Gone are the days when being a travel photographer just meant taking photos for a particular travel newspaper or magazine.
The globe isn’t that easy anymore, and the degree of competition in this world has never been this tight.
But still, there are more travel photographers in 2015 than there were in previous years. Now the main question is how to make money as travel photographer in 2015.
One of the best way to make money as a travel photographer is to save a few bucks here and there. In fact, when you travel, saving cash is usually the same thing as making money.
You can save some few bucks by simply taking some nice photos and then exchanging them with a tour firm for free tour or with a lodge for free accommodation.
Travelling is very expensive, thus generating a few pictures for a firm to use for their advertising purpose in exchange for a trip is a good way to make some dollars.
In reality, there are more individuals who would like to learn about photography rather than those who would like to purchase photos. Because of this reason, teaching photography has become one of the best ways to make money as a travel photographer in 2015.
Actually, some of the globe’s highest earning photographers are often the least talented one because they teach well. Many photographers sell video tutorials, eBooks and host seminars as a way of supplementing their current earnings.
YouTube is one of the best income sources that you should be pushing for. However, YouTubers don’t want to just see things, they want to learn them. You can start a travel photography platform with lessons, reviews, tips, as well as on location videos for people to be subscribing.
With this, I can guarantee you will have a good number of followers and be able to earn a few bucks in a few months.
4. Increasing Social Media Followings
As you are aware, the highly paid travel photographers aren’t necessarily the best photographers in the world, but the one who know how to market themselves.
Tourism board, brands, hotel chains and restaurants are often vying for established and good photographers to use their images, eat their food, stay in their hotels and visit their attractions.
There is lots of money for these kinds of photographers. So, increasing your social presence will enable you to get exposed to larger number of audience.
5. Client Direct Sales
This is one of the biggest sources of revenue for traveling photographers in 2015. You can have a few firms that have you on retainer for over $5,000 per month for an entire year. They get to pick a few pictures every month that they can use for social media as well as other marketing purposes.
The best thing about clients based sales is that they often have a specific style of picture that they need, so you will be spending most of your time generating these images for them.
6. Newspaper or Magazine Work
Frankly speaking, this is the least source of revenue you can ever engage in. There isn’t lots of demand these days. However, you can have your work published in major magazines or newspaper and earn a few dollars.