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Ways to Make Money as a Photographer

As photography technology is progressing, it is becoming easier to take pictures, process those and sell photos Online. Many opportunities are being created for photographers which can help them in making money while following their passion of photography. And it does not hurt if your passion earns you your bread and butter – right?

So here we share some ways using which photographers can earn money.

Wedding/ portrait/ family photography

Wedding photography pays really well. So does portrait and family photography. All you need to do is setup your own website, upload your portfolio and network with people. Offer some free pictures or tag along with a well-known photographer – there is no dearth of opportunities here.

License through Stock sites like Getty Images

The requirement for stock images or online photo has gone really high. Advertisers, website designers, marketers, digital media professionals – everybody is in need of good quality images and stock sites are the places where images are searched. Submit your photos on stock sites and once approved and uploaded on those sites, you get paid every time someone uses your picture or you can also sell photos Online. As you become more popular there, your revenue share keeps increasing.

Freelance for local magazines and publications

Check out for freelance opportunities with local publications and magazines – such magazines typically need photography help in capturing latest happenings in the city, covering a particular event or concert or for capturing festive spirit in a particular city. You can offer your service and earn some quick bucks.

T-Shrits/ Mugs

People are more and more looking for some customized or personalized T-Shirts and Mugs. Many websites offer printing and delivery of such customized products. You can tie up with such websites and offer your photographers for listing on those websites. As for the revenue models – you can work out a one-time deal or get paid per photograph you submit or even take it further where you will be paid for each photograph used by the customer on T-Shirt or a Mug.

Photography courses and blogs

If you have the knowledge, share it through courses, tours and blogs. With the advent of technology, almost everybody owns a decent camera and buying a good quality camera has also become easier. But owning a camera does not make one a good photographer. There are lot of techniques involved which one needs to learn. If you have mastered some techniques, package the knowledge in the form of some nice, short courses and let people attend your classes for a fee. You can also take a group on a photography tour and teach them on the field itself. Writing blogs and earning some ad revenue on your blogs is also an easy option. Make sure that you keep your blog constantly updated with regular articles.

Sell local photographs to travel magazines or composing photo guides for tourists

Travel magazines are always in need to some good quality pictures of famous places, monuments and structures. You can take a trip to famous places and click some really good pictures and sell those pictures to travel magazines. Going one step ahead, you can also create your own photo guide with good pictures, nice complete information, history and sell it to the tourists. If you make the photo guide in a unique shape and include some exclusive clicks in it, there will not be any dearth of buyers.

Contests

There are thousands of photography contests happening all the time. You can participate in such contests – especially because the participation is easy when the contest is online. All you need to do is upload your pictures right from your own home. Many of these contests are free to participate. The prizes of such contests often include cash prizes or some nice photography gears. Make sure that you read the participation guidelines properly and ensure that you retain the copyright of your photographs – once confirmed, you are all set!

Do you have any more suggestions which you would like to share with fellow readers? Comments welcome!

Tips for Solving Three Common Problems in Photography

Photography is about capturing the best moments and objects as seen by the photographer. While passion of the photographer is the most important factor in clicking best pictures, there are some small intricacies to be managed so that the technicalities do not spoil the beauty of the picture.

In this post, we will take a look at three most commonly faced problems with digital photography and some tips and solutions for those:

#1 Red Eye

Thousands and thousands of photos are spoiled because of the bright red pupil in the photograph, called as red eye. Now, rather than understanding the technicalities of why and how that occurs, let us look at some practical ways of avoiding it.

To avoid it, all you need to do is change the camera angel so that the light does not directly enter the eye –click the photograph from slightly higher or lower angel. Try and avoid camera flash as much as possible – turn on the lights or use natural light. Stand farther from the subject.

Even after taking all the possible care, if you do find red eye (in the otherwise good photo), check out if your digital camera offers an in-camera red-eye removal. Most of the cameras now do come with this feature!  You should be able to remove it using this very easily.

#2: Blurry Images

Agreed, blurry images do look artistic, but not always. You need to have some clarity in the photograph so that viewers can comprehend the objects in it.

One of the most common reasons for blurry images is camera shake. You can avoid camera shake by holding the camera close to your body and by standing with your legs approximately a shoulder-width apart. That will help you keep your body stable. Alternatively, you can use a tripod. Some cameras also offer image stabilization feature which can be utilized.

 

Reduce the shutter lag by pressing the trigger a little and then pressing it completely at the moment of clicking the picture.

After the click is complete, don’t move the camera away from eye quickly. Hold it for a moment.

What if the image still is blurry even after taking all precautions? Well, then you need to click the picture again, no alternative for that 

#3 Improper Lighting

Many photographers believe that photography is all about light. Appropriate lighting can make or break a photo.

The first and foremost thing you need to watch is ISO settings in your digital camera. You need to make it higher or lower based on the other lighting conditions. Balance the lighting with these settings. Remember, higher the ISO, greater the lighting in the picture frame.

While shooting indoors, try and avoid flash as much as possible and try and use natural light. Don’t place the subjects in front of bright window (unless you want silhouette effect). If natural light is not available, use lamps in the room.

Try and choose a good background for your picture which can add some brightness to the photo.

While shooting outdoors, if possible, shoot early or later in the day. This will give the soothing effect in your photos. Try and get sunlight on the subject by having the sun behind you when you shoot.

What if the photos show blacks shade or are too bright despite taking all the precautions? Well, there are a lot of available photo editing tools which can help you clean that up. But really, why not master the art of perfect photography? 

In coming posts, we will share more such tips, tricks and articles about photography. If you have any specific points to share, do share those as comments! If you want to join the community of passionate photographers, publish your photographs for public view and interact with interesting people, join the Tumbhi Photography Site at http://photography.tumbhi.com/.

Expressions- Tumbhi’s Digital Photography Workshop

In row to the last photography workshop organized by Tumbhi, this time it was bigger and better- out there in the green mushy fields of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani – with big cameras packed in bags and enthusiasm trolling high in the spirits!

“Expressions”- Tumbhi’s first outdoor Digital Photography Workshop was a close call for 15 amateur but enthusiastic photographers. A two-day trip planned for learning basics of Digital photography along with tremendous outdoor adventure.

Under the veteran gaze of Mr. LC Singh (an established Nature and Wildlife photographer cum trainer and Founder of Tumbhi.com), 15 cameras captured the valleys in different frames, in different fashions and reflections.

The workshop started with an overview and detailed explanation of minute but extremely important basics like Holding the camera- thereby explaining perspective, vertical holding, positioning and Breathing out.

Moving onto the more creative aspect of making a photograph, the concept of Composition was explained with a few principles like Rule of one third, presence of human element in the picture, clutter and contrast management just before you press the click button!

 

Classroom Sessions

In the classroom sessions, which were held mostly during the wee hours of enormous sunlight when photos couldn’t be clicked, participants were given elaborate lessons on using Lightroom! For this Tumbhi team already made sure that each participant had light room downloaded in their machines.

On-field Photography

Sharp pictures and Focusing were explained with hands on click and learn mechanism where the participants clicked pictures and got instant feedback thereby getting an exact idea of where they missed the perfection and how could they have made it better!

But a photograph is not just made when clicked-it has to be polished to be able to tell your story! Mr. LC Singh went on explaining the utter importance of processing an image and in the right manner – so as to make it convey the emotion hidden in it!

 

A post processed photograph

And amidst all the learning and clicking, which could not be explained here, was the amazing experience and fun the participants had while being out there- making it bigger and better!

Also listing down a few testimonials from the participants of the workshop!!

Ashutosh- “It gave me a chance to take a closer look at my camera settings and learnt how best I can use them for a more satisfying experience of photography. I must admit, I knew very less about my camera before the workshop Post processing lessons were a delight.”

Bhushan- “This workshop was not just an avenue to learn about photography, but also one where I was able to connect with other like-minded individuals to collectively enhance skills.”

 

Know What Tumbhi Can Give You!

“Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” Bob Marley

When Bob said this, it was clearly not for an average man who comes to work, does his routine and sleeps off to complete the cycle. It was more about the man who despite of his routine , takes out time for himself, the one who discovers himself as an artist, nurtures his talent and grows without any full stops in view.

Tumbhi, as per definition, means an online platform that seeks to transform the lives of artists, art lovers and art seekers. You are an artist if you have created some artworks in the credit of your name, out of pure imagination of your own.

If you walk in Tumbhi world as an artist, there are a lot of things that are offered to you! Some of the pointers are as under:

  • You are an instant ‘Star’: All of us know fame doesn’t walk in the window so easily but there is always a beginning to everything. Tumbhi artists who get recognized either by getting shortlisted in some of the Tumbhi’s Contests or winning those are interviewed. These interviews are opened up for reading on our blog as well as other social media platforms. Through this, the world gets to know both the personal side of the artist along with the Artistic part.
  • Featuring on Facebook: Facebook is a big deal these days. The entire world around us is there on Facebook as well and making up to something on Facebook is not a meager issue. Tumbhi has a proactive Facebook page with a huge fan base of more than 90,000 fans. Any artist who captures the attention of the Tumbhi team with his outstanding work of art (be it a photograph, poetry, story or even modeling portfolio) gets featured right there in front of thousands on Tumbhi’s Facebook page. Same goes with Tumbhi’s Twitter and blogging platform as well.
  • Expert Comments: This is something which you don’t easily get everywhere! An artist always craves for the right eye for his/her artwork and if that eye is of an expert of that field, there is nothing better than that. Tumbhi has on its board an eminent panel of advisors, who are handpicked by their respective industry itself for the kind of work they have to show to the world. These include people like Anurag Kashyap (Film Director), Irshad Kamil (Lyricist), Javed Siddiqui (Screen Writer), Sunjoy Monga (Photographer) and so on. An artist coming to Tumbhi gets an opportunity to expose his talent to such maestros and receive expert comments from them.

So the first step to discover yourself as an artist will always be your initiative but Tumbhi can take definitely take up from the following steps.

Give yourself a chance to get Explored by the world! Login to www.tumbhi.com.