TooManyShots wrote in post #17911446
I am not claiming to know anything about travel photography but who is paying you for your photos taken during your travels??? Is it something like you start this using your out of pocket expense first until you have enough exposures. And some companies would decide to use your works and etc???
That way of doing things is often criticized here on POTN, yet it is exactly what I did with wildlife photography, and after just a few years I had built up enough of a body of work that I am now able to make most of my living from it.
ekfaysal wrote in post #17911276
Lately i am thinking of leaving everything else and break in to travel photography.
Here is my little plan:
i think i should start traveling more and more, maybe some domestic travels first. A few hikes and explorations this summer. I should create some travel stories.
I'll contact all of the travel magazines around the world.
I'll build and grow my blog and will probably use Adsense etc on my blog while I'll drive traffic from FB and Instagram to my blog. that will earn a little money for me IMo.
I'll keep shooting stock photos too and upload them to the popular stock agencies. this way i make a little more money as well.
I'll probably try to reach maximum audience through social media and maybe get some clients or maybe sell some of my work to the fans.
I actually need some tips/tricks from the professionals, Some ideas would be appreciated.
I think that it would behoove you to be realistic about who your clients will be - where the money will be coming from - and you then need to shoot specifically for them.
Just getting a lot of people on internet sites to "like" your work doesn't just somehow magically put money in your bank account.
Just getting people to visit you blogs and your website doesn't somehow magically put money in the bank, either.
You will probably need to focus on selling usage licenses in order to make a living.
So, try to think about just who it is that will be most likely to license your images.
For travel, the first thing that comes to my mind are, well, the destinations themselves:
Chambers of commerce.
Here are a few examples:
Start to contact the entities and the various agencies that represent these entities. Find out what publishers the entities use to produce their promotional material. Then contact those publishers and find out if they pay for usage (many do not these days, as crowd sourcing via creative commons licensing can provide their needs). When you know what entities pay for licensing, and are willing to work with you, then ask them what types of images they are most in need of.
One city may really want to promote their skiing industry, and tell you, "we need photos of people skiing on our local slopes. Families with young children, as well as teenagers."
Another municipality may tell you that most of their budget comes from the restaurant industry, and tell you, "we need photos of people enjoying food in our town."
A state (or other large geographic region) may tell you, "the southwest corner of our region is really under-represented, and we need photos from that area. Images showing the landscape and overall natural beauty of that part of our region are what we are looking for."
Whenever possible, make sure that you put the responsibility for getting releases on your clients, so that you don't have to do that yourself.
Also, make sure that your clients understand that the license you sell is for unexclusive usage. That means you can license the same image to multiple entities, and also sell it thru a stock agency.
You see, it is not really about just going out and shooting whatever you want or whatever you are most passionate about. You need to have specific clients in mind, and then go shoot the types of photos that those clients need most.
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