When you take a photo nowadays, whether it’s on your smartphone or on your camera; there is little chance that it will make it past a screen. We are quickly coming into more of an advanced digital age; where it is easier to pass someone a table or a phone to swipe through memories than sit down and get out the physical photo album. But what exactly can be done with the photos that are hiding on our hard drives? Here’s how to make use of being snap happy.
If you’re not too fussed about getting your photos printed, at least get them used. If they are sitting in a folder only to be glanced at once in awhile, or you have a whole host there as a byproduct of your perfect blog shot; you could turn their dormancy into money. There are a whole host of stock photo websites out there that are always on the lookout for new photographs to use. Whether this is for online newspapers, magazines or simply for people looking to promote their own personal blog; there will always be someone there willing to buy your photo – no matter how obscure it may be.
If you’re a dab-hand at capturing images that wow people, consider printing them off and framing them to sell. This can be especially lucrative in small cities and towns where there is more of a local feel and camaraderie between the community; people will be more willing to buy a photo of something that isn’t often snapped, or is a memory of their childhood that they haven’t been able to replicate themselves. It’s easy enough to do online; and you can get discounts such as walgreens photo coupons to help with the costs.
Get a feel for it by entering a few photography competitions (only low-level, you don’t have to place yourself as an expert just yet) and see how well you do; it could be that you have spectators there who are willing to buy your work from you. If not, you can always hang them up in your home for some cheap and personal decorations; which are a reflection of where you have been and what you’ve been up to.
Memories for Friends
If you have some snaps of your friends; get them printed and make a collage for them or stick them in a card. There’s something so unique about receiving printed photos nowadays; and they are amazing mementos to keep in a box or use as you wish. There are always lovely photo frames available to buy; so you could even present them with your photograph already boxed up inside ready to hang up on their wall of stand on a shelf. Think back to how many photographs your parents or grandparents had while you were younger and how good it was to look back on them as a social activity. It’s still the same to do, but we lose the specialness of it when we do it on a gadget. Go back to basics … it always wins.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.