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Snap It. Or How to Turn Your Hobby Into A Cash Maker

You've just got your new digital camera and you literally cannot get your hands off it? Well that's a brilliant start of a new hobby and yet another way to earn some cash while having fun.

Digital photography became quite popular recently mainly because of the affordability of the digital cameras and photography equipment. While several years ago having a digital camera was a luxury, nowadays it is quite common. Yet another good news is that almost any digital camera is making decent if not perfect pictures so you really do not need to go for expensive professional equipment.

The first thing to do if you are after digital photography is to learn how to use your camera. Read the guide that came along it carefully and test all the functions. Make as many pictures as possible just to become familiar with the way the camera works. The next step is to gain some knowledge about photography. After all photography isn't all about being tech-savvy and knowing how to use a camera. It is about capturing a moment, conveying a message, sharing a feeling. A good place to start is the National Geographic site that will give you 90% of the information on the subject.

All set? Well, now it is time to think about how to earn some cash out of your hobby. In fact the ways to help your budget while enjoying digital photography are more than you have imagined. Here are some fresh ideas.

Go online.
Making pictures of anything you came across can earn you some money, especially if their quality is high. Simply look for image databases or poster websites. Many will accept your photos and will pay you if someone is interested in using your images.

People Photography.
Family, friends, co-workers - everybody has special moments they want captured. Graduations, birthdays, wedding, baby showers are just a few of the events you can go to and make fabulous pictures. Not only this - you can get paid for your service. Of course you can keep the best ones and still publish them online (see idea #1).

Freelance Photo Journalist.
Why don't you contact a local magazine or a newspaper and become a freelance photo journalist. All you will need to do is to go to various public events such as parades, pet contests, sport, fashion, celebrity events and take photos. You will be paid per image. While this might be more time consuming and exhausting job it has good prospects also. If you are doing well you might be offered a permanent photographer's position. In essence it is good example how your hobby can turn into a long-term job.

Become an Artist.
A bit more complicated and only for those who have artistic nature. Digital photography is not only making pictures of people and still life. It is about showing your point of view. For this reason there are many artists who do not paint or make sculptures but make photos. You can try the same. All you will need to do is to gather a sufficient amount of images and contact a local gallery to display them.


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