Several millions homes nowadays have some kind of photography equipment. Some operators are strictly amateurs but others do a professional job shooting for fun, even with very inexpensive equipment.
If you own a camera and can take some reasonably good pictures, you definitely can make money with your hobby by selling pictures.
The market for pictures is tremendous. It has been estimated that magazines and newspapers buy over 60 millions photos a year, although most of the pictures are taken by professional photographers, there is a good deal of non professional hobbyists making a good extra income selling their pictures to specialized markets, little known by the majority of people.
This information is intended to help you find a market for your pictures, assuming you already take pictures good enough to be sold. If you feel that your work could be improved, there are a number of courses available, and you can also develop professional touch and technical know-how by simply subscribing to specialized magazines.
There is an incredible amount of markets for selling your pictures, and the number is growing every day.
The beginners should avoid markets already overcrowded by professional competitors, like very well known magazines, which obviously deal only with professionals.
The best markets for a non professionals are
* Trade journals,
* Special interest magazines,
* Real Estate,
* Small local papers.
By consuming a great amount of pictures, maintaining a constant demand for new ones, and paying less than well known magazines, they avoid the competition of professional and industrial photographers, and buy mostly from non professionals like yourself.
Special interest magazines attract very special groups of readers. For example, magazines on hobbies, sports, gardening, etc...They are bought by subscriptions or on newstands.
Trade journals are directed at very special professional and Trades. They generally sold only by subscription.