7 Ways To Make Money Off Of Your Photography Skills

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Just because we all have a camera these dayserr more like camera-equipped cell phonesdoesn’t necessarily mean we’re all photographers. But if you’ve invested in some quality camera equipment or you could teach people a thing or two about how to rely on good lighting rather than those flattering Instagram filters, you could be earning some extra cash.

Whether you’re a professional photographer who is in the slow season between holiday photo shoots and the wedding season, or you’re a hobbyist who has some classes and experience under your belt, here are seven ways you can earn some extra money.

1. Sell your prints to be used on home goods and T-shirts

Think outside of the frame a little bit on this one! Your photo could be used to decorate a duvet cover or a shower curtain. Companies like Deny Designs partner with artists to print art on everything from jewelry boxes to clocks to tapestries. Or open up an artist shop and have your designs featured on T-shirts, hoodies, beach towels, notebooks and more at Threadless.


2. Sell your prints

This tip does require a little extra legwork from having to print and ship your photos. But you could open up a shop on Etsy or get a booth at a local art fair to sell your prints. Another idea? Check in with a local restaurant or shop to see if they’ll display your prints for sale and offer them a commission of each transaction.


3. Teach a photography class

Check in with your local community college to see if they are in need of any photography instructors. Or if you don’t want to commit to an entire semester of teaching, drop in to your local community centers. Many cities will offer photography classes that last a day or a month.

You could also consider posting a class to an online learning platform like Skillshare, which pays you for every student who “takes” your class.


4. Reach out to real estate agencies and apartment complexes

Dare we challenge the “location, location, location” mantra by saying that photos showcasing real estate listings are super-important, too? With sites like Zillow, Redfin and Craigslist, it’s important to put quality photos online to help interest potential buyers and renters. You can reach out to local real estate agencies or rental companies to see if they’d like to hire you to shoot some property photos.


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Brittany Anas

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