Do you like taking pictures? This is how you can make money
By Oyinlola Pelumi Adewale
Earn money is like number one on almost everyone’s list in Nigeria or probably in the world today. There are different ways to make money online or offline and if you verify through google photography will be on the list. Photography, as everyone knows, inspires, entertains, tells, communicates and entertains. There is a saying that goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and in order for you to get the picture that tells so much of a story, then there has to be a practice called photography.
Photography is a creative outlet and making an income from it is fantastic. Photography has also evolved so much today, so it is important that we think about certain things if we want to make a living from it. As someone looking to get into photography for monetary reasons, it is advisable to note that there are several types of photography. You have landscape photography, wildlife photography, aerial photography, sports / action photography, portrait photography, architectural photography, wedding photography / event photography, fashion photography and others . Samson Ezeamaka Benson, CEO of Suave Pixels, a photography agency located in Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, explained the different ways to make money from photography. He said: “People should note that photography is not just about taking pictures. It’s about creativity with your background, light, style, patterns, etc.
There are several ways to make money to get started in photography. Here are some steps to take if you want to make money from photography.
One: create a blog or YouTube channel
A good way to start making money in photography is to start your own photography blog. As a blogger or vlogger, you can create tutorials, share tips, or give a credible description of the types of photography out there and how or why a person should venture into them.
However, you cannot give comments or details if you do not understand the concept of the photograph. So you should take your time to go through the different types of photography, how they work, their pros and cons and also share the details on your blog or YouTube channel. It’s important to note that your blog or YouTube channel needs to gain a good number of audiences that visit or follow before you can actually start making any money from it. You should also look for referrals as bloggers / vloggers make money from ads and sponsored content. In general, starting a photography blog is a great way to showcase your photos.
Two: Advertise your content on social media:
There are various social media platforms where you can advertise your content and yourself as a photographer. Of all the platforms, Instagram appears to be the most powerful engine for photographic advertising. You can easily post images for your page and also provide images to businesses you want to sell to. This social media platform seems to be the biggest inspiration for good photography, so it’s the best place to sell the images you post on your page. After you have gained enough followers, you can start thinking about making money with your Instagram account.
Three: Become a freelance photojournalist
Becoming a freelance journalist means taking photos occasionally for press houses. It’s definitely not a stable job – that’s why it’s called freelance, but then it’s a great way to make money. Freelance photojournalism is a great place to find your first clients and gradually grow them into permanent clients. You can work freelance in product photography, modeling photography, dish presentation, creating collections from wedding photos, and more. Becoming a freelance photojournalist is a great and very easy way to test your skills to see if there is a demand for your services. It is also a good way to develop your brand. Once you get noticed and have developed contacts, you can apply for a full time job and also start submitting your work permanently.
Four: Do photo shoots
You must have a studio to be able to do photo shoots. But then, some clients may prefer to shoot outdoors or outdoors, so even if you don’t have a studio yet, there are plenty of opportunities for you. For outdoor services, in case there isn’t a studio available, all you need to do is build a solid portfolio by building your own website, letting people know about your brand, sharing your work on social networks, especially Instagram, and by advertising your services.
Five: Sell items with your photos
Sell items such as clothes, murals, photo albums, pillows, bags, mugs, and other keepsakes that look great with your photos on them. You can easily sell your brand and photographs online or offline. Online, you can create a business page for your product or brand, invite your contacts to like it, and ask them to share your brand’s link. Selling items with your photos is a fun, stress-free way to make money and it’s also a safe way to review and see if your products are in demand before you invest heavily in your business. A person’s load range can vary from 200,000 N to 1 million N or more depending on the type of photograph they are venturing into. In Nigeria it is advisable to specialize in photography which sells like weddings, funerals, advertisements, mannequins and portraits. And to determine your price range, you need to check the cost of anything that will be used from start to finish of production. You must also include your range of services, which must be up to your level as a photographer, ”he advised. Ajayi Oluwaseun DMD is a digital influencer, photographer and journalist. He added some advice.
Six: Get Into Freelance Still Life Photography:
As a photographer looking to make money, it is advisable to engage in freelance still life photography. Still life photography is demanding work; it is one in which the photographer is supposed to be able to hone his sense of lighting coupled with additional skills. When you get into still life photography, you can sell to art galleries, museums, shows, and even photography companies. Still life photography is a type of dynamic photography that interests everyone in different ways. The example can be an image of two different colors (deep blue and sky blue, for example) of water where they meet to represent nature, or an African woman breastfeeding a baby to represent culture. Everyone knows that a picture like this will be fascinating. These types of photography are one of the best ways to make money from photography.
Seven: Take pictures of stories
Illustrated story pictures are pictures that tell a story about an event or a moment. It is a way for a photographer to tell a story with a series of photographs. The photo report image is different from a normal photo we take. Unlike our usual photos, the photographer presents series of photos on an event to communicate what happened. Images like this can be sold to print media, TV or radio stations, bloggers, vloggers, etc. because they tell stories.
Eight: invest in cinema
Motion pictures are taken when a person or object is moving. It has similarities with GIFs. If you are getting into motion pictures you should be professional about it because you are taking the photos as it is right now. This type of photography requires a lot of skill and vigilance because you can easily miss your chance to take a really good photo. Photographers who get into the cinema tend to charge more because it is very different from your usual types of photography. Motion pictures are known to communicate moods, feelings, gestures, etc. They come very quickly, and that makes them very trying.