Photography skillz are developing quite nicely; slowly, but surely. Finally, I have the exposure triangle figured out and I’m regularly producing images about which I’m really happy rather than a load of “meh” images and some really nice shots. I have a tripod now courtesy of birthday money and later this month I’m starting a Photoshop course.
I’m largely staggering my way through some features I’ve not yet used and feel a classroom learning setting might help be get to grips with it. All of this is leading towards (hopefully) some steady income from photography. I’ve always maintained that it is not intended to replace writing, but to complement it and have some income to fall back on during lean times.
So far, most of the income streams I’ve set up have been passive. I started with an Alamy portfolio in summer 2018. In January 2019 I opened up a Twenty20 portfolio. There I post images I take on my smartphone, and photos on the DSLR that don’t quite adhere to the technical requirements of Alamy. Plus, their daily competitions are fun.
I’ve not sold rights to a single image yet. In a saturated market, it could take a while. That’s why I’ve now set up a page on a site called Createxplore. They are a marketplace for amateurs and semi-pros, and students, basically people presently developing skills in a certain creative niche where they can’t justifiably charge full price. A typical customer is a charity or a start up business with a limited buduget. It’s a way of getting “exposure” (yes, that word again) and earning actual money from their craft. The platform is UK based and is quite young. There is not a lot of content on there at the moment, and it’s free for creators. Right now, I feel I have everything to gain and nothing to lose from being on the site.
Visit my Createxplore profile now. I’m offering photography only, not written work, as writing is my bread & butter and after six years, I think I can safely call myself professional 😀 But I am just getting started with photography and photo editing. If you’re a charity or a startup on Createspace, why not contact me through the profile and help me get my first gig?