Have you ever noticed images in a book, a magazine, or a newspaper and thought "I could do that" or "My images are just as good, or better?" Or perhaps you have a burning desire to express yourself and you're planning on learning the skills necessary to produce such wonderful imagery? Don't be surprised; it's a common thought for many photo enthusiasts. Unfortunately, a lot people never take the next step and monetize their photography because the path seems too mysterious and full of rejection. Where do you go, what do you do, and who do you contact? Whether it's a current archive of images you've already produced, or photographs created from future inspiration, this chapter covers various channels for selling your imagery. You'll find ideas and some practical information for demystifying even the most intimidating of venues.
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It can be daunting when beginning your photographic journey, but a good rule of thumb is to start where you are, doing what comes easily. For example, when I began monetizing my photography, I lived in a small beach community outside of Los Angeles. I knew quite a few people from working in the entertainment business, and in sales and marketing. I also had connections to many families in my neighborhood (Figure 8.1). Along with studying the technical aspects of photography, ...