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.

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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.

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


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