How to Save Money as a Photographer

The Artists Shire
3 min readFeb 28


If you are treating photography as a business, you expect to make money. Now, I believe you make money as a photographer, maybe not the Musk kind of money but decent enough money to maintain your lifestyle. If you’re not making money at all as a photographer, then I will have to write another article just for you on how to land your first client.

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As a photographer, there are several ways to save money without sacrificing the quality of your work. Here are some tips:

  1. Buy used gear: Consider buying used camera gear from reputable sources. This can save you a significant amount of money, and you can often find gear in excellent condition. Only once have I purchased a new camera and that was my very first, the Nikon D7100. The ones that followed were all used camera gear, including lenses.
  2. Rent equipment: Instead of buying expensive equipment that you may only need for a short time, consider renting it. Renting equipment can be a cost-effective way to get the gear you need without committing to a long-term investment. Don’t purchase a piece of equipment you would rarely use and allow it to collect dust in the corner of your house. Only invest in equipment you’ll use regularly. Renting can be a smarter way to save money if you do that wisely.
  3. Use free editing software: There are many free editing software options available, such as GIMP, LightZone, and RawTherapee. These programs can provide powerful editing capabilities without the expense of a paid software subscription.
  4. Print selectively: Only print your best work and avoid printing every photo you take. This will save you money on printing costs and also help you focus on creating high-quality images.
  5. Attend free workshops and seminars: Many photography schools and organizations offer free workshops and seminars on various topics. Attend these events to learn new skills, network with other photographers, and gain valuable knowledge.
  6. Use natural light: Instead of using expensive lighting equipment, try using natural light sources like windows, lamps, or reflectors. This can provide a beautiful, natural look to your photos without the expense of lighting equipment. The sun has been my main light for a long long time, and I still use it to this day. I mean, what else could I use? I’m an outdoors photographer who makes lots of silhouettes.
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7. Use social media to promote your work: Instead of paying for expensive advertising, use social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to promote your work. This can be an effective way to reach a large audience without spending a lot of money. I do not own a website. I do not see the use of it currently. If I wish to blog, I blog here and on LinkedIn. If I want to share photos, I do that on Instagram and Vero. There are many different platforms for different things to help you as a photographer. You don’t necessarily need to spend to get your work seen.

By implementing these tips, you can save money as a photographer while still producing high-quality work.

Thank you for checking this article out, if this brought you value, I’m certain you’ll love my books on Amazon. My name is Clement Eastwood, and I’m here to bring you value.