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How to Make Money with Photography in South Africa

Daisy Neema
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Photography presents many opportunities through which you can make money in South Africa. Your skills and interests can help you choose a niche through which you can monetize photography art. The average pay for a photographer in South Africa is R850 per hour. However, the pay depends on several factors like the field of photography and the quality of your photos. The following are some of the ways you can make money with photography in South Africa.

1. Work as a Freelance Photographer

You can make money as a photographer in South Africa as a freelance photographer. To become a freelance photographer, you need to have a strong portfolio, and a wide network to find new projects. To succeed in this area, make sure to edit and print high-quality photos and offer excellent customer service. Freelance photographers can get projects from organizations and individuals. They also have the option to choose what project to work on.

2. Start a Photography Blog

The other way to make money from photography in South Africa is through a photography blog. You can upload pictures and photos you take to your website and start making money. To start a photography website, you need a domain name, web hosting service, and web building software. You can monetize your website through affiliate programs or advertisements.

3. Sell Prints Online

You can make money from photography in South Africa by selling photos online. Once you take pictures, you can then sell them through websites like Pixabay, Flickr, and Unsplash.  When they make a sale, they give you a commission. Alternatively, you can edit pictures yourself and sell the prints through shops and other physical locations.

4. Sell your Travel Photography Photos

If you are a frequent traveler and enjoy photography, you can make money doing both. With the increasing demand for original content, you can create and sell travel photos and videos. You can sell them to organizations such as newspapers, tour operators, airlines, travel companies, and magazines. All you need to do is ensure you take high-quality photos.

5. Teach Photography Classes

You can also make money from photography by teaching people how to take photo shoots, and how to edit images. Many people want to venture into the photography business and they need training. You need to have mastered the photography art before you can start training others. You need to set prices for your photography training.

6. Start Wedding Photography Business

Due to the high number of people weddings, the wedding photography business is a good venture. Newly wedded couples want to keep a memory of their wedding day. As such, you can start a photography business and start making money. You need high-quality cameras, photo editing tools, lenses, and photography skills.  Wedding photography is a lucrative job and is highly rewarding.  

7. Write an eBook or a Physical Book about Photography

Many people have the desire to learn about photography in South Africa. However, many of them don’t have the time to attend face-to-face classes.  You can grab this opportunity and create an eBook or physical book. Beginners can learn different techniques that help to take better shots using different types of cameras and lenses. You can write about the fundamentals of composition, exposure, and depth of field. Find something interesting to write for your audience.

Read also: How to start a photography business in South Africa. 

8. Real Estate Photography

With many people investing in real estate in South Africa, you can offer photography services to interior designers or real estate agents in South Africa. Do your research and find out about real estate companies in your area, network and identify potential clients. You can also research online through social media platforms. Look for what works best for you.

9. Make a Photo Book

Photo books are another great way to make money from photography in South Africa. However, it is still unfamiliar to many South Africans. You can be among the first people to try this out. With photo books, you can customize your photo book the way you like. You can create frames around your photographs, add text, and organize your collection of images. You can edit and compile your photo book by yourself or you can seek the services of designers who can do it for you at a fee.

How Much Do Professional Photographers Charge in South Africa?

The average hourly rate for a professional photographer in South Africa is R850. Most professional photographers' rates range between R500 and R1,000 per hour. In most cases, photographers charge fees based on their experience, quality of the photos, and type of photography. If you want to become a photographer, you need to find a niche you want to major in and then set prices for your photography business.

Summary of How to Make Money with Photography in South Africa

The above are some of the ways you can make money in photography in South Africa. To succeed in photography, you need to have an eye for detail, use good quality photography equipment, and offer excellent customer service. You also need to know how to edit photos. If you want to venture into photography, the above are some of the ways you can monetize your skills.

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