So i have a full time job but im looking for some extra spending money because of all my bills, i dont have a lot. I love photography and would like to sell some pictures hopefully but there are a couple problems with that plan. 1)i dont know what to sell them for and 2) i only have 1 camera (a good one. not just a simple point and shoot) and one lens that came with it. the lens that it came with doesnt zoom in very much so i cant really shoot animals which is what i want to shoot most. i dont want to shoot people. im not the best with people. also where do you think i could sell my pictures? restaurants? they could hang them on their walls or something. people from church and family and friends are really the only places/people i can think of to sell them.

Views: 664

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

yes. thank you. lol

Photography seems like a very hard business to make money at. I would suggest finding some other avenue to make some side money from.

Ask local art galleries if they will show your prints. Of course they take usually 50% of the price, so keep that in mind. I'd charge $200 for a good 8x11 print...

No offense but I do not think this is the way to go to make some extra spending money.  Photography is an "art" business and art businesses are hard.   You seem to need some focus as well.

You say you do not know what to sell them for, this tells me you do not know what subjects you want to use.  People, animals, buildings, etc.  While you have a decent camera, you are not at a super-professional level with it.   From what I am reading you are saying, "I like taking pictures, maybe I can sell pictures."

To get some extra spending cash, work a side job where you split a tip pool or do some kind of talent for a few hours on call.  Save the idea of selling pictures as a longer term deal, at least until you define your target market.

if you love photography, don't do it for a living.

it doesn't pay well anymore because the market is severely over-saturated with photographers. my father was a photographer for the LA times until about 5 years ago when he and a lot of other staff photographers were laid off. he has earned many awards and been part of a pulitzer prize winning staff, and now he's barely making ends meet with infrequent freelance jobs from the VC star. out of the photographers i know from the LA times, most of them are in similar situations. i assist on side jobs when needed for free. 

if you want to get into the art scene that's a beast of a different story, it's an incredibly exclusive club of elitist trying to work with introverts. either way, its the curators in control, check out the article below. 

but if my discouragement still didn't change your mind. keep taking photos, of everything, memory is cheap, film isn't. goto photo events, gallery opening, and schmooze the hell out of every photographer/curator/critic and learn from them. go to concerts, parades, anything news worthy and photograph everything, you can upload it online and try to sell or build a portfolio. the MOST important thing about a career in photography (or any professional art) is exposer. no one will buy what you're selling if they don't know you. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/curators-c...

put up ads for photosessions for facebook profile photos. Charge 20$ to 30$ per photosession. You wouldn't believe how many people will call you.

There are online services that specialize in buying and selling photos and prints. You should use your Google-Fu to find out how they work.

 

You could also start an Etsy shop.

 

If you want to make money, though, I suggest getting a part-time job. The amount of time you will need to invest in producing your pictures and setting up / managing your various online accounts, services and transactions will be considerable. If it's a long-term project for fun and a secondary source of occasional income, great. But if you need money to pay off debts, that time would be better invested in a side-job which would guarantee you a certain amount of money for the hours you put into it.

 

 

its really tough to sell photos. most people with blogs and stuff just steal photos and dont pay for stock photos. most advertisers already have photograhers they use. your best bet would be trying to get into wedding photography if you want decent income and substantial income. i can pretty much gurantee you wont have much luck trying to have a photo blog or sell stock photos or sell on cafepress or anything like that. or find a niche like macro photography where you photograph items for catalogues or websites. im looking to hire someone like that myself right now. because photographers are like a dime a dozen and placing a cl ad has 100 emails responding to me within an hour people dont pay much. i think im paying like $40 for an hour photo shoot of my products

RSS

Latest Activity

Shane replied to Milo Morris's discussion Gay Republicans in the group Out to Build Bridges
"I don't care about those other countries. If you don't want to talk about women being fat and ugly, don't. You're the one who brought it up."
1 hour ago
Jay D replied to 2risewhenfallen's discussion Does the universe have powers?
"There are three things you can do. - Accept that you have a job that makes you unhappy - Change the situation at work so it s mor acceptable to you - Leave the Job and get something new. You not wanting to quit is not the universe. Its more likely…"
1 hour ago
Salt Dragon replied to Milo Morris's discussion Gay Republicans in the group Out to Build Bridges
"Its all a farce.  The politics of exclusion for Trump exclude everyone but himself.  He's ready to lynch anyone who gets in his way and is admired for shaking up the status quo when he wants to become it himself.  Somehow the…"
2 hours ago
Salt Dragon replied to Salt Dragon's discussion Advice re abusive boyfriend of ex
"thanks, good point that rings so true."
3 hours ago
Richard Schwier replied to 2risewhenfallen's discussion Does the universe have powers?
"You're in deep, dude. And it's not all that unusual, I'm guessing.  I don't have a lot to offer beyond "don't quit", but here's the thing:  I do think you can pray or at least centre yourself.…"
4 hours ago
J. D. replied to 2risewhenfallen's discussion Between Revolution and Apathy in the group The Great Debate
"If only political matters were unimportant enough to be ignored, and we could just go about our lives without the actions of the politicians impacting us in any real way.  But, that is a pipe dream.  What politicians and leaders do matters…"
4 hours ago
2risewhenfallen posted a discussion

Does the universe have powers?

The definition of universe of course is open to your interpretation; could be your god, the physical universe, or maybe just your immediate environment/sphere of influence. I'm 27 and nearly 2 years into my career. I'm not happy. In fact I think I'm starting to loose my mind. A windlowless basement, unreliable car, no friends, no relatives around, and no woman isn't helping. I'm in no less financial debt than I was before I took this job. I'm no healthier. I've been called dumb too many times…See More
6 hours ago
2risewhenfallen replied to 2risewhenfallen's discussion Between Revolution and Apathy in the group The Great Debate
"And the title was taken from a lyric from the band If Hope Dies. Hope that's not plagerism. That would suck for me. "
6 hours ago

© 2016   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service