Today I talk about five ways to make money as a photographer. My name is Benjamin Jaworskyj photographer and adventurer. Ten years ago I started to teach myself photography today I travel the world as a professional photographer and filmmaker. Learn from my experiences, mistakes and tips and join me on my photography adventures. Making money as a photographer is a big thing for I would say like everybody who just photographs for bit longer like 1 year 2 year or anything and things about hmm my images are not too bad maybe I can make some money out of this.
So today I will talk about the five ways that I can definitely recommend to make money with. There are some advantages and disadvantages with each of them, none of them is easy so making money is not always an easy thing and or never I would actually say and maybe you have some more than just write it in the comments below. All the things I tell you about I did myself and I will talk about this as well in the different tips. So number one is stock photography or micro stock photography. That’s the thing maybe you heard about so there are like websites you upload your images to and other agencies newspapers persons or just private persons photographers and stuff like that for their composing or whatever they need for websites web designer they go on the website and they buy your images the disadvantage with this is it’s not made for like making huge amounts of money with one image that’s why it’s called micro stock you make like a lot of sales but it’s working good and you get a small amount for each sale but in the end because of a lot of sales and because it’s international you can make some bucks out of this.
I tried it myself seven years ago I uploaded like 100 images there a different topics I just tested myself and I made after one year around a hundred euro so it’s not that much I don’t know how it is today I will test again and there are totally different websites like Fotolia, Adobestock they belong I think now together and Shutterstock, gettiy images, iStockphoto and they have all complete different deals and different things that they offer so you should definitely check the terms of conditions and think about if it’s the right thing for you but it may be a good thing for just images that you think they’re great and they are just laying around on my external drive so why not upload them tag them, that takes some time and then just maybe sell them so give it a try .
Number two is the whole event market thing so you can go on events or maybe you’ve been to an event and there’s a photographer taking photos of the event and after that on a website there are the images you can download the image and just be happy with that share it with your friends and say oh look at this how drunk we we’re so that’s the thing I did as well and I did not get much money out of this it was maybe nine years ago it was just when I quit school and just made some money out of everything you know how it is when you just go out of school and you may.
I was into partying and I like the club thing and everything here in Berlin and as an event photographer there you make between 15 euro per evening till 50 euro per evening and you made like 400 images and have to edit all the images and deliver it the next day because it has to be online the next day. No matter how drunk you were you don’t have to be but you can be but you don’t have to be when you’re photographing yeah next day Sunday it has to be online.
So that’s your job and it was not a lot of money and there are definitely I would think professional photographers out there that make good money out of event photography and there’s always a market it’s always a party and people like to see the images afterwards so give it a try as well maybe it in your city or village when it’s like a ban somebody’s like… Number three wedding photography and a lot of people think about wedding photography that’s why there are quite many wedding photographers out there but the good news is wedding photography is a very special thing I did it myself I did it twice and it was more like I did it for friends or friends and it was more about I go to the party anyway into the wedding so I take photos as well and give it to them afterwards and all we’re happy but it’s not my type or my personal type of photography and not what I like to do every day.
But weddings are a thing you only marry hopefully once in your life so people are willing to spend an amount of that to get nice photos out of that moment even with all video footage now and all the stuff they don’t just want photos today they want a whole video they they even want a whole Facebook page for their wedding and all the stuff. And so yeah there’s a market you can make good money out of this it depends on I would say realistically from 300 up to 5,000 euro per evening per per day and I think there are even more you can even get more but you can as well get less as always. It always depends on how good of a salesperson you are actually and that’s what professional photography I would say is all about delivering and sailing. Sailing? Selling, dumb German. Number four real estate and people are always buying houses selling houses want to rent a flat especially in a city like Berlin big city a lot of people want to come a lot of people want to leave and real estate market is huge and the better the images from the real estate agent or agency are the better itself and the more people are interested in an object and the higher the quality of the whole thing is rated so when you’re a good photographer and when you are into like interior even exterior like to just even if you’re into landscaping it’s kind of similar with the right light and everything to to just photograph it.
Team together with the real-estate agent and you can both benefit from that being together thing not in a sexual way okay you can but you don’t have to it’s all about sailing and you know. And the last thing is social media and it’s a quite new thing for a lot of people, for a lot of people it’s as well just usual they are on social media and you can make money as a photographer out of social media how does it work well actually it’s all about the following so the more people are interested in your photography in your work the better you can market over social media. Let’s say as a wedding photographer you put out great wedding photos every day and there is a guy who’s following you and he gets married and then he says oh I see all the nice images on Instagram I want to have this photographer as a wedding photographer and he only knows you from social media so maybe he’s not even in your country but from somewhere else and he hires you because he doesn’t give a shit about money and he just wants you to be the photographer and even maybe just wants to be featured on your Instagram or your Facebook page as well so this is a huge market and that is only one side of the whole social media thing as well with a huge following you can not only reach the persons personally but you can reach out to brands and brands pay you for an advertisement so you not only take a great shot like for example a car brand you take a car brand and the agency says well we have a client and you have to take nice photos of the new whatever car is out there and you not only take the images but they pay you that you post it on your Instagram that many people not only see the image but are interested in the brand as well so it’s a huge advertisement world out there and if you are not an Instagram you’re totally missing something out.
Facebook is cool but Facebook is out right now Instagram is the hot shit and when you’r not on Instagram you definitely missing an opportunity not only to reach people not only to inspire people but as well to make money. Those are five ways to make money as a photographer I hoped you liked the video and write me your thoughts what I just talked about in the comments below I think a lot of people have something to say right now. I’m looking forward for that and check out quick commercial learnfromben.com this is my website you can find all about landscape photography in my landscape photography video cause we filmed it in the beautiful landscape of Norway I have an easy Lightroom learning course and another course about editing landscape photos with luminosity marks, the power of raw and all the great stuff so check out learnfromben.com And in professional photography it’s all about checking out who needs the image and why or what do they need it for.
When you have those two things you can make money out of photography in like every genre. I wish you all the best au revoir, a bient?t see you soon and I give a shout out for the people wondering why I talk French in this video I’m not from France but I give a shout out to all the different countries in each video that are watching my videos today it was France what country are you from write it in the comments below and write what does hello and goodbye mean so I can maybe pick it up for the next video.