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1. Posted by kcpurns (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Does anyone out there do travel photography for a living? HOW on earth do i make a living doing it?? i've got the skills, ive only been doing it for a couple of years tho, so I'm relatively new to the industry. Im planning on travelling in january and dont want to be stuck behind a bar full-time or even part time. Do travel photographers have understudies? hahahaha, very cheap and willing to do anything understudies? I see the fantastic talent out there and see their work being recognised. i know i can do that, but just dont know how.

2. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Unfortunately I don't think you will find many people who have made much money out of travel photography (those who have are the exceptions). The competition is incredibly tough, with thousands of people out there travelling, taking pictures and trying to break in to the industry.

If you are going to give it a try you can increase your chances by:

1 Not just taking the pictures everybody else takes (beach sunsets etc). Go for different images - food, transport, people etc. Try to really capture the personality of the places you're visiting.

2. Some countries are inundated with photographers. Are you really going to be able to come up with something original in Thailand or Australia for example? Go places that haven't been covered to death.

3. Your pictures have to be top quality (whether digital or film). Exposure, sharpness, composition have to be perfect. If you know you've got the technical skills then go for it. If you're unsure seak out someone who knows what they're talking about and get them to judge your work. If it's not up to scratch then practice, practice, practice!

4. Once you've got a decent portfolio you can think about contacting photographic libraries who may be interested in adding you to their list of photographers. I think you need a couple of thousand top quality images before you're likely to be taken seriously by any decent stock library.

Good luck!

3. Posted by kcpurns (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Thankyou thankyou! im australian, so ive had a good place to hone my skills. thankyou again for your advice!

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I'm a big fan of www.istockphoto.com, but you won't make much by adding your pics there unless you have a TON of them and they are very good and stand out... Sites like the above also help make it harder for people to make a living out of travel pics. I know when I'm looking for stock photography I'd rather spend 2 or 3 bucks and get it royalty free than pay a fortune and get the same for a similar picture (not to mention photographers time etc...). It's tough!

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Learn to write. There's very little market for straight photography. But there is a market for good travel stories with accompanying photographs. Still it's a hard and poor (money wise) life.

6. Posted by kcpurns (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Funny you should mention that, becuase im studying journalism at the moment too. fingers crossed i can at least have a hobby for now!

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting kcpurns

Funny you should mention that, becuase im studying journalism at the moment too. fingers crossed i can at least have a hobby for now!

Fingers crossed!
Good Luck! and pssssssssssst....post some pics here for those of us that travel through others ;)
Cheers!
:)

8. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Quoting kcpurns

Funny you should mention that, becuase im studying journalism at the moment too. fingers crossed i can at least have a hobby for now!

then you're well equiped! best of luck!!