Make Money as a Photographer

Andrea Gingerich started out as a world-traveling biologist. But she had much more fun taking photos of turtles in Belize…and snaps of insects in Costa Rica. Better yet—these are photos she can sell. In fact, Andrea spent most of last year traveling and living off of the royalties from her photos.

Another IL contributor—Danny Warren—took a single photo when he was in Peru and sold it more than 600 times.

It’s a job everyone wants. Yet making that transition—from unexperienced amateur to photo-selling traveler—can be easier than you think.

Holger Mette used to be a lawyer. Then he ditched the suit and tie and started doing what he was truly passionate about. Now he travels wherever and whenever he chooses…paying for it all using the simple photography skills that he leaned “as he snapped.”

And back before Dave Morgan called himself a photographer, he was just a backpacker looking to see the world. Yet when he traveled to Asia, he took pictures of the native people, monuments, and scenery, and made over $6,000 from the pictures he took.

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living right now. The point is that you could make money selling your photos—from anywhere you choose to live.

Vera Kerr, a nurse in her “other life,” launched her photography career by taking shots right near her home and printing them on postcards. She dropped them off at a local café, and soon after, a very pleased owner called to say they’d sold out…and needed more.

Francis Caldwell loves to travel, and he turns his road trips into pay checks by selling the photos he snaps along the way. Sometimes he whips up a few useful pointers for fellow travelers and bundles that text with his photos.

And with the introduction of microstock agencies (small online stock photography warehouses where beginners can upload photos in exchange for giving up a percentage of their sale), it no longer matters how much experience you have so long as you can take a good picture.

Sure, you need to know the basics behind what makes a good photograph. But with the digital cameras available today at relatively low cost, it’s something you can easily learn at home in your spare time.

The real trick comes in translating those good pictures into cash.

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