nav-left cat-right


Photography Ideas for Retiree Income

If you are retired, you probably have a limited amount of income from your retirement accounts.

Like many, finding innovative ways to supplement this can be a great way to have more cash on hand. For those with a knack for photography, using photos in order to achieve this goal is a great idea.

First of all, you may want to sell the pictures locally. Depending on where you live and the current demand, you may find that local galleries and shows is a great place for you to display your works of art. However, you will need to make sure that they are professionally framed first. This will require an up front investment so, you need to be certain that you will be able to sell some of them before you put out too much of your money.

When you are taking pictures, it is important that you adhere to the various elements of art when doing so. If it has been a while or you are not familiar with these concepts, consider taking a course at your local community college or through the Internet. A few simple lessons can really help you to create stunning works of art.

Work with a SLR digital camera. Such as the Nikon 7000 (which I use) or Canon or Pentax Single Lens Reflex Cameras. These modern devices can really help you to capture the moments around you with precision. Learn as much as you can about the camera operations and jump in to click on whatever strikes your fancy.

You will also need to consider the types of things that may be in demand so that you can make some money selling them. Nature pictures that are well done tend to have a great deal of fans but, you will need something remarkable in order to make a sale.

For those in the city or suburban parts of the world, there are still plenty of chances to find interesting photo opportunities. For instance, bugs and grime can both be really fascinating if you look at them with the right eye. Be careful of taking pictures with strangers in them if you are intending to sell the pictures so that you do not get into any troubles.

The Internet has many websites that specialize in connecting photos with people who need them. In some cases, you will give up your rights so, be very careful about reading the terms of service before you sign up with any of these companies.

If you have an appreciation for photography and wish to add to your income, bring these two together. Then, you will have extra money while enjoying the hobby and sharing your view of the world around you with others.

Knowing What To Charge For Photography Services

Pricing photography is one of the biggest hurdles that you can face when you are trying to break into the profession. It can be especially nerve wrecking when you are face to face with a client that is demanding to know what you charge for your services. It is not as simple as looking around to your competition and mimicking their pricing. You need to understand the worth of the services that you are providing. But you also need to know how to articulate and calculate the services and demonstrate to the client why they should pay it. In this article, we will talk about some of the things that you should consider in order to determine what to charge for your photography services.

1. Know Your Worth.

This is probably the most important thing to do. It is critical that you understand your worth. While it can be helpful to determine what your competition is charging, it is more important to figure out what you are worth. To do this, you are going to need to calculate your ‘Cost Of Doing Business.’ This is essentially the amount that it takes at the end of each year in order to pay all of your bills for your business. It is important to consider every expense that you incur in your business. Another thing that you are going to want to consider is your target salary that you actually want to take in that year. This should be a reasonable number.

You can reach your Cost Of Doing Business by completing a few different calculations. You should take all of the expenses that you incur for your business in any given year. This includes; website fees, camera equipment, gear, rent, travel/transportation, food, etc. Once you do that, you are going to want to also add the amount of salary that you want to make that year. Then, you will want to divide the figure that you came up with by the number of jobs that you think you will be booking throughout the year. It is important to be realistic when you are going over these numbers. You need to utilize the right number of events that you anticipate doing. Just because you want to do 30 events does not mean that you are going to reach that lofty goal. The number that you come up with is the amount that you should be charging for your services.

2. Listen To Clients.

The next step in the process involves listening to your clients. Your clients body language and the way that they negotiate will give you a good hint as to whether or not you need to raise or lower your prices. For example, if you have someone that is leaning forward in their chairs and engaged as you are articulating your worth, you have likely caught their interest at the price that you are quoting. Whereas, if the person is disengaged and leaning back in their chair, the chances are they have made up their mind that the services are priced too high for them.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what type of clients you want to take in. There is always going to be clients willing to pay more for your services. It depends on how many events you want to do and how hard you want to have to sell your services.