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Freelance Press Photography: How to Earn From It

Updated on January 15, 2017

In this digital age, taking photographs and sending them anywhere in the world has become too easy. If you can take better photographs, you can sell them to newspapers and news magazines. You just want to know what are their requirements.

Print media looking for freelance photographers

In this digital age, taking photographs and sending them anywhere in the world has become too easy. If you can take better photographs, you can sell them to newspapers and news magazines. You just want to know what are their requirements.

From our city, about 15 daily newspapers are being published, out of which 10 are highly circulated. Beside that, there are more than 50 other periodicals including weekly, fortnightly and monthly magazines. They all require photographs on various subjects. Although most of them have their own photographers, they buy photographs also from freelance photographers. So there is a great scope to freelance photographers.

This is not limited to my city. Many newspapers and magazines are being published from every big city of the world. So there is a local market for every freelance press photographer living in big cities, and also in medium and small cities.

Further, you do not have to rely just on local market. In today's world of internet, it is very easy to sell your photographs anywhere in the world.

Example of News Photograph. The mother of a martyr saluting her only son on his funeral.
Example of News Photograph. The mother of a martyr saluting her only son on his funeral.

What Types of Photographs They Want?

Here is a brief list of the types of the photographs the newspapers and magazines require.

News Photos: The most important requirement of newspapers and news magazines is news photos. News photos include photographs of various events and happenings related to sports, inaugurations, speeches, accidents, achievements, agitations, celebrities, politics, problems in the city, announcements and many many other subjects. You can make a news out of various things. You just have to write the news in brief and mail to newspapers with the photograph.

Portraits: All newspapers and news magazines are in need of good portraits and close ups. They stock such photographs and use whenever they publish a related news. Many other magazines require portraits of beautiful women and girls, celebrities, children etc. to publish on covers and prominent pages.

Photo Features: You can sell photo features also, to the newspapers and news magazines. A photo feature is a news story with many photographs.

On Demand Photographs: The newspapers and news magazines can tell you to take photographs of specific subjects.

Example of News Photograph: Road construction in the city
Example of News Photograph: Road construction in the city

Remuneration

You get remuneration for the photographs which are accepted for publishing or to stock. The remuneration depends on many factors, mainly on the policies of the newspaper/news magazine, and on what you demand.

Established freelance photographers make more money.

Beside the remuneration, you have other benefits of being published. When you become a published photographer, you become a famous photographer. This is a great thing as it can expand your business of freelance photography.

Try Dreamstime Stock Photo Agency

You can try this photo agency to sell your photographs online.

Dreamstime

Click on the link, a page Sell your images will appear. Read it and then click on the Register Now Button. An easy sign up form will appear, just fill in it.

Please feel free to ask for any assistance by sending an email to me at: samdolian@gmail.com

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    photo-medic 4 years ago

    Great tips, will prove useful for amateurs.

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    Rhonda Humphreys 4 years ago from Michigan

    Great info. Rated up,useful and interesting.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

    You are absolutely right, sjwalsh

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    Stephen Walsh 4 years ago from Brookline, MA

    The buyers are here as well just photographers need to be able to stand their ground and demand pay instead of being taken advantage of.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

    You are right sjwalsh, here in India same thing is happening. But there are many buyers too.

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    Stephen Walsh 4 years ago from Brookline, MA

    A rising concern among those of us that freelance are the agencies move to sacrifice quality for content from citizen journalists utilizing cell phones and the like for free. Freelance photojournalism for the career minded is an endangered species.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

    Thank you Rajan for reading and leaving a comment.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Interesting and useful way to earn by clicking photographs.

    Thanks for sharing this avenue, Mahavir.

    Voted up & useful.

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    Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi Mahavir,

    This hub is very interesting as well as informative. Just now I went through your profile and am impressed. I am going to read all your hubs and get all the great information that you offer on your hubs. Thanks. Sharing it for its value. Cheers, Rema.

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