Not ready to quit your job and go pro? You can still pick up extra cash with your camera. Posting on microstock websites (e.g., Fotolia, iStockPhoto, Shutterstock) or shooting weddings and school portraits are old standbys; here are three more opportunities.
1) Pet portraiture. Just about every town has an established portrait studio, but few photograph animals. Stand out by shooting photos of pets and their owners. Set up a simple studio in your garage, or go to their homes or backyards.
2) Event photography. Bring your digital camera and a compact photo printer (try Hewlett-Packard’s Photosmart A626 for $150, street, or Epson’s PictureMate Dash-PM 260 for $95, street) to carnivals, street fairs, parades—anywhere people gather—and snap candid moments or posed portraits. You’ll get more comfortable talking to strangers, and even if they don’t buy your photos, you’ll build your portfolio.
3) Photo books.** Try a service such as Blurb Book Publishing (www.blurb.com) to make souvenir photo books of events or to put your knowledge in print with a text-and photo DIY book. Then promote and sell your creation on the site’s online storefront. You set the price and pocket the profit.