Jun 13 2007

Making Money with your Digital Camera – Part 1

Published by at 11:06 am under Tips and Ideas

Your photographic skills, combined with a digital camera, could be a great way to put extra cash in your pocket. It is not necessary to be a professional photographer to get started. Solid skills with your camera, combined with creativity and basic business skills will provide a strong foundation.

This article gives a variety of ideas for earning money as a “free lancer”.

Probably the easiest way to make money with your digital camera is to attend events and snap as many shots as possible. Make sure you have plenty of memory cards. As I write this article, I have enough memory cards to take over 800 photos before having to return to a computer. Another option is to have a portable computer and an adaptor that allows you to run the computer off your car battery.

Many times attendees will bring their own cameras but be too busy to use them, and most of the time, no one thinks to bring in a photographer for the event.

With business cards ready, attend and photograph such events as fund raisers, fairs, and sporting events. Pass out your business cards and inform attendees that they can purchase photos at your web site. Then, be sure to upload all the photos and wait for the orders to start flowing in!

Keep in mind that if you are regularly seen taking photographs of public events such as grand openings, dog shows, sporting events, graduations, church events, and public concerts, not only will you get orders for prints, but you will start getting asked to be at similar events with guarantees of sales!

Even if you do not start selling right away, offer to provide the digital photos to people. Just make sure you put a digital watermark in the corner so that others will know you took the original. This gets the word out about your service. Works well if you take photos at an event sponsored by a non-profit organization.

Here are some specific ideas of events you could attend.

Pet Shows

Photograph pets with their owners. Most owners won’t struggle to take a photograph with their pet all by themselves. You can be the one who makes it easy for them. Not only can you charge for the service and your time, but you can offer the photograph in it’s digital form or as a print that you can mail to them later – either created by your own photo printer or by a photo processing service. Click here to read our article about ordering prints on-line. Many of these services also offer to print the photos on T-shirts, mugs, pillows and greeting cards. This service is often welcome by camera-challenged pet owners!

Amateur sporting events

Elementary, junior high, or high school sporting events, as well as community leagues, offer a great opportunity for taking photographs of people’s children in action. When I was practicing sports shots, I went to a soccer tournament. I took about 140 pictures, and about a dozen of them actually looked good. Since I was practicing, I did not bother contacting parents, but if I was better with my camera, I could have probably made some sales, as hardly anyone else was “snapping”.

By getting good shots of their kids, you’ll be able to offer great photographs to proud parents who don’t own cameras, or forgot to bring them, or didn’t have the great shots that you got.

Make sure you have a good zoom lens.


Here is a link to an e-book written by Terry Gibbs. If you would like to get into more detail on the 3 part article you are reading, check out Terry’s book by clicking on Make Money With Your Digital Camera. Terry also wrote Make Money With Your Video Camera.

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