If you're like most of us that love photography, the idea of getting paid to take photos is a dream. The question for many of us is whether it's just a dream, or a realistic goal. Let's face it; the competition in the photo industry is fiercer than ever in today's market. Here's the good news: there are more great ways to sell your photos or your photographic services than ever before, too.
The digital revolution has affected much more than cameras in the world of photography. Photographers literally have amazing marketing tools and sales platforms at their fingertips. The key is to find the tools that work best for your lifestyle and photographic interests. Travel photographers, for instance, can choose from any of dozens of outlets, from stock agencies to travel agencies and online galleries. If you're setting up shop as a portrait photographer, you'll probably have better results with an online portfolio and there are hundreds of hosting services that make the process simple.
The point is, there's really no reason for a good photographer to think that making money with photography isn't a real possibility. It's easier now than ever and new ideas are being implemented every day. Not only can you offer your services and photos to a world-wide market, you can have them printed and framed for you and even offer items like cell phone covers, coffee mugs and a whole host of other photo products created from your images for you by professional services. Some platforms will even help you market your images by posting to the social networks for you when you upload something new.
All of the methods listed above are time-tested, proven ways to generate some income with your photos. Better yet, there's another way that requires less time and effort. It was only recently launched and it's taking the market by storm.
You've probably already heard about KeepSnap, the enterprise that lets you and your camera fill the needs of people who want photos of themselves having fun all over the world. From events to vacations, the possibilities are endless and the process is simple and fun. You snap the photos, give them your card and go home and upload the shots. The subjects use your card to preview the work, select the images that they want and purchase them.
They've also added a searchable directory of photographers available all over the world, so customers can now come to you. Whether you shoot weddings, events, portraits, pets, or just about anything, customers can search for photographers in their area or the one where they currently are and find you. All you have to do is sign up.
If you're looking for a simple way to make the transition from amateur to paid photographer, I think this is the one you should check out first. If you haven't yet visited KeepSnap, you owe it to yourself to check it out. If you've already been there, go take a look and see what they've added.