How often have you wished to quit your job on the grumpy face of your boss? Have you ever dreamed of leaving everything behind and step outside to travel around the world, but could not do it because you never were quite sure? Do time and budget hold you back from becoming a traveler forever? Perhaps you’re seeking for answers to any of these questions as you’ve come here and reading this!! Let us not disappoint you. Let’s learn some quick suggestions on how to earn money from travel photography. Let’s get started!!
Things You Need To Become a Travel Photographer
A passionate mind and a photographer’s eye– Anyone can become a photographer, but very few or none of them can become a regular paid photographer. Exceptions won’t be taken here as examples. It is up to you to discover whether you’ve latent photography talent in you. Otherwise, don’t risk to take, it a steady income source.
Gears– Needless to say, although good photographs primarily depend on framing and subject/ theme sense, without quality nothing will be in favor. Make sure you’ve an adequate budget to collect the stuffs.
Time and Determination– You can buy some time only if you have made up your mind. Unless you’re completely sure, you can’t expect to continue your photography journey for too long. Prioritize your things and allocate time therefore.
Three Basic Types of Travel Photography
Landscape, Towns, Cities, and Streets– The most common type of photography. Travelling to different countries always comes with hundreds of pictures. Take your time and try to see the streets, colors, lighting, walkways, narrow lanes, shops nearby etc. Yes, there will be hundreds and thousands pictures of the same subjects before you and after your pictures as well. Still, your captures will preserve your essence, your feelings, and your thoughts of that particular moment. Don’t capture the landscape, try to capture the moment of the landscape.
People, Portrait, Culture– Faces are precious. Add some colors into it or capture it in black and white, portraits always speak to you. Behind each portrait, there’s a story of that particular culture, time, and experience.
Wildlife and Nature– This is a bit tough since your subjects won’t listen to your photo instructions. You’ve to take some candid photographs of wildlife. Since you have to push yourself harder and further, at the end of the day, the pay will be able to satisfy and motivate you for the next trip.
Where to Get the Money From
Blog– Your photography blog can be a great source of earning if the photographs and contents are intriguing enough. Regular posts, photo discussion, information sharing can increase the returning traffic for you. Add some affiliate link of the products you are using, find some ‘must click’ ads from Google AdWords, and try to look for some private clients who are interested to post their products and service ads on your blog.
Exhibition– If you’re confident enough and have a collection of quality photographs that have acclaimed by people around you, you can take the next leap to arrange an exhibition to try your selling luck. Don’t expect that you’ll be sold out, but if your photography live up to the standard, surely some selling will earn you bucks after all the expenditures. Even if your pictures don’t sale, still you’re gaining a profit. You’ve invested your money that is giving you a public exposure, which can benefit you in future. One quick suggestion- try to choose a single theme rather displaying random pictures, for example- black and white portraits or festivals. This looks more mature and professional.
Calendar Design Company– Nature, ports and city landscapes, ocean, mountains, festivals etc. have huge demand as calendar photos. If things go all right, you can earn a lot from selling your photos for calendars.
Agencies– Many agencies collect photos and redistribute or resell them to other companies, ad agencies, private clients, newspapers etc. You can contact them or send them your portfolio directly.
Individual client/Company– There are many companies that hire professional photographers with specific objectives. They will pay you for their desired photographs. Most likely they will give you a set of instructions on how they want you to see and capture photos for them. The pay is good and there’s always a chance to negotiate. If you’re lucky enough, some companies will pay for your trip too!!
Magazine/Newspaper– Magazine and newspapers often need photographs. They take most of their photos from photojournalists. Since travel photos do not actually come under it, the option is limited here, but still adequate enough to earn you some extra bucks.
Photo Stocks– There are many photo stock websites online where you can post your photos for sale. No-one can steal your photographs and the pay is good too. Shutterstock and istockphoto are two popular websites among others, that will pay you for your images.
Your travel photographs can connect the world if they are done right. Plus, they can be a regular and steady flow of income. To earn money, you need quality photographs, and to capture quality photographs, you need to consider some basic things about photography. One of the most important things you can’t ignore is color. This digital era has seen the revolution of color correction and improvisation of photographs by editing. Editing always polishes your captures until you overdo it. For that you need professionals. You can’t imagine how spending a few bucks, correction, how investing a few bucks can return to you as hundreds or thousands as income.
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