I live in Brisbane, Australia, and have been an airline pilot since 2008. I’ve always enjoyed taking photographs, from the Canon 400D I got in 2005, to the trusty 7D I picked up during a slip (layover) in Singapore in 2014, and for those quick unplanned snaps – my iPhone. I’ve also added the DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Mini 2 to my kit for aerial views (something that I’ve been sorely missing during the period without flying).
Up until the 2020-2021 COVID-imposed stand down from my job, I mostly thought of photography as a hobby, and while I shared photos from my travels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, I wasn’t really trying to make any money from it. The significant drop of income forced me to find ways to make what coin I could, so I turned my hobby into a semi-professional pursuit.
I’ve been uploading my drone photos to an aerial photography stock photography site, other photos to a number of general stock photography sites, and creating some web portfolios on sites that allow people to purchase prints. I also purchased a decent photo printer (Canon Pro-1000), and set up an Etsy account to sell unframed prints directly.
Getting that first email notification that I had sold my first stock photography photo was a very good feeling! …even if the amount received was only small. But I hope it is the start of many more to come.