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How to Earn Money in Photography: Wedding Photography, Newborn Photography, Fashion Photography, Product Photography & more

Passionate about photography? Thinking of ways to make money with photography? Well, by enhancing your artistic/composition, technical, communication and networking skills, you can increase your earning potential.

Wedding Photography

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To start with, create a portfolio by practising at your friends or family weddings. You can also start as an assistant wedding photographer which will help you gain experience. Promote yourself – word of mouth, tell friends/family to recommend you, if they come to know of any requirement for a wedding photographer in their circle. Create a business account/page on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest etc. and showcase your best work to get wedding bookings.

A pre wedding photoshoot is a great way to know a couple; you get to know them – the poses they are comfortable with (open pose, V pose, closed pose, stacked on, the swing etc.), which helps you to create a photograph that reflects a mood: romantic, playful and so on. As you gain their trust and confidence; they may even ask you to shoot their wedding.

Some of the wedding styles you can incorporate in your wedding shoots:

Formal

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You set up the photograph by giving poses/directions to the couple and ask them to look into the camera before taking the shot.

Candid

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You do not give any directions instead observe and take shots that depict beautiful emotions/moments of the bride, groom or the couple.

Romantic

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You use soft lighting to create a romantic mood in the photo; if outdoors you can photograph the couple during the golden hour for soft light wherein the couple can be shown embracing, looking at each other etc. You can also try capturing silhouette photos of the couple.

Photojournalistic

You document the day with Black & White photographs capturing the moments, the couple may not be a part of, which they can see later in their wedding album. People shouldn’t be aware of being shot, so use long/telephoto lens, do not use flash instead go for a high ISO, use wide angle lens and capture the different moments of the day as they unfold.

Pro tips:

  • Carry extra memory cards and batteries
  • Take informal/candid shots, formal portraits and detail shots
  • Try different angles, vantage points and variations in your images
  • If you have an assistant photographer, you can ask them to move around the venue and take candid shots of the guests while you capture formal shots of the couple and their family
  • For family shots – give directions, arrange everyone in a line and ensure there is balance & consistency in their heights
  • The wedding photos should tell a story – it should cover the moments prior to the wedding ceremony (haldi ceremony photos), wedding preparation, wedding venue – the exterior and the interior, wedding ceremony & couple shots, group shots of the guests and evening shots of the reception (formal & informal shots)
  • Recommended settings for group shots: aperture of f/8 to f/11 to keep everyone in focus, ISO 100 – 800, shutter speed of 1/125 sec depending on the lighting conditions (to avoid motion blur – do not use shutter speed slower than 1/60 sec)
  • In group shots, people may blink – so take multiple shots
  • Take detail shots which include photographs of the wedding rings, mehndi on the bride’s hands, betel nut used in 7 pheras, flowers at the venue, wedding cake etc. using shallow depth of field
  • Use Leading Lines, Rule of Thirds, Frame within Frame composition techniques in your shots
  • Take close-up, mid-length and full-length shots
  • With the fairy lights in the background, set the focus on the couple in front using the widest aperture to create a beautiful bokeh effect
  • Evening shots: To photograph the couple dance, take shots from different angles; recommended settings include wide angle lens, wide aperture, ISO 1600 – 3200 depending on the lighting conditions, shutter speed – not slower than 1/60 sec
haldi wedding photography

Photos by Omkar Kadam, a professional wedding and fashion photographer. For more such amazing images, do check his Instagram profile here instagram.com/pixelerphotography/

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Newborn Photography / Baby Photography

As a parent, getting your baby photoshoot done is a great way to capture and preserve the best and precious moments of your life. As they say – it’s not possible to travel back in time, but in the future, these beautiful photographs of your newborn can certainly help you relive those amazing moments!

newborn photography

Photo by Shamiya Khan – Photographer: Newborn-Baby-Mamma-Family. For more such amazing images, do check her Instagram profile here instagram.com/stockbylovephotography/

Baby photoshoot includes taking photographs of babies from birth till they are 1 year old.

Pro tips:

  • Good time to photograph the newborn is just after they have been fed; they are sleepy which makes it easy for you to capture some amazing shots
  • Go for a wide aperture to create shallow depth of field that will give a dreamy look to the image  
  • Use fast shutter speed of 1/125 sec or 1/200 sec to avoid motion blur
  • Avoid using flash, it can upset the newborn; carry your studio lights to the client’s place and set up a studio there
  • Use lots of props like soft toys, cushion, wraps, headbands, baskets, etc. to add another element the baby can interact with
baby photography

Photo by Nancy Bindal – Photographer: Baby whisperer | Memory maker. For more such amazing images, do check her Instagram profile here instagram.com/nancy_bindal_photography/

Fashion Photography / Portrait Photography

Fashion photography

It is used to sell a product/lifestyle; it is a glamorous, fast-paced industry. A very creative field, it requires good communication skills to give directions & explain different poses to the model. Good understanding of lighting is needed –knowledge of how to use natural lighting, operate studio lights and how to use reflectors to create visually appealing photos. Technical skills are also required for post-production. 

Portrait photography

Portraits can be for weddings, for family, or to capture the personality of a person.

wedding portrait photography

Photo by Omkar Kadam, a professional wedding and fashion photographer. For more such amazing images, do check his Instagram profile here instagram.com/pixelerphotography/

Pro tips for Portrait Photography:

  • Make your subject/model feel comfortable and communicate/suggest different poses for the shoot
  • Go for a wide aperture/opening (small f/number) to create a Shallow Depth of Field that will keep the subject in sharp focus and make them stand out and blur the background (you can also use aperture priority mode)
  • Your subject can blink/move, so use fast shutter speed of 1/125 sec depending on the lighting conditions, try to use a low ISO of 100 – 200 
  • Use props to add some visual interest and context
  • Natural daylight is the best light for a portrait photography or else you can create light with flash or use studio lighting
  • Focus on the eyes of the subject; the eye contact between the subject and the viewer makes for an engaging and powerful photograph that could tell a story about your subject or reveal your subjects’ mood or personality
  • Crop above any joints (avoid cropping through neck, elbow, knees)

Click on the below Image to see the Comic wherein the Camera explains Jo, the concept of Fashion/Portrait Photography with the help of practical examples.

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Product Photography/ Food Photography

Product Photography

Product photography is used to attract customers to buy a product by showcasing great photos that give important information of the product – its shape, colour, size and so on. Product photography could be for a hotel that can be displayed on their website, it could be for real estate or food of a restaurant etc.

Pro tips for Food Photography:

  • Depending on the height, size & shape of the food, you can either photograph it from the front or from the top that best highlights its qualities
  • Use cooking utensils, tableware, ingredients, sauces, herbs, spices, spoons, jars, glasses, pepper grinder & other related props in the foreground or background to add depth to your photograph
  • Colour Theory will help you decide on what background to use to make the food photo visually appealing
  • Go macro, go close
  • As per your comfort, use natural light or club it with studio light and reflectors to avoid shadows that hide the details of the food

Click on the below Image to see the Comic wherein the Camera explains Jo, the concept of Product/Food Photography with the help of practical examples.

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Few more ways to earn money in photography:

  • Sell your photos on stock websites like iStock (Getty Images), Shutterstock, EyeEm etc.
  • Enter photography competitions/contests and stand a chance to win prizes
  • Be a photography tutor on any online course platforms or design your own photography courses with/without photography tours, conduct photography workshops
  • Place ads in your photography blogs – get paid every time a visitor clicks on these ads or place sponsored links within your blog content – get paid every time a visitor clicks on these links or makes a purchase through these links  
  • If you have good amount of followers onInstagram, you can collaborate with brands and take pictures of their products and sell/advertise them through your Instagram account
  • Some wedding photographers do need help in post-processing of the wedding photos – if you have good post-processing skills in Lightroom or Photoshop you can offer your services
  • Become a photojournalist or a freelance photographer for a travel magazine/portal etc.

When you do photography: Remember the 5E’s – Explore, Experiment, Experience, Enjoy & Express to develop your own style as a photographer.

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Camera Settings for Astrophotography: Northern Lights Photography, Milky Way Photography, Star Trails Photography

Astrophotography is one of the best ways to break the routine and reward yourself with novel experiences that inspire beautiful creations. It transports you to another world while you photograph the astronomical objects, celestial events, and areas of the night sky on your trip to new & exotic places. From Moon Photography and Star Trails Photography to Milky Way Photography and Northern Lights Photography, Astrophotography helps you discover, capture and reveal the mysterious beauty of our universe.

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Photo by Chris Slagle, landscape photographer and Grand Prize Winner of the 2020 AAA World Photo Contest. For more such amazing images, do check his Instagram profile here instagram.com/chrisslagle_/

How to photograph the Milky Way

Milky Way Photography is capturing the band of light formed from the stars seen in the clear, cloudless night sky (with no moon) of remote areas/countryside that has minimal light pollution.

Below is the recommended setting for Milky Way Photography:

Camera Settings – A Tripod is needed, use a wide angle lens i.e. focal length of 14 mm or the widest focal length available in your camera, Aperture: f/2.8, Shutter Speed: 30 sec, ISO 3200, set the focus to infinity (you will find the infinity symbol ∞ on your camera lens). If you don’t have the infinity symbol ∞ then go for the hard stop of your camera’s focus ring which is the place at which the focus ring will turn no further.

Pro tip: To avoid a blur image caused by the motion of the stars (due to earth’s rotation) and use of long exposure/slow shutter speed, go for the 500 rule/focal length.

For instance – in the above mentioned setting, 14mm is the focal length, so 500/14 = 35 sec, so shutter speed should be lower than 35 sec, so you can use 30 sec.

milky way photography

Photo by Daniel Damschen, Product Designer and a Photographer. For more such amazing images, do check his Instagram profile here instagram.com/damschend/

How to photograph Star Trails

For Star Trails photography which is capturing the circular movement of stars in the night sky – choose a night with no moon, a dimly lit location, go for long exposure/slow shutter speed, use a foreground for better composition, wide angle lens & a tripod and set the focus to infinity.

Option 1: Use the Bulb Mode

Bulb mode is a shutter speed option for long exposures/very slow shutter speed that you can use only in Manual mode. For instance, if you want keep the shutter open for longer periods than 30 sec, go for Bulb Mode. In this mode, as long as you keep the shutter button pressed before taking the shot that much long will be the exposure.

Shutter speeds for a star trail, ranges from anywhere between 10 minutes to several hours.

Camera Settings: Use the widest Aperture: f/3.5 or less, Bulb Mode: 30 min exposure/shutter speed, ISO: 200. You will need a remote shutter release/cable release that allows you to lock the shutter button for long exposures like 30 min without having to keep the shutter button pressed with your finger for longer periods.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to use a very long exposure/slow shutter speed, you can increase the ISO.

Option 2: Use the Intervalometer

Instead of Bulb mode, you can use an intervalometer which is an advanced remote shutter release that automatically triggers the shutter at timed intervals.

How to use Intervalometer/Recommended Setting

Set the Shutter Speed to 30 secs and set the intervalometer to take 100 shots continuously at an interval of 1 sec to avoid breaks between trails. Seasoned Photographers take many pictures using intervalometer and combine them during post processing to create the final star trail image.

How to photograph the Northern Lights

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Photo by Chris O’Donnell, an Engineer and a Photographer. For more such amazing images, do check his Instagram profile here instagram.com/christophurous/

Known by various names – northern lights, polar lights and aurora borealis, it is a natural light display in the dark skies of high-latitude regions. You can take pictures of this spectacular ballet of light with a colour palette of green, violet, blue, and pink in places closer to the Arctic Circle – Iceland, Norway, Alaska, Greenland, Sweden, Finland and Canada.

For photographing Northern Lights – you need a place where the sky is dark, clear with no clouds. If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, mid-October through March (winter months) is the best time which increases your chances of seeing the northern lights due to extended hours of night time and clear cloudless night skies. You can check with the locals or check the aurora forecast apps/websites for predicted aurora activity.

For your Iceland winter trip, you will need layered clothing – thermal wear, wind and waterproof jackets with a hoodie, winter boots, woollen socks & gloves, a thermos for keeping hot tea/beverages. Remember to carry spare camera batteries (batteries die fast in cold climate), a rain cover for your camera and a flashlight.

Camera Settings:

Use a tripod, wide angle lens and set the focus to infinity. To avoid camera shake/blur images, use a remote shutter release or self-timer mode. Use Aperture: f/2.8 or the lowest f-number you can get on your camera, Shutter Speed: 20 sec, ISO 1600. Experiment with the settings – if the image has come out too bright, then lower the ISO or increase the shutter speed. On the other hand, if your image has come out too dark, increase your ISO or use a slower shutter speed.

Bonus: Night photography tips

Light trail photography settings

While photographing the street at night, the scene would look very dark. So, your DSLR camera’s light meter will brighten up the exposure to maintain 18% gray and result in a washed-out image. You will have to dial down Exposure Compensation (EC) to -3, -4 or -5 to make the photograph resemble the natural night scene. You can also use the self-timer mode to avoid camera shake/blur image.

light trail photography

Aperture: f/11, ISO: least ISO (Lo1), Shutter Speed: 25 secs, EC: -5

Fireworks photography settings

Aperture (mid-small) f/8 to f/16, ISO 100, Bulb Mode: keep the shutter button pressed until the firework sequence ends & then release the button. (Use a tripod and remote shutter release to avoid camera shake/blur image)

Alternatively, you can experiment with ISO settings from 400 to1600 using a wide aperture and fast shutter speed.

We bring you ‘Jo & His Camera’ Comic Strips wherein a Magical Camera gives DSLR photography tutorials to an aspiring photographer named Jo.

Click on the below Image to see the Comic wherein the Camera explains Jo, the concept of Astrophotography with the help of practical examples.

northern lights

When you do photography: Remember the 5E’s – Explore, Experiment, Experience, Enjoy & Express to develop your own style as a photographer.

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Have you tried astrophotography, yet? We would love to know about your experiences, do share them in the comment box below.

Creative Photography

Creative Photography Ideas for the Budding Photographer in You

Life is beautiful! And if you want to make it amazing, fun & inspiring – focus on nurturing & developing your creative hobbies (photography could be one). It will help you creatively express and share your experiences with others and thereby increase your happiness quotient.

Photography is an art; using creative photography ideas – props and composition techniques will help you take your photography skills to the next level.

Some of the ideas include creatively posing with the sun (Silhouette Photography), photographing a scene/object from a different angle (for instance – capturing a person jumping above you while you lie on the floor and photograph them), throwing colours in the air while you photograph the scene, photographing spectacular moments caused by natural activity or different lights, photographing reflection of the subject/scene on a person’s sunglasses or rear-view mirror of the car and so on.

All these photography tricks & techniques make the viewer wonder how the photographer manged to create such amazing photographs.

Take a look at the below photographs to get a better understanding of Creative Photography:

Bokeh effect created with fairy lights in the background give the illusion that colourful bubbles are coming out of the jar placed in the foreground

Creative Photography

To know more about Bokeh, click here

Scene photographed from the cable car when it was drizzling sets the mood (You can spray water/colours in the air to create extraordinary images)

Creative Photography

Photographed kaleidoscopic effect of a retail outlet display glass in a mall (You can look for such interesting installations that amaze the viewer and captures their attention)

Creative Photography

Used the Panning technique: The background is blur but the moving subject (cab) is in focus and appears sharp.

Creative Photography

To know more about panning, click here

Night photography: Captured the surreal experience of Ganga Aarti

Creative Photography

Great divide within reflected in nature: Setting sun imparts two different colours to clouds based on their height (also the sea reflects it)

Creative Photography

Placed Lord Krishna keychain on the money plant and photographed it through a paper cup that was cut from the bottom (Try using props to give a different perspective of your subject)

Creative Photography

Photographed images of the lanterns that was captured in the smartphone camera

Creative Photography

Bokeh effect created with fairy lights in the background reflects its colours on the transparent Lord Ganesh idol placed in the foreground

Creative Photography

Bitter gourds in the shape of Lord Ganesh & his Mushak (mouse)

Creative Photography at home

Photographs of the same Raven captured in different poses stitched together to create a visual story

Creative Photography

To learn Bird Photography, click here

We bring you ‘Jo & His Camera’ Comic Strips wherein a Magical Camera gives DSLR photography tutorials to Jo, an aspiring photographer

Click on the below Image to see the Comic wherein the Camera explains Jo, the concept of Creative Photography with the help of practical examples.

Creative Photography ideas

When you do photography: Remember the 5E’s – Explore, Experiment, Experience, Enjoy & Express to develop your own style as a photographer.

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We would love to know about your creative photography ideas. Do share your photographs with us in the comment box below.