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How to Earn Money from Photography? — Konema Mwenenge Photography
If you want to make a career out of nature, wildlife, or travel photography, do it for love. Do it for love. Do it for love.
Selling photographic prints is the most traditional way to earn money from photography, and what immediately comes to mind when one thinks of photography monetization. You can sell directly off your website and print them yourself, or you use a third-party printer such as Mpix or Aspen Creek Photo. In the digital age, selling prints is easier than ever. But unless you have lots of time to devote toward procurement and shipping, this can be quite tedious. However, sites like Photoshelter allow you to choose a vendor and have the entire procurement, printing, and shipping handled for you.
In addition to the above, you can sell physical prints at art fairs and shows, in gallery spaces, and as consignment works in places of business. These are time-consuming options, but if you have the time, it can be fun and rewarding as well.
There was a time when a photographer could make a decent living by selling stock photography through agencies. Sadly that's not been the case for at least 15 years or so. By "selling stock," you — the photographer — are essentially selling image rights. You own the original copyright to the photograph, but buyers could own specific rights for very particular uses. For example, a magazine editor could buy the publishing rights to an image for one issue and one exact size on a page. Based on the size of the image and the periodical's circulation, the editor and agency agrees on a price for that specific use. The agency keeps a percentage of the fee and the photographer is paid the remainder. Stock sales can still amount to a modest passive income stream for a photographer but not nearly what it used to be. Getty Images, Shutterstock, and Adobe Stock are just a few stock agency options.