The Online World of Photography

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How to turn a hobby into a business venture?

Photography is not a small time business. In fact, it is fast becoming a lucrative business these days as there will always be people who wants to buy photos online. All you have to do is to take clear and interesting photos. And then, upload either on your site or upload in other websites.

First, ask the question, what photos do people buy? The large number of people who buys photos are those who has either their own websites or they are bloggers. The in-demand photos are:

  • Work situation like office
  • Cities
  • Close-up photos
  • People
  • Travel
  • Things like books, computers, tools, bag, dress, jewelries
  • Animals
  • Nature

It is a good idea to check which image is in-demand in different websites.

Let’s face it, to come up with good photos, you’ve got to use a good camera. A DSLR camera is a good choice. You will also need a tripod to make sure that the camera is steady. You can also check on photography kits in dependable websites. Lastly, do not skip on storing your photos online. If you are a member of Amazon Prime, you can use their free online storage. There is also Carbonite who can do that for you.

To make a larger surface for your photo, use backdrops. There are good vinyl backdrops that can do an amazing job. A reversible type is also available in the market. You can try using a light tent to soften the glare of the sun. You can likewise use your table top for small items.

When your photos get sold, you start earning money. Another way is not to sell your photos. Instead, give a license to buyers who would like to use your photos. This means that you have the copyright of your photos and letting the same photos be sold in as many times possible to different customers. The amount earned may not be as big, but if your photos are sold many times, it could be a handsome amount. This is the reason why stock photography can be lucrative.

You can opt selling your photos as prints too. Just upload your photos to different printing websites where buyers can order your printed photos. You can also choose to sign up at different websites like society6.com, Redbubble.com, Etsy.com, and more. The website then collects for you. It is not much, but it is a good start. The advantage here is that, you do not have to do the printing, the shipping, and the asking of your payment.

It is better if you create your own website and sell your photos. This means time and money spent, but the result is good.  If you want a quick budgeted way, buy a portfolio website that contains ready-to-use templates. The internet is a very good platform. It can open doors of opportunity. With the many websites available and blogs adding to the number, images will always be in-demand. There will always be a room for every photographer. Time to turn your hobby into a business!