28 Ways You Can Make Money with Your Photography Photos

Are you a new photographer or struggling to make a living with your career…? Here are 28 ways to help turn you around!

1. Take pictures at local events and sell them online

What parent doesn’t love pictures of their kids playing in t-ball games? Offer more than a cellphone snapshot, and you’ll likely have quite a few people wanting to buy your shots online. From games to fairs and festivals, there’s a lot of options, you’ll just need to do the groundwork. Upload your images to a website like Pixieset.com and they’ll take care of the printing and shipping for you.

2. Sell an eBook

Another way to share your photo-knowledge is to write and sell an eBook. Look to see what’s already out there before deciding on a subject. Platforms through Amazon and Barnes and Noble make it possible to get your title in popular online stores. How-to guides often do well, but you’re only limited by your imagination.

3. Sell a travel guide eBook

Not into the how-tos? If you’ve got a lot of photos of one location, from either your travels or because you live there, you can put together a travel guide to sell as an eBook. Include photographs of all the must-see locations along with a few travel tips.

4. Sell a printed coffee-table style book

Got the photos but can’t do a lot of writing? Sell a coffee-table style photo book featuring your own images. Blurb.com is an excellent platform for doing just that.

5. Sell prints

Selling online doesn’t mean just selling digital goods—you can sell prints too. You can create your own website or sell them through a service.

 6. Sell Stock Photos

Stock photography grew quickly within the internet age, and it’s still a viable way to earn a little spending money. (After all, photography tends to be an expensive hobby). Stock photos are used by advertising agencies, websites, bloggers, publications and more. You can sell stock photos of pretty much any genre —to really gain some ground, try to shoot photos on subjects that aren’t yet well covered.

7. Sell photojournalism prints to news publications

If you’re in the right place at the right time, your image could be worth quite a bit for the right publication. Location or newsworthy events often determine what publications might be interested in the shot.

8. Edit photos

No, it’s not taking photos, but chances are if you’re good at photography you’ve also accumulated some Photoshop skills. Search job boards for people looking for some photo editing, or reach out to publications.

9. Sell your photo on a greeting card

Toss in a touching bit of prose or a joke, and your images could make excellent greeting cards. You can pitch card companies, or create and sell them yourself on places like Etsy.

10. Build a following on social media

This option works well mixed with other ideas, to promote an eBook, for example. But that’s not always the case. Popular Instagrammers are often paid to take pictures of a product and share it with their followers.

11. Sell fine art prints

If your photos are wall-worthy, sell them as fine art prints on your own website. Building your own website may be a bit more work, but may also pay off more in the long run.

12. Work as a photography tutor

Work one-on-one with new photographers as an online tutor teaching the basics and critiquing their shots. You can work for a tutoring company or create your own website. You can also tutor locally and find leads online.

13. Write how-to photography articles

Knowledge is power—err, cash. Publications from websites to magazines often pay for a good how-to article, so it’s another good avenue for sharing your photography know-how.

14. Start a photography blog

If you’re as good with words as you are with the camera, combine the two and create a blog. You can earn money through advertising, but you can also generate additional hype for another income avenue like an eBook.

15. Share affiliate links

If you do build a photography blog or popular social media page, sign up for your favorite photography stores affiliate program. When you share a link to recommend a particular item, you’ll receive a small percentage. Amazon has a popular affiliate program.

16. Take product photography photos

The growth of the internet means a growing number of online stores, and those stores need good images of their products. Pitch websites that operate locally, or work with a company willing to ship products to you.

17. Join online job boards

Photography-related jobs are sometimes posted on job boards like Upwork and Freelancer. Join and keep an eye on the opportunities. Some positions are local, though there’s often some that can be done from anywhere on the globe.

18. Generate potential job leads with Flickr and 500px

By building a big following on photo sharing websites, many photographers have generated paid leads. Sure, you won’t earn money simply by uploading to Flickr, but you could begin building a following that will later lead to paid work.

19. Sell photos to magazines

Magazines need a variety of different high-quality photos. Search for different publications to pitch to online. Take a look at the magazine first to get an idea of the type of images they publish.

20. Sell canvas and other wall art on Etsy

Photography is an art—so why not sell on the arts and crafts focused platform, Etsy? It’s a popular option for wall art, but you could sell anything you can create with your images here, including greeting cards.

21. Snap photos for local businesses websites

Photos speak volumes—and so do bad photos. Drop off business cards at local businesses and let them know you’ll snap magazine-worthy shots for their website.

22. Create and sell a calendar

Sell a calendar featuring your images, either through an established company, or by creating your own. If you create your own, choose a theme for the calendar, like a location or type of image.

23. Offer consultation and image critiques

New photographers may be able to tell that their images aren’t the best, but aren’t sure exactly why. Offer to review photos with tips for improvement for a small fee.

24. Sell images on eBay

Don’t forget one of the most popular online marketplaces—you can auction your images on eBay too. Prints, canvases—again, there are a lot of options here.

25. Sell fine art shots on online galleries

It can be hard to sell fine art prints without a following. Online galleries can help introduce people to your work, and do the selling work for you too. Some of the popular options are Fine art America and Image Kind.

26. Create t-shirts and other products with your images

You’re not limited to just selling prints and canvas. Put your shot on a T-shirt, a coffee mug or a postcard. Companies like Zazzle (www. Zazzle.com) and Cafe Press are popular options.

27. Sell images from your own website

Keep more of the profit for yourself and sell your photos from your own website. Platforms like Photocrati and Photoshelter are popular options.

28. Bid on local work

Even if you’d like to work locally in a more traditional photography career path, you can use the internet to find new work. Sites like Thumbtack (www.thumbtack.com) allow photographers to bid on work for a small fee.

Photography is creative—so why not be creative with your income and pursue a non-traditional photography income online? While some options are only good for a bit of spending money, many photographers have made their entire careers through other online options. Now, get to work!

(For Photographers, Travelers & Art Bloggers)
Article Credits Go Respectably to Clipping Path Lab
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63 Comments
  1. salitude 3 years ago

    Thanks for all these great tips!

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  3. michael esplana 3 years ago

    Very helpful tips, thank you.

  4. Happy Azyxmom 3 years ago

    These are really good-to-know tips for every aspiring photographer, blogger, and entrepreneurs! ^_^ thanks.

  5. Kevin 3 years ago

    Good post! Thanks for all the tips…even this old dog learned something.

    • Kevin 3 years ago

      Thanks! It is the only place where my worthless advice blog makes sense!

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  8. goingearthstyle 3 years ago

    this is great! I’m currently trying to make an ebook about my Canada travel, it’s going to be 50/50, traveling and photography. It’s been 3 months since I’ve started it and I’ll take as long as necessary to put together a nice book, I just don’t know where to publish it though, I saw on internet Bookbaby but I prefer to publish it myself if possible still need to know how though 🙂 these are some great tips and I hope I can apply it in the long run, my blog is only 1 month old so plenty of time for me to research and develop 🙂

  9. sophieellis 3 years ago

    thank you for the tips!! am definitely looking into the travel eBook, would love to here more. shesnogood.com

  10. da wallpapers 3 years ago

    Beautiful and Useful tips..!!

  11. michaelgethers 3 years ago

    Just entering the blogging world, love these tips!

  12. lifeintheunknown 3 years ago

    Really helpful advice! Thanks! 🙂

  13. Iriz Chan 3 years ago

    As usual, I really love your post! 🙂

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  17. scubadiveworld 3 years ago

    thanks , I like to make my own perfect picture when I travel for work or fun , you have are very great blogger site

  18. HairapySessionz 3 years ago

    I had no idea there were so many different ways to build work as a freelance photographer. THANKS!!!

  19. thebeautydorkk 3 years ago

    Great advice!! I’ll be using these for sure, thanks 🙂

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  21. Hazel Gabidani Ngoako 3 years ago

    Great advise. I have a colleague who’s into photography. he’d really appreciate the tips

  22. fotosandi1 3 years ago

    Very good article if I could just get moving.

  23. monte 3 years ago

    Great sousce list and tips mate. Just market is so over saturated with images and it is not so easy to sell them,- hard true.

  24. lucy 3 years ago

    I actually read the report and it was very informative

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  26. Tanner Power 3 years ago

    Great tips, very informative i will get good use from this.

  27. agrandaiz 3 years ago

    Great tips. I want to try them myself

  28. thegirlwiththecamera 3 years ago

    When I first started photography, I thought about its financial aspects. Now that I’ve fallen in love with the art, I’ve forgotten about how I could benefit from it financially. This was a great refresher!

  29. sylviachika 3 years ago

    Great advice! Just shared your post with my friends. Great job!

  30. gaystepdad 3 years ago

    Excellent advise- thank you

  31. Joan Howley 3 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas, some of these I would not have thought of

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  34. Nora 3 years ago

    Great tips!! This is where I am.. how do I get my work out there and get noticed!

  35. Evangelina07 3 years ago

    I am not looking to make money, but I am combining my photo skills with a travel blog. Makes me happy and from the feedback I got so far, makes others happy too.

  36. Rebel Optics 3 years ago

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  41. Great Ideas, i need that to jump start my photo biz. thanks again

  42. MattWeil 2 years ago

    Hey! This was so good that I’m going to reblog this on my site – using your name. Unless you don’t want me too..

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  44. georgegijo 2 years ago

    I love Zazzle. I find it easy personalize products with our own photos and sell them.

  45. layersofheather 2 years ago

    Great advice! Thank you!

  46. rosyandjosy 2 years ago

    Thanks for these ideas. Unfortunately sometimes I am very dissatisfied with my pictures and I think that I have to learn so much more. But maybe one day I can need your ideas:)

  47. noramurphyblog 2 years ago

    great ideas, thank you

  48. Great tips!! Saving and sending to my brother. He’s an amazing photographer and graphic designer — he deserves to build his own business. I love it.

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  50. createandenjoy401 2 years ago

    Great ideas!

  51. laviedeemily 2 years ago

    Great tips! So helpful!

  52. Rajah Dah Bass 2 years ago

    interesting…

  53. lovelynena0095 2 years ago

    Wow amazing ideas ! I love photography !

  54. Uganda's Finest 2 years ago

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  55. Peter Adewumi 2 years ago

    thanks for this info!

  56. blindloveweb 2 years ago

    Very very helpful..grt post??

  57. Nice list. For more information on earning from stock photography, please check out my blog 🙂

  58. Nabeel Zubair 2 years ago

    Thankyou I recently got into photography and this was fairly helpful

  59. Prasenjeet Gautam 2 years ago

    donot start photography to sell. do photography that people wish to buy.

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