your knowledge on photography. If you create content interesting enough (think tips and tricks or quick guides), you can build a strong following on social media. This may lead to advertising opportunities with brands, photography workshops, and more.

darren wong photography website

Photo credit: Darren Wong Photography


3. Join photo contests

Take part in some of your local photography contests (e.g. Canon PhotoMarathon) to gain exposure and widen your photography social circle. You never know who you will meet, and what opportunities will these contests present in the long term. Some contests may even offer cash prizes or products for the winners!

canon photomarathon website

Photo credit: Canon Singapore


4. Assist a professional photographer

There are many advantages to becoming a photographer’s assistant. Firstly, it gets you experience, and being taught by a professional is better than watching YouTube videos or through trial and error. Secondly, you may get a strong portfolio if the photographer lets you shoot occasionally. Lastly, as an assistant you get money for your work, and contacts from clients and people in the industry. 

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5. Sell portrait sessions

Many portrait photographers advertise their services such as portrait sessions online. These offerings are great for individuals looking to have their personal portraits done, or amateur models who are trying to create a portfolio. Decide on an hourly rate or charge your services by per session. Don’t forget to draw up a contract to protect your best interest.

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EOS M10, EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, 15mm, 1/2000 sec, f/3.5, ISO200

It is important to note that before you proceed with these tips, you will need to possess substantial photography skills and the right equipment to turn this hobby into a business. Practise regularly to make sure that you perfect your craft and seek opinions from peers or other photographers in the industry.  


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