To sell your pictures on these sites, simply sign up for them.
You will be required to provide your basic information along with some information to prove your identity. Upload the images along with the description, keywords and metadata and then the site will review them.
Personally, I started producing videos only this year (here’s my channel) but I’m already seeing quite a lot of views and traffic than I thought I would.
Who do I recommend to learn from?
Definitely consider Sean Cannell as your guru into the world of YouTube. He’s a HUGE video influencer with 6-figure earnings and was featured in the “20 Must Watch YouTube Channels That Will Change Your Business” by Forbes.
Setting up your first website shouldn’t be a challenge, nor do you have to be tech-savvy.
The only thing that I constantly emphasize when it comes to building an online business, is having proper guidance.
Again, I share my own journey and my #1 recommended platform for beginners in this post.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What type of photography makes the most money?
By now, you certainly know that there are a lot of photography genres you can venture into. All these types of activities have the potential to let you earn real money. However, not all of them are equally high-earning.
Here are some of the most popular photography genres that could make you a fortune in no time (of course with the right skills, talents, branding, and marketing):
There are a lot of brands all over the world, and you can take advantage of that. You can reach out to various brands and offer your services. Big names often pay a hefty amount of money to ensure their products are well presented to the world.
Also, you may also cover fashion shows which are equally rewarding as well.
Covering events such as parties, weddings, and other big gatherings bring in a lot of money to the table. For instance, it is normal to earn around $2000-$3000 for one wedding event. The only downside is that it requires a lot of work. But if you think about the financial return, it will totally be worth it.
Corporate and/or Real Estate Photography
This is another good industry to gain a lot of money from. Big companies are also capable of paying competitive sum of money because your photos will mean so much for their advertising and reputation.
Actually, this career is pretty rewarding, if you know how to do things right.
It is true that in the beginning it might seem like a rough path leading to nowhere, especially if you are a freelancer. But in the long run, when you have already established your brand and market your services well, the rewards will be totally worth it.
Aside from the monetary benefits, nothing beats the freedom it gives you in doing something that you love.
Q: Do you need to have a degree in photography to make money?
No, you don’t.
There is no written rule that you need to have a degree in photography just to be someone in this industry. Except of course if your target client requires you to have one (but that rarely happens).
In fact, even those without formal education about this craft are free to explore and venture into this field. It all just depends on your skill set and talent. Plus, marketing and branding also takes a huge role in your success. Not the diploma. *wink wink*
If you want to have some sort of training, workshops and seminars can always be an option. These are more short-term commitments and are generally cheaper compared to a 4-year university degree.
But I’m not saying it is bad to major in photography. If you want to have formal education and you have the means to do it, then go ahead. It will grant you more than education but other good experiences that will help you excel in the field.
How to Make Money as a Photographer in 2021
When choosing a career that will help us earn a good amount of money, we often tend to focus on becoming an engineer, chartered accountant, lawyer, doctor, etc.
And only a few of us consider our passions like photography as a full-time job.
You’d be surprised but most popular full-time photographers today just incidentally knew how to make money with photography.
They just started purely on the desire to do something meaningful and worthwhile while being creative and fun.
With that said, if you want to make a living out of photography, I provided you with some of the tools/tips that you need in order to succeed.
As for the actual ways to earn income, the ones I mentioned above are the top ways on how to make money doing photography.
Whether it’s selling photos/prints, running around to capture some celebrities, or building a business – there are plenty of options.
Keep in mind:
Initially, it might be challenging to turn your passion into a steady stream of income.
That is why it is better to start it off as a second job and build your portfolio, knowledge, and experience in order to make this a profitable full-time job.
Founder & content creator at Digital World Beauty. My main objective here is to create a valuable resource for photography enthusiasts with honest tech reviews, course recommendations, and how-to tutorials.