Do you have a passion for photography, but keep your creations hidden away deep in your computer hard drive? Why not show them off and maybe make some money from them, too. Your Canon digital SLR camera wasn’t made for snapshots, after all, and maybe even some of those pictures you took with your cellphone are worth something to someone.
Most professional photographers started out as amateurs. They got the bug, scraped together enough money to buy a decent camera and perhaps even enrolled in art school and came out of it with a degree.
You may think that you have to give up everything else in order to make money from photography. Sure, if you want it to be your main source of income, you will have to devote all your waking time to it, just like professional photographers do. That’s what makes them professionals, after all.
You don’t have to be a professional to make some money on the side, though. There’s a hunger for unique photographs and people are willing to pay for them. Even an unlikely snapshot, like the time you caught a couple of kids using their mother’s kitchenaid hand mixer to mix up a batch of mud cookie dough. You took a quick shot before you brought their activities to their mother’s attention.
There is not another photograph in the world quite like that. What kind of price tag do you put on it? It’s up to you, but you can offer the reprint rights or sell the photograph outright through a website that offers content to publishers and advertisers. Maybe the Canon SLR camera company would want to use it in an advertising campaign or the Kitchenaid company would want to buy it for their product promotion.
Good travel photos are always in demand, as well. They most often sell best if they come with a well-written, informative article attached. Travel magazines always need fresh content and they are willing to pay for it.
If you successfully sell an article and photos, you’ll be surprised by how much you can make. It could even pay you back for the cost of your trip.
Everybody’s looking for ways to make a little extra money these days. You just may have a great source of extra cash right there in your collection of digital photographs. There’s nothing to lose, so have a little faith in yourself and give it a try.