Ah, photography! It is unlikely that you will find another activity that can earn so much money by doing almost nothing. Don’t believe? Then read our translation of Andy Hutchinson’s article on how to make a living as a third rate landscape photographer.
Disclaimer: Nothing in this article constitutes financial advice and is for entertainment purposes only.
Did you miss the first wave of Instagram popularity and start your YouTube channel too late, while your Facebook page’s gradually dwindling audience is concentrated exclusively in Murmansk?
However, you think your landscape shots are as good (or even better) than the work of all these famous photographers, and you just want your piece of the pie. How can you turn your landscape photography skills into real money?
There is good and bad news. The good news is that landscape photography can make money, the bad news is that there are some major hurdles to overcome. Here is my guide to maximizing your income.
It’s simple enough. Everyone is looking for a way to get a winning shot at a minimal cost, turning an ordinary photo into a real work of art. Lightroom presets will never do this (they barely make sense at all), but your potential clients don’t know that!
So watch your hands. Download someone else’s set of landscape photography presets and tweak them a bit. Now give them pretentious names (eg “Warships ablaze in Orion’s Belt”), export and make your own set. Before you put it all on Shopify, don’t forget to give the kit itself an ambitious pathetic name, such as “Autumn Monologue”.
Add a couple of your shots, from those that are better than the rest (they may not have anything to do with presets), and wait for the profit. Just sit back and watch all these useless photographers line up and yell “Shut up and take my money!”
Of course, you would prefer to take photos for your personal exhibition, but you have to pay the rent, right? This step towards financial independence is famous among photographers. You offer training to people who don’t know anything about photography, and earn your dirty money from it. Everything is very simple.
Just promote your services on social media — offer half-day or full-day on location courses where photo noobs can learn all the secret skills like light, composition, rule of thirds, tripods and ” how to capture the serenity of nature in all its glory.
To give the impression that your courses are very popular, be sure to periodically post on social media. networks posts in the style of “I accidentally got a place for an intensive next weekend, hurry up before it is booked.”
This is practically the only way to make real money from landscape photography. The photo calendar is the most important tool in our arsenal of bad money-making tips for the third-rate landscape painter, a guaranteed annual profit and a rare ray of light in this dark realm.
Just try to find 14 worthy snaps out of the tens of thousands you’ve taken over the past year and paste them into Snapfish’s calendar template. Give it a suitable, highly artistic name, such as “Magnificent Landscapes of the Artichoke Peninsula”, and the job is done.
Don’t forget to put your calendar up for sale by July, because selling it in December is absolutely useless — your potential customers will still spend their money on competitors’ calendars.
Sometimes people will write to you on Facebook, admiring your photos and begging for a print of a particular shot. You enthusiastically run to get the price at the printer, write it to the impatient buyer, and after that he will disappear forever. This is because no one wants to pay more than a couple of thousand rubles for a two-meter canvas framed in solid oak, including shipping. And if your price exceeds this amount, the potential client will simply go and buy a no-name palm leaf print at the local DIY supermarket.
So, if you want to make money from prints, you need to forget about the fact that you are selling “works of art” forever. Print the print on your home printer, paste it into a simple white frame for a hundred from the same DIY store and set the lowest price, five hundred rubles or so.
How to get the least benefit with the most effort? Of course, upload your pictures to stock services. All you have to do is upload your photo, spend an hour carefully selecting the right keywords, then add a title, category, location, description, and model release, and you’re done.
Now just repeat this process a few thousand times so that a few of the photos pass the moderator’s check. Given that you’ll be getting around $0.75 per license, it’s important to try to include as many photos as possible. If you put in enough effort, in a year you can earn yourself a cup of cappuccino.
This is one of the most promising ways to make money on our list. As with most areas of the photography industry, corporate resellers will make more money than you, but that shouldn’t stop you from this truly lucrative pursuit.
Simply register on an agency site like Pixsy or Copytrack and add your photos to their database. They will scour the Internet for resources that have used your photo, and when they find the intruder, they will immediately warn you about it. Then all you need to do is to give the agency the go-ahead, and they will charge the violator and seek financial compensation from him.
Unfortunately, most copyright infringement cases happen in China and no agency will try to get compensation from a Chinese company as they have complete freedom to steal whatever they want, steal from anyone and use it in any way they want. deem necessary. In addition, copyrights do not apply to images that you have ever uploaded to the stock service. However, you will still find a few unlucky fools who think that everything posted on the net is free, and you can sue them for what they are worth, or rather, how much your pictures are worth.
If the success of famous photographers on YouTube proves anything, it’s that agonizing discomfort in front of the camera is not a barrier to financial freedom at all. If you’re willing to film yourself taking pictures and then spend an entire day editing the video and then uploading it to YouTube, you might be able to attract some audience. Take a few years to get over a hundred subscribers and one day Google will consider you worthy of advertising on your channel. Then just sit back and wait for the $10-$15 monthly payments to pay off all those endless hours, days and weeks of effort.
This is a real photographer’s dream, expressed in one word… Patreon. Oh how we love you Patreon. If enough people feel sorry for you enough to be willing to spend a few dollars, it’s possible that you can eat at a cafe once a month with your donors’ money. Unfortunately, there is about the same chance that no one will spend those dollars, and you will end up like that dirty guitarist who strums at the nearest mall with a couple of coins and a torn button in his donation hat.
It’s pretty hard to become a true influencer these days. If you are not a spectacular young beauty, type in the social. networks have so many subscribers that advertisers consider you a worthy option for cooperation — a real problem. But don’t despair!
There are “micro-influencers” these days. Micro-influencers are people who gained from 1,000 to 50,000 subscribers through blood and sweat. That’s right — with just 1,000 followers on Instagram or 2,000 followers on YouTube, you are officially classified as a micro-influencer. This does not mean that you will be invited to stay in a five-star hotel in the Caribbean or will be given free business class seats at some festival. However, you can get a new set of ND filters or a cheap Chinese knockoff Fitbit smartwatch. Who doesn’t love cheap Chinese knockoffs?
We’ve all seen them — that little list of blue links in the description of a YouTube video, or the bulleted lists in the “My Equipment” section of a photographer’s website. These are Amazon affiliate links and if someone clicks on that link and then buys something, you get a percentage! This is practically free money — only a madman would refuse this!
For every successful sale at the behest of Jeff Bezos, you’ll earn an amazing 4% off the price after taxes and deductions. So if someone buys a camera for 2000 bucks within 24 hours of clicking on your link, you get your 80 bucks. Not bad, huh? So quickly get yourself an account and shove a bunch of links to very expensive equipment that you “recommend”. Just don’t post this list on the “About me” page on your site, because no one but your mom has ever read it — it is advisable to attach links somewhere where you will have a lot of views.
Maybe write to a young bikini influencer, do a travel photoshoot in a scenic location, and link to all the equipment that made those photos possible with links to your affiliate Amazon account. Easy Money.
The key to making money blogging is to lie through your teeth. People don’t want to hear the truth, they want to hear their own unfulfilled dreams. Articles that do well on photoblogs tend to say that you can make a living from landscape photography. So say something like, “How I make $200,000 a year with landscape photography” or “How I make $50,000 with calendars” and then pull a bunch of made-up facts and figures straight out of… The reader won’t get a chance to verify them. credibility, and you’ll be able to get what’s owed to you with adsense and affiliate links.
Being a third-rate landscape photographer means putting up with loneliness and menial work, but with diligence and perseverance, you can earn a salary comparable to that of a waiter in a fast food restaurant or a call center operator.
Maximize your available streams of profit, never miss an opportunity to make money on hidden advertising, and one day, maybe you will become a little successful.
Author’s note: it’s just a joke. I am genuinely proud to be a third-rate landscape photographer, so please don’t offend me and leave angry comments just because some of my article sounded too true.
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