Have you ever wondered how other photographers are doing a living? Maybe you heard that some have even made a fortune! You might be surprised in knowing, that most of them are working online at the comfort of their home or office. This is all true and possible in the digital era.
Digital photography has revolutionized the way we capture, process and market our photographs. It made it more reachable to a larger spectrum of photographers, both novice and amateurs. But what does it entail to start an online photographic business? Three simple words: equipment, knowledge and commitment.
Let us see together how you can achieve this in five easy steps.
Buy the Necessary Gear
To start off you need two essential equipments:
- An entry level DSLR camera
- A personal computer with ample storage space
Learn How to Shoot Marketable Photos
Study billboards, magazines, newsletters, brochures and any other forms of adverts.
- Observe what type of styles and compositions are the most in demand.
- Examine the type of audience these photos are trying to target.
Enhance Your Photos
Upload your photos onto your computer and enhance, or amend, the following by using a basic photo editing software.
- Composition (cropping)
- Defects (e.g. chromatic aberration)
Upload Your Photos Online
Research the internet for a reputable micro stock site. It is important that you read properly the terms and conditions of each and every site, since these differ from one another.
Upload your work onto your favorite site and key word it. Within a few days your work is online ready for sale, subject that you satisfy the basic requirements.
Read and Research
Visit your local library and find books related to micro stock photography, managing a business and marketing. Participate in online forums discussing topics related to photography, particularly selling photos online. Join a local photographic club so as to share and exchange knowledge with other members.
Take Action Now!
As with any other type of business, you need to invest time in structuring your photographic portfolio. This way you will be building your reputation and establishing yourself as a photographer with potential future clients.
To sum it all up, this is a great opportunity for every photo enthusiast to start making money online, be your own boss and work at your own leisure. In due time, you can turn photography from a simple hobby into a profitable enterprise.