Creative ways to make money as a photographer


posted Monday, November 30, 2015 at 10:19 PM EDT


Portrait, commercial, and event photographer Olly Stabler has written an article for Digital Photography School, 8 Creative Ways to Make Money with Your Photography. Stabler has great tips on how to branch out and increase your sources of revenue as a photographer.

Stabler's first tip is to shoot microstock. Sites such as Shutterstock and iStock Photo allow you to upload your images and earn extra money as people use your images. If you're a commercial photographer, he says that microstock could work well for you as commercial images are the ones that most often sell.

Another way to earn money with your photography is to become a second shooter. Ultimately, what Stabler is getting at in this section is that it's important to network with other photographers. There will be more opportunities made available to you if you branch out and network more effectively. Being a second shooter at an event is a great way to meet and interact with another photographer and provides valuable experience.


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If you want to make money through your portrait photography, hold a portrait party. Invite friends and colleagues over and take free portraits of them in a casual portrait session. Offer to give them free prints to hang up and ask them to refer you to their friends. This is a great way to get your name out there and by giving away prints, they will be able to showcase your work.


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For those of you who like to go out, photograph at nightclubs. Not only can you have a good time, but you will be able to build valuable photographic skills. Nightclubs provide you ample opportunity to familiarize yourself with how to effectively use flash. Further, you'll be forced to interact with a lot of people, so it is an effective way to build your confidence as a photographer.

To read the rest of Stabler's creative ways for you to make money as a photographer, be sure to read the full article

To see more of his work, check out Stabler's website and Instagram.

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