8 Ways to Make Money Using Your Digital Camera
A lot of simple-looking tools you use on a daily basis can also be used to make some extra money. One of these is your digital camera. If you’re just starting out it’s not advisable to buy an expensive camera as it may cost you more then you make. Following are some tips on how you can make money with your camera.
Provide photos for print publications
Newspapers and magazines are always looking for photographs to attach to their news stories and articles. You can take photos of various events and places around your locality and try to sell these to the papers. You can target things like festivals, concerts, charity events, high profile parties, street bashes, carnivals, parades, etc. It saves the papers time and expenses that they may have had to spend to send their own photographers.
Display photos at a local establishment
There are many restaurants, sports bars, fitness clubs, hotels, etc that have empty walls. You can approach the managers/owners and offer to display your photographs there free of charge. The only catch is that your number has to be displayed on the photo so that potential customers can contact you and pay for photography tasks.
Good quality or artistic photos are often put up for auction. You can approach different auctioneers or even auction off your own work to the highest bidder on eBay.
Clients on a number of task apps such as TaskRabbit often require you to take photos of items, places, and people for which you’re paid. You can join such apps and task networks and search for photography tasks which you can accomplish with your digital camera.
You can take wedding photos and get paid for them. These gigs often pay quite well and there are many of them since people get married every day. You’ll need a pretty good camera for this type of gig though because people are very serious about their wedding photos.
Sell your photos online
There are sites which are dedicated to the buying and selling of photography. You can register for such sites and sell your photos there. A good example of such a site is TodayPhotos.org. Alternatively you can create your own site and sell your photos directly from there.
Approach real estate agents
Realtors need photos to advertise houses that they want to sell. You can approach several of them and offer to take photos of various houses and properties for them so that they can use them to lure potential clients.
Sell instant photos
You can setup a small stall in a mall, on the street, or a busy area and offer to take pictures of people. You can buy a small, portable printer to quickly print the pictures for your customers. Immigration offices and other areas which need photos are also good places to setup for instant photos if there are no such restrictions against doing so.
Great photography is not as easy as point and shoot, but if you practice enough you can become a pro and sell your work at a high price. If your work is brilliant people won’t hesitate to pay top dollar for it.
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