You're ready to travel the world …
and get paid for it.
It's just that you'd like a
little more information first …

Answers to Frequently Asked
Questions about Turn Your Pictures
Into Cash: A Comprehensive
Program in Taking and Selling Amazing Photographs


Who should take this Program?
Turn Your Pictures Into Cash is perfect for:

  • Anyone who takes pictures at home or on their vacations that would like to turn those pictures into cash.
  • The would-be professional photographer (would be if he could, but doesn’t know how).
  • The serious amateur photographer who would like to take his/her hobby to the next level.
  • The average Joe who simply likes to take snapshots and would like to get paid for doing it.
  • The traveler who would like to upgrade her travel status and stay first class without having to pay for it
  • Anyone who wants to see their pictures in print.

We've had both published and novice photographers sign up for our programs – the written Turn Your Pictures into Cash program and the live workshops. And, to the last, they tell us it was worthwhile – they'd do it again.

Our photography program is geared for someone who is not a photographer (at least, not yet) but who is interested in launching a sideline or full-time career as such.

It includes everything from … how to research the markets best suited to pay for your photos, how to approach a client, how to set your fees, how to make your photos unique and interesting, how to put together a professional portfolio, how to find out more about (and travel on) press and fam trips, the difference between a good photograph and a saleable one and more …

This program will show you how to start selling your photographs and begin enjoying all the perks — the travel, access to places where only professionals are usually allowed, the prestige and, of the course, the money — and how to do it quickly.

How much can I expect to make as a photographer?
I’m not exaggerating. You can make a good living selling your photographs to magazines and newspapers, book publishers, stock photo agencies, and galleries. In fact, it’s entirely possible to earn a great living and live like royalty while you’re doing it.

But you can only do it if you are willing to make a commitment to enhance your trade and skills thoroughly. This is where our program comes in. It will show you the tricks of the trade. However, you should know that your success in selling your photographs will be directly proportional to how well you take to those tricks of the trade.

True, if you simply want to make a little extra money and enjoy the perks, you can do that, too. Even so, there’s a lot you’ll need to know. The fact is that more than six million photographs are published every year in the US print media alone. That’s more than 16,000 per day.

Black-and-white photographs routinely sell for $25, $50, even $100. For color photographs you can double those fees. And the demand for good photography far exceeds the capabilities of the few truly great professional photographers.

To give you a better idea of how much you can expect for each photo, flip a book like Photographer's Market (you can probably find one in your local library). There you'll find a listing of publications that publish freelance photos and how much they pay for each. The range is significant. Backpacker Magazine, for example, pays up to $1000 for cover photos and between $100 and $600 for images they publish inside. Cruising Magazine pays $600 for cover shots and up to $300 for photos used inside. And Mountain Living pays as much as $250 for cover shots and as much as $600 for inside shots.

Remember though – you can't simply buy the program and expect to be a good photographer overnight. You need to be able to produce consistently good photos, develop a proven track-record, and market yourself full-time if you intend to make this a full-time endeavor.

This program is really a way to jump-start your career … a primer that provides you with everything you need to make this kind of lifestyle work for you. We're talking about real-world techniques that will not only help you shoot better photos, but will help you market yourself effectively and painlessly. The idea here is to cut months, even years, off your learning curve and prevent you from making common mistakes … mistakes that can easily be avoided by knowing a few industry secrets most people don't know.

What do I need to be a photographer? Will I have to buy a ton of equipment?
Being a freelance photographer does, of course, require a camera. But it doesn't require a ton equipment up front. Begin with what you already have. And then as you get better and better at taking saleable pictures, and learn more about what camera will suit your needs best, you can consider upgrading.

Photography is a field that has endless appeal for people who love gadgets – lenses, filters, light meters, tripods, etc. – and most of these tools, when used properly can improve your photos or give you more control in taking your pictures. But they aren't necessary to get started (although a small tripod is really handy!)

You don't need a degree in photography to become a professional photographer, either. Or lots of money. Or fancy computer equipment.

But you do need a desire to succeed. You need an interest in seeing new places and meeting new people. You need to be observant. And, finally, you need to have a commitment to go out and take pictures.

In other words: You do have to apply yourself. You wouldn't expect to stroll out onto a golf course and play six under par if you'd never actually put a club in your hand or taken a swing. You have to practice. Professional athletes, musicians, dancers … they practice all the time. It's what allows them to master their crafts.

With photography, it's no different. If you really want to hone your skills and achieve expert status, you've got to actually apply the skills you learn in the program by getting out and taking pictures.

Are publications really looking for photographs from freelancers?
Indeed they are … in fact, the 2005 edition of Photographer's Market lists 2,000 places that regularly need photos.

Add to that ever-expanding number a whole host of travel-related web sites. And consider, too, publications elsewhere in the world. Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., Hong Kong, Kenya, Israel, Europe, Argentina, Iceland … the list goes on.

Point is: There is almost unlimited opportunity to get your photographs published. The key is in finding the right market for what you have to sell. You have to understand your audience … discern what will appeal to an editor and their readers, and shoot for those needs. That's just one of the secrets, techniques, and skills our program delivers.

Is freelance photography a full-time or a part-time job?
That is up to you. Photography is certainly something many people do full-time. Photographers work on magazine assignments, they work for galleries, they work for stock agencies, for individuals, for commercial clients … the list goes on and on. Many travel regularly to report on far-flung destinations and also augment income earned that way with assignments closer to home.

Photography is equally well-suited as a part-time endeavor. It's ideal for somebody who wants to photograph weddings on the weekends, who already travels for another job and has the chance to shoot a number of locations, for somebody looking for an excuse to travel, or for somebody looking to build a sideline business serving local companies.

Can I talk to somebody who has already enrolled in the program?
Yes. Simply go to the Online Forum on our website and post your questions for current program members.

Here's the link: http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/forums/

Our Forum is an active message board where new and old members share ideas, brainstorm, and answer questions. When you enroll in our photography program, you aren't left alone to wonder if you're doing things right … you can simply ask.

It's a way to connect with other budding photographers who are as eager as you to enjoy the good life … and with people who are already having success and can share their own stories about what's worked for them …

Go ahead, ask them what they think of the program. We feel confident they'll have praise to share.

What if I order the photography program and decide it's not for me? Can I get my money back?
Yes. Absolutely. No questions asked. Subscribe to Turn Your Pictures Into Cash and examine your first installment for 30 days. If you decide within that time that photography is not for you, simply return the materials (unmarked and in good condition) for a full refund. It's that simple.

After the initial 30-day period if, for any reason, you want to stop the additional installments from coming to your mailbox, contact us to let us know, and we will discontinue your subscription immediately.

American Writers & Artists Institute
245 NE 4th Avenue, Suite 102
Delray Beach, FL 33483.
Phone: 561-278-5557
Toll Free: 866-879-2924
E-mail: memberservices@awaionline.com
Fax: 561-278-5929

What makes your program better than a book I could pick up at the library or a class I'd take at my local college?
Turn Your Pictures Into Cash offers numerous advantages a book or a standard university course simply cannot match. Here are just 5 of the ways our program gives you more. It …

  • Builds your understanding with practical, real-life lessons geared, at every step, to get you working immediately … and earning real checks as a photographer. There's nothing lofty, vague, or fanciful in it. That's because our panel of experts, focus on the practical, proven-in-the-real-world techniques they have used over the years as professionals to help you produce better pictures.
  • Helps you, get your first "clip," your first by-line on a photo you're paid for. This program gets you a foot in the door with the editors at a publication eager to pay you for your work. What it means is that you'll be working on a potential submission as you journey through this program – not some made-up homework exercise. And when your photos are done, and you've polished them under the guidance of the program, you can send them directly to editors. If they like them, they'll publish them … complete with your by-line. And pay you, too.
  • Provides a network of built-in support. This is not like other programs you might have seen – where you get a book in the mail, and then that's it … good luck, hope it works out for you. (For that matter, it's not like most universities either, where you get your degree and then it's out into the real world with no practical guidance.)

Instead, here you get a whole network of built-in support. If you have questions or a problem while you're working through the program, you can always call the Member Services Director for help at 561-278-5557 or toll free at 866-879-2924.

  • Allows you to work through the program at your own pace. If you're like most people, you're busy. Time gets away from you. And squeezing in a class a few hours twice a week just seems impossible. With Turn Your Pictures Into Cash, you work through the program at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home.
  • Offers a truly astounding value … surprisingly affordable. Unlike a university course that could easily cost you thousands of dollars, you can get started here for less than $80, the price for your first installment. Though the secrets, techniques, and industry tips this program provides are certainly worth four figures … the total price tag is less than $500. What’s more, the course can quickly pay for itself many times over in free travel and paid-for photos.
You offer both the Turn Your Pictures Into Cash program and photography workshops? Which should I take?
One benefit of the Turn Your Pictures Into Cash is that it's self-paced – you can make whatever time commitment you are able to each day or week or even month and still move steadily. You choose the time of day that you practice and you don't have to be anywhere at a specific time.

Another benefit of Turn Your Pictures Into Cash is its affordability. On the monthly installment plan, you can get started for just $79 and then pay only $39 each month for eleven months. Plus, it's flexible, you can put payments on hold temporarily or double up on payments so you complete the course faster – whatever works best for you.

Our photography workshops, of course, have their own advantages. They are a live presentation, so you get in-person advice and tips from established, professional photographers. And you get to network with other photographers.

The workshops crams everything into four days … after the event wraps up, you'll have the start of an incredible portfolio and you'll be ready to market to a magazine or other publication. The biggest advantage of the workshops is that the members who take them have a higher success rate – they come away motivated and prepared to be a photographer in just four days.

What are other people saying about Turn Your Pictures Into Cash and the people behind it?
These notes are typical of the praise we get …

"I entered a photo in an online photography contest and they chose my picture for the "asymmetric composition and the light used." So the picture will be in their next book, which sells for $70as a collection of great photography. And as a finalist, I'm eligible for the $5000 draw!! This is my very first publication. Is this a great kickstart or what? Bonjour et merci Lori pour ton inspiration à Canmore, Alberta, dans les montagnes rocheuses canadiennes!" – Hugo Daigle

Chuck Belitz writes to tell us thank you and that he just sold two photos and an article to the Anniston Star about a trip he took to Iraq back in 2004.

Freelance travel writer and photographer Francis Caldwell wrote to tell us that Highways Magazine has accepted another article and more photos from him. This one's titled, "How one RVing couple avoid 'Pain at the Pump.'" It's the fourth article Highways Magazine has published over the years from him, including one cover.