The nature photography industry is vast and is continually growing and that is because getting into nature is a proven way to unwind from our overly stressful modern lifestyles.
The number of opportunities available to people who want to make money from nature photography is plentiful. In this instance, fortune favours the brave.
Nature photography is notably one of the world’s most popular types of photography.
People make money from nature photography in a myriad of ways including by selling their photos, whether they are simple snaps or professional-quality images.
It’s a plausible way to make money online because it requires no special equipment or expertise; virtually anyone can do it.
There are, however, no guarantees that you will get sales from your photos. The stock image industry is highly competitive.
There are hundreds of photographers already selling images online, and some are well-established in the online photography industry.
Your photography talent, combined with your marketing and business promotional abilities, will determine the success you can achieve by making money online from nature photography.
If you’re serious about making a living doing what you love, this article will help you get started on the right foot!
Let’s dive deeper into some of the most popular ways to make money online from nature photography.
Start a Nature Photography Blog
Blogging is a great way to share your photos with the world.
Blogs (such as this one) can help you build an audience and get exposure, leading to sales of your work or paid opportunities that would not have happened otherwise.
Blogging is also a great place to showcase your photography skills, which could lead to potential clients hiring you for future projects.
If blogging sounds like something that interests you, there are plenty of ways for bloggers to make money online through their blogs, for example:
- Selling advertising space on their websites (think Google ads)
- Writing sponsored posts or reviews (a company pays the blogger in exchange for writing about its product/service)
A blog is a perfect platform to share your photos with other nature lovers and photographers.
You can also write about your experiences, what you learned, and what you enjoyed while taking photographs in nature.
If you have no idea where to start when creating a blog, plenty of free platforms make it easy for anyone who wants to create their own website or content.
I suggest WordPress because it’s incredibly user-friendly and has many plug-ins that allow even beginner users like myself to get started quickly.
Remember: everyone was once in the same position as yourself.
Reach out to other photographers and ask questions about photography techniques or equipment recommendations if necessary to help you get started with blog content ideas.
Try Guest Blogging
Guest blogging is a great way to earn extra money from nature photography.
It’s straightforward, too.
You’ll first need to find websites that accept guest bloggers and the topic(s) they cover.
Some websites may ask for a fee to become a guest writer, but others are free!
Once you’ve found one or two blogs that fit your needs, start pitching them ideas for articles.
As long as it’s related to nature photography and something that hasn’t been covered by other writers on their site yet (or if there are gaps in their archives), chances are good that they’ll say yes.
Publish Your Own eBooks
If you’re a writer, you can sell your own ebooks through online retailers like Kobo and Apple’s iBookstore.
There are even some specialty sites that will sell your ebook to people in different countries.
And if you have a website, you can always add an “ebook” page where people can buy your book directly from you (with all the associated fees).
Once established, they allow for easy sales and distribution of your work from anywhere in the world!
Create an Online Course About Nature Photography
Create an online course about nature photography and sell it online
Find a platform like Udemy, Skillshare, or Teachable where you can create your own online course. These platforms are free to use and have thousands of students from all over the world.
You can also upload any videos or photos you want in your courses. Your audience will pay a small fee (about $20) to access your content.
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Using your own website is another option if you have a website with enough traffic and sales potential.
Make sure everything related to making money from nature photography has been covered thoroughly within each lesson so people wouldn’t feel cheated when paying for your course.
If possible, try adding some bonuses too, like discounts on gear companies’ websites which would make buying equipment easier after taking part.
Sell Your Nature Photos on Stock Photo Sites
If you want to make money online from nature photography, selling your photos on stock photo sites is one of the easiest ways.
Generally speaking, these sites pay based on how many times your photo has been downloaded by other users.
Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for an account with one of these firms (or all three!) and submit some sample images for review.
- Your images will be reviewed by someone who works at a stock agency – if they like what they see, congratulations! If not…well…keep working hard and try again later! Either way, don’t take rejection personally because everyone has their own tastes in photography, just as I have mine, so please don’t think less than highly of yourself because someone else doesn’t like your work.
You should always feel proud about whatever creative project you’ve put into this world, no matter what anyone else might say.
Deep inside, you know whether something was good enough for them; even if it isn’t perfect yet, that doesn’t mean there isn’t potential within each project, which means there’s always room for improvement!
If not now, then when?
Just keep going until everyone agrees that “yes,” indeed, this particular piece does meet specific requirements set forth by such-and-such market segmentation criteria; after all, isn’t success achieved only through constant refinement?
Make a Website
A website is your business card, portfolio, and marketing tool.
It allows you to provide all the information about your business that would typically be on paper but in an organized way that is easy for potential clients to find.
It should include the following:
- a portfolio of your best work
- information about who you are (background, experience, and services offered)
- contact information so people can get in touch with you
- links to social media accounts where they can follow you or check out more of your work
If you’re a beginner, starting with a free website builder like Wix or Weebly is best.
These sites have easy-to-use templates that allow you to create your own online storefront and make money selling your photographs.
Suppose you don’t want to put in the effort of making one yourself or are interested in having professional design work done.
In that case, some companies specialize in building photography e-commerce websites.
Sell Your Nature Photos on a Business Facebook Page
You can also make money by selling your nature photography photos through Facebook.
The first step is creating a business Facebook page and posting your photos on that page.
You can upload them directly from your computer or mobile device or use an app like Canva to design professional-looking frames for your photograph before uploading it to Facebook.
After you have uploaded all of the photos you want to sell on the page, you will need people interested in buying them.
This is why promoting the page using Facebook ads is essential.
It will help get more people interested in buying your images at a cheaper rate than if they bought them off of another website like PhotoShelter or ShutterStock, which charges sellers a 10% commission fee per sale.
Create a Vimeo Channel And Upload Videos
Vimeo is a great place to showcase your photos, especially if you have them set to autoplay. In the description box, you can add text and music to your images or links to your website or social media accounts.
You can also use video analytics to see how many people watch your videos.
This is important because it indicates how much traffic is going through the site and whether or not it’s worth investing time and money into making more videos.
If you’re just starting out with nature photography, then there’s one thing that needs saying: don’t be discouraged if no one seems interested in what you’re doing at first!
It takes time for people who aren’t already photographers (or aren’t photographers) to learn about what makes good photography; once they do, they’ll start recognizing good work from bad very quickly—and so will potential customers/clients too!
You can also create a video channel and upload your photos there.
The more videos you make on nature photography, the more likely you will build an audience interested in your work.
People who aren’t familiar with what goes into taking pictures of nature would find it very helpful to see how other photographers do it. They might even start following your channel or subscribing to it.
You could also use this opportunity to teach people how to edit their photos using Photoshop or whatever software program they have available.
In addition to teaching them how the software works and its various toolsets, you could also show them some examples of what not-so-great edits look like so that they know how bad modifications happen so that they don’t make those same mistakes themselves!
Get Into The NFT Marketplace
Get into the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace.
NFT is a non-fungible token, a digital asset that is unique and cannot be replaced by another digital asset.
This means that each NFT has its own exceptional value and can be used to represent almost anything in a digital form.
By owning an NFT, you can sell or trade it on the blockchain, just like any other cryptocurrency.
This makes NFTs a new form of digital assets.
NFTs can be exchanged for other cryptocurrencies or fiat currencies via regulated cryptocurrency exchanges.
NFTs are a new digital asset form that can represent almost anything in the digital world.
This makes NFT tokens a great way to monetize your creative content and an opportunity for creators and developers to sell their creations on the blockchain.
Hone in Your Focus
The best way to make money in the photography world is to focus on one thing you can do well and then develop it until it’s successful.
This means not trying to be the best at everything and not trying to do everything at once.
Focus on what you are good at, improve on that, and then move on to something else when you feel your skill level is there.
If you’re just starting out as a nature photographer, don’t worry.
This can be difficult to follow, but it’s also gratifying.
Remember that the best way to make money in this industry is by focusing on one thing you can do well and then developing it until it’s successful.
Don’t let the idea of making money get in the way of your passion for photography.
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