What can a photographer do in his spare time from photography? Process photos. Certainly. But if you suddenly get bored, you can develop a plan and stick to it. Here are some ideas to diversify your already busy life as a photographer.
Photo printing and photo for documents
The direction is ancient and boring, like one of a mammoth. This also includes the production of souvenirs (magnets, posters, calendars). A fairly simple lesson that anyone more or less familiar with Photoshop and other material processing programs can handle. You can even mix primitive slideshows. They will go too. Only a city for this business is better to have at least 500k residents, so that you can turn around where it was, and earn extra money, perhaps even for bread to the doshirak.
Minus one - in order to normally do this business, you need to think three timesand then think again... Choose a passing place, purchase equipment, hire personnel (well, this is in the future). I regularly watch various kinds of photo salons in, to put it mildly, non-passing places that do not live long, despite all the manufacturability and a bunch of advertising.
"If the place is cursed, then VAZ (s) will still go out."
On the other hand, there is one point in the shopping center that has been functioning properly for the third year (indicator). There is a cubbyhole by a meter and a half, of which a meter is occupied by a background, a chair and a tripod with a camera.
Souvenirs with the customer's image can be made in the form of fridge magnets, calendars, posters (you need a large printer). If you have the skill, then you can also design photo albums, create family photo books, and so on. Ideas are the sea. Limitations lie only in fantasy, will, and finances. Large inkjet printers (plotters) are expensive, but they can expand the field of activity to advertising. That is, the printing of huge banners will already be within our reach. All that remains is to find a client (although I strongly recommend doing the opposite - there is demand, but there is no supply, which means you have got to the right place).
Photo studio equipment
A tripod and a camera (you can even use it, but a DSLR or a mirrorless - you decide, there is not much difference). As an example, Nikon 1, Canon EOS M, Canon 1100D, Sony NEX) with a whale lens, or a fast portrait lens. Computer, Epson type printer with continuous ink supply system. You can look at other devices, but epsons are a company that is officially not against CISS, and even installing this system on them is less painful than on the same canons. In our city of Ch., For example, many people use Epsons for a long time and successfully. The main item of expenses after buying everything you need is rent, ink, photo paper.
The rest of the margin of safety allows you to work for a long time. Despite this, it is worth keeping a certain amount of money in stock for unforeseen expenses. If we are also going to deal with souvenirs, then we need to think about this direction. Everything is simply googled. There is one drawback - you should not get hung up on some documents, because this direction is rapidly dying out. The traffic police have their own cameras stand, electronic passports will be ... Design (even as a freelancer, including industrial design) + photo printing = not a bad option. You can keep within less than 50 thousand rubles, and inflate the budget for every taste and color. For a start, it is worth getting hold of an IP.
Instant printing of photos from a printer, including on magnets
I saw this idea in the blog of Ilya Varlamov. At some ferry in Africa, a man with a camera and a printer in his backpack darted between the cars of tourists (there are printers that have a battery built into the device, plus special photo paper with a cartridge for printing photos. Canon Selphy, for example).
So, he takes a photo, and almost instantly prints it out on this printer. The cost of 1 picture from him is about $ 5. Profit on the face. Photo processing can take place on the camera, and file transfer either via Pict Bridge (for Canon) or over the air. The idea can be transferred to events, and additionally earn extra money there by printing photos on the go to guests for sale. Investments - about 5000 rubles, subject to the presence of a camera.
Own photo studio
Many locations, props, lights. Laptop, interiors. You can start with a small apartment for rent, finish - as luck would have it (perhaps on a heating main). If you provide proper advertising and guess with the place and light, then the budget option may well pass. Further more. Prices can start from 400 rubles / hour, with a well-chosen interior and the presence of an interested audience, you can work without loss.
By the way, once in St. Petersburg a photo studio was sold for 70, it seems, thousand rubles. 150-hour access, security, 5 square meters of locations, light. 35 minutes from the metro. Rent of premises is about XNUMX thousand rubles per month. If there were funds, one could take the risk. The initial investment, subject to the availability of a camera (yes, you yourself will have to shoot in your studio), is less than one hundred thousand rubles.
If you sweat a lot, then you can do this kind of business. You take pictures, whatever you want, in any configurations, and post on photo banks. One condition is files clean, like a baby's tears, with a resolution of at least 10 megapixels, the ability to separate the background (make "isolates") in Photoshop and basic retouching skills. Investments are almost zero, if you have a camera. Exhaust - how lucky. The more images the better. You can supplement the images with cliparts of your own production.
Shutterstock is one of the largest photo banks. Previously, there were problems with the payment of fees, now I don't know how.
Writing articles on content exchanges
If you have the skills or desire, then you can try this type of earnings. For example, on etxt I regularly see articles for sale. The cost varies, you can earn 1000 rubles a day if the circumstances are right. Conditions - original content, original photos, less water and more to the point. By the way, on my site, there is not a single purchased article from such resources. (I'm stupidly copying)... I do not like the style of the authors of those very articles.
You can try to make money on the otzovik service, or Yandex Zen, but they are very specific - idiocy is present, and earnings are scanty. They mainly depend on how many articles are written in popular directions, and on licks to virtual "friends".
With some experience, you can do streaming retouching. Good retouchers make a lot of money. But they are doing well. A mediocre photo can be stretched into a normal, normal, into a good one. Depends on the thickness of the customer's wallet and the deadline. If you have knowledge in this matter, you can promote your channel for processing on YouTube.