How to Get Into Freelance Digital Photography

By | April 25, 2018

If you want to get into freelance digital photography there are only a few critical requirements, but anyone wanting to work as a freelance photographer should make sure they meet these.

The lifestyle of a freelance photographer is a good one. You will be self-employed with flexible working hours. Much of your time, of course, will be spent behind the camera. Sometimes you will be taking your own “stock” photos. Other times you may be hired on assignment by big companies and even by popular magazines.

If you would really like to become a freelance photographer then here are the basic requirements.

A Good Digital Camera

To work in freelance digital photography you will need a modern digital camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels or more.

The minimum resolution varies from market to market and is also changing with time. As you might be reading this article a long time after I wrote it, I recommend that you visit a couple of the major microstock web sites such as Fotolia and Shutterstock to check the current minimum requirements for photo submissions.

Ability to Take Good Photographs

Anyone can snap off a photo or two. But you will only be in demand as a professional photographer if you can take photos that are better than the rest.

If you need to improve your photography knowledge and skills then read some good photography books, or take some online training at digital photography web sites. There are also some excellent videos at YouTube on virtually every aspect of digital photography.

Knowledge of How and Where to Sell Your Photography

As a freelance photographer your income will come from two main sources, selling stock photography and assignment photography.

If you sell stock photos at microstock photography sites you will typically receive $ 0.25 to $ 2.00 every time one of your photos is downloaded. Some of the better portfolios have 30,000 to 40,000 downloads per year.
If you sell your photoss directly to magazines you might earn $ 200 to $ 700 for a photo used on a cover, or anywhere from $ 10 to $ 300 for an inside photo, depending upon the size of the photo and the photography budget of the magazine.

One of the keys to selling more digital photography is to research carefully which types of photographs are being downloaded and published most frequently, and then go and take photos like those!

A Determination To Succeed

If you really want to build a freelance photography business then you must have a strong determination to succeed and be willing to work hard as you build up your portfolio and establish your reputation as a professional photographer.

Good luck!

Michael Kryzer is the author of Sell Your Digital Photos. To find out more about where to sell your photos including the best microstock photography sites please visit

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