It is possible for you, as a photographer, to earn some good money selling the photos you take. This means that you don’t have to rely on photography contracts, to earn a living as a photographer. You can take photos of subjects you find interesting (on your own motion, without being contracted to do so by anybody), and proceed to sell the photos you get. This is one of the ways in which you can have lots of fun as a photographer, and still get to earn a bit of money while at it. In terms of fun, it is certainly better than contracted photography. That is because, in this case, you only take photos of stuff that truly fascinates you. On the other hand, if you are a contracted photographer, you are often required to take photos of subjects you have absolutely no interest in. In the process, you can experience extreme boredom. You may even find yourself wishing that you were somewhere else, doing something else – especially when you remember that you had just activated your FXNetworks subscription (at activate.fxnetworks.com).
Now having taken the photos of the subjects that fascinate you, some of the ways in which you can sell them would include:
- By establishing your own web-based gallery, and selling the photos through the gallery
- By using one of the existing web-based photo galleries (owned by other individuals)
- By establishing your own brick and mortar gallery and displaying/selling your photos there
- By using one of the existing brick and mortar galleries to display/sell your photos
- By networking with local newspaper and magazine publishers, and trying to get them to buy your photos (especially if you have photos ‘that tell stories’)
If you have enough capital, it makes a lot of sense to establish your own photo gallery. But if you don’t have much cash, you can opt to use the existing galleries. The owners of the galleries would then pay you when people buy the photos you took.