Millions of people want to try photography. Over 80% of this population chooses to hone their skills to a more professional level by enrolling to photography schools or joining photography courses. A hefty 60% of them then discover the potential in photography to generate income. But many of them are actually clueless on how they can start a business using their cameras.
In a generation where professional photography has already become highly competitive, there are actually a number of ways on how you can earn money in image-making apart from starting a photo studio. Taming Light Photography’s owner and director Colin Smith compiled an ebook to help photographers like him discover other opportunities where they can stand out in a crowded market.
“How to Make Money From Photography Without Selling Your Soul”
Award-winning photographer, Mr. Smith, published this ebook where he shares 5 other ways on how photographers can make money with their art.
Where most photographers are opening their own studio or dive into the saturated market of events photography, corporate photography or selling photographs in a gallery, they actually have more other options where they can get a higher possibility to make MORE money! Our list includes:
1. Organizing Photography Tours
Like our Tuscany Photography Adventure 2019, photographers can also organize their own event where they take a small group of participants to a location where they can get tons of photo ops.
It is important, though, that the leader has knowledge of the area like a local so he can truly show them around to the most photogenic spots where they can practice the different styles and strategies in photography.
2. Online Photography Courses
You know so well that not all photographers have the eagerness to become professionals. However, they are keen enough to learn as they use their photography to stand out on social media or to use their photography in their business to save from hiring a pro.
These people wouldn’t waste time going to a whole year of photography course so they will look for a more convenient setup where they can learn strategies.
Apart from consulting Youtube, they will most likely search for online courses which are cheaper than photography schools but are more detailed than Youtube tutorials.
3. Face-to-Face Photography Classes
While you can’t build your own school, you can still do workshops to facilitate learning. Come up with a unique or highly interesting photography course to teach and get at least 20 enrollees to start with.
4. One-on-One Mentoring
Like photography classes, you can tutor a photographer who seriously wants to become a pro in a private setting.
There might be people who are shy to share a class with others or simply wants full attention from an instructor for them to learn more quickly. Take advantage of this opportunity, some are willing to pay higher rates just so they can speed things up.
5. Photography Equipment E-commerce
This is business with lesser effort. Be a reseller of photography accessories and equipment like lenses, filters, flash, or even ebooks, and a lot more!
You simply have to set up your own e-commerce or have a web development company configure and design it for you. Make sure to check and fulfill orders every day as customer experience is the number one factor that determines your success in the e-commerce business.
These businesses might take some time to generate ROI, but you’ll have lesser competition in these fields and it also means a higher probability to succeed as a professional photographer – without having to sell your soul!
Find out more details of these photography business opportunities by downloading our ebook “How To Make Money From Photography Without Selling Your Soul.”