Off the wall

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Gal­leries are another op­tion. Ar­range a meet­ing with the man­ager, and take along some of your work. Don’t worry about full-blown prints; a com­puter with ten or so of your most suit­able images will be enough. The type of images that are suit­able will vary ac­cord­ing to the type of gallery, but if you live in a tourist hotspot then lo­cal views are likely to do well. Gal­leries will have dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments and com­mis­sion rates for sell­ing your work and you may have to pay a monthly fee in ad­di­tion to a per­cent­age of ev­ery photo that sells. The qual­ity of your fram­ing is im­por­tant, and it pays to get this done pro­fes­sion­ally. Some gal­leries can ar­range this for you.

Self-pub­lish­ing a pho­to­book is another way to get your best work seen by a new au­di­ence and po­ten­tially bring enough money in to en­able you to up­grade your kit. You can print on de­mand rather than hav­ing to com­mit to a large print run, and the ful­fil­ment of any or­ders is han­dled by the print­ing house. Blurb (www.blurb.com) has one of the most im­pres­sive set-ups, en­abling you to dis­trib­ute your book through Ama­zon as well as its own web­site. To cre­ate your book, you can drop your pic­tures into one of the book tem­plates of­fered on its web­site, or cre­ate your own. Di­rect book print­ing from Blurb is also of­fered as part of Light­room’s Book fea­ture.

If you’d rather use your time to take pic­tures, event pho­tog­ra­phy can prove to be a lu­cra­tive side­line. Whether it’s a party, fundraiser or sport­ing event, there’s money to be made tak­ing can­did and posed shots for lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions. You may have to stick with out­door events if you come up short in the light­ing depart­ment, though. Even of­fer­ing to shoot head­shots for the company you work for, while not glam­orous, can help you on your way to some new kit. Just think of the lenses or light­ing equip­ment you could buy…

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