As a budding photographer/online blogger you want to capture the kind of images that will draw people in. Visiting particular destinations or traveling particular trip routes gives you the opportunity to take some amazing photographs.
To decide where you want to go to great photographs, ask yourself what you would like your subject to be. If your subject is specific – polar bears, for example – that obviously limits where you can go. However, if you have an interest in taking nature shots in general, start by visiting a destination like a national park. Yellowstone National Park, for instance, offer an interesting mix of wildlife and natural sights, such as hot springs and waterfalls. If you want to shoot a particular outdoor landscape think about the best time of year to visit certain regions – New England in the fall for instance.
If you want more tips on how to monetize your photography hobby and also see examples of great travel photography, look online for stock footage – the footage and video section of the Dreamstime website.
To get great photographs you have to have the right equipment.
An obvious starting point is your camera. Starting out, you do not have to have the most expensive camera, by any means, and the level of technology that goes into a basic camera means that to begin with you can take some nice photos with a relatively basic model. In any case, as you get more into your hobby and the possibility of making money from, it arises you will get a better idea of the type of camera you will need. Starting out, use a camera with a full manual override over the automatic option. A photographer should ideally known how to use manual focus. Cameras with an option for previewing the depth of field and one with a good viewfinder display are other functions worth considering. Other features worth investing in include a high continuous shooting rate, for action shots.
Another piece of equipment to consider having from the start is a tripod, even an inexpensive one. The chances are that your satisfaction with the photographs you are taking will increase once you begin using a tripod, especially if you have less-than-steady hands. Additional stability for images can be gotten by using the timer function on your camera, along with the tripod.
If you have a DSLR camera, it will have an option for allowing different lenses to be used on it. Starting off, you ideally should invest in two lenses: a telephoto zoom lens and a wide-angle one.
To ensure that your photographs look as professional as possible from the perspective of customers, use the following tips:
- Use editing software to touch up your photos but do not overdo it
- Offer some images for free download to attract purchasers to view your portfolio
- Join the forums on stock photography websites and add useful contributions of your own
- Using your earnings, buy better equipment, including a better camera, and boost your chances of having more photos accepted to stock photography websites and selling more images