Whether it’s looking at mouth-wateringly delicious food images on Instagram or flicking through a cookbook that’s filled with scrumptious dishes, there’s no denying that there is a certain knack to making photographs of food look as well presented and yummy as they do. In fact, sometimes, it would be nice if you could grab a knife and fork and dive right in.
Whether you’re an amateur or professional, there’s plenty of ways and opportunities that you can make money from the photographs that you take. The profits you receive could be used as a financial bonus if photography is just a hobby and something you do alongside your usual line of work, or perhaps taking photos is your bread and butter. We’ve rounded up the best ways you can make money below.
The shift to digital has changed the way that we view and interact with photographs. Using film and disposable cameras and getting them developed before we store them in albums, specialist envelopes or boxes have been replaced with smart phone cameras and cloud camera rolls, hard drives and USB sticks. While for nostalgic reasons, the move to digital isn’t always favoured, and the war over which method is better will probably continue forever. The positive side of the shift, is that the rise of smart phones and their increasingly powerful cameras has exposed a wider range of people to the joys of photography.
The saying may go ‘all the gear, no idea’, but what if you have all the ideas and no gear. You may have visions of the dramatic landscape you want to photograph, the family portrait you want to capture or inspiration for the wedding you’ve been enlisted to document – but unless you have the right photography equipment or props, then your ideas are likely to amount to nothing. First things first, you don’t need to spend a fortune to take great photographs. With iPhones now boasting cameras which rival some of the more expensive cameras on the market, taking a great photograph has become more accessible for those who have a love of photography, but don’t want to invest in an all-singing, all-dancing camera.
How important is composition? While it’s widely known that mastering the art of composition will help your photography, many of the photography elite believe that it’s something you shouldn’t give too much attention too. Yu shouldn’t feel that you need to apply each one of the ‘rules’ below to every photo that you take; spend a little tie practicing them one at a time and soon you will learn which rule applies to certain situations. Composition is all about training the eye (and mind) to see the image from a range of different angles.