I get this question a lot: how do you make money? Well there’s three main income streams: commissioned work, social media influencing and image licensing. Any questions drop them below 🙂 Thanks for watching! Links below!
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— Frequently Asked Questions —
What do you do for a living?
– I am a commercial timelapse photographer. This means people or brands hire me to produce timelapse or hyperlapse footage. My clients include Microsoft, Tourism Dubai, Canon Australia etc.
What’s with the vlogs?
– I was inspired to start vlogging by the vlogging greats such as Casey, Ben, Louis etc. I figured it’s a fun challenge and a great way to grow my channel. I love seeing the behind the scenes of the industry and I hope you enjoy mine!
Where do you live and where are you from?
– I live in Sydney, Australia. I moved here from Antwerp, Belgium in 2013 in the pursuit of love and adventure! Ja, ik spreek nederlands.
What gear do you use?
– I use a lot of Canon cameras, mainly the 1DXII and 5D3 (sometimes 5DSR) with a ton of lenses. Check out my gear playlist for more (
Are you sponsored by Canon?
– Nope. I just have a great relationship with them and they get me to do the occasional timelapse video for them.
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welcome everyone to my youtube channel welcome back if you've subscribed my name is matthew van de Putte or van der quitter I'm from Antwerp in Belgium and I'm a full-time time-lapse and high collapse photographer based in Sydney Australia this channels all that time lapse travel and teaching in this video kind of falls under the teaching aspect I guess one of the questions I get asked by far the most is how do you make money as a time-lapse photographer and that is a question that kind of intrigues me because when I started doing time I've signed with hobby groups because I'm likely not got a new lighting setup by the way I call that previous video talks about their lives what was I saying when I started as a hobby I was still people like yeah I mean a lot of time I was going to do it all the time but there's no way I'll ever be able to make money from this because who's going to pay for all that gear and all the time and all the editing and all the hard drives and you know you end up with a couple of seconds of video no one in the right minds going to pay for that but sense that there's lots of people that want to pay for that it's all about having the high quality work to show to the right people so a lot of the success of my career comes from networking and meeting the right people and doing all that but that's something entirely different what I'm talking about today is my three main income streams how I live and breathe and survive in Sydney I guess as a time-lapse photographers so up first number one the majority of my income I'd say is creating content for brands or agencies or destinations which is completely separate from my social media so I get paid to go create stuff for someone else its production pretty much so I deliver them you know a couple seconds and minutes of timeless or hyper lapse footage now I've expanded over the past year I'm doing more than just the time off so the hyperlapse footage also doing more high-end cinematic stuff thanks to the camera that I bought which is the one DX mark 2 so those rates are pretty high we can do a separate video about that later but obviously it's a niche product and a lot of gear and a lot of time experience and knowledge goes into it so you charge decent rates and yeah that's just pretty much what it is like you get paid a lot of money but there's also a lot of stuff like it a lot of responsibility riding on you so you got to make it work and be professional and have backups and have you know all behind gear to make sure that you deliver it for this production because you only want to be working on the high-end production design so that's I guess income stream number one income stream number two is being a trans inna social-media influencer which is the words that I really dislike the influencer bit but I guess it is what it is you're getting paid to influence people to hopefully spend money on something or some place so that can be a destination or a brand promote some things on your social media channels like Instagram or YouTube that's that's pretty simple the rates there are a bit lower unless you've got really high numbers which is really interesting I've recently had the opportunity to hang out with people that I had you know millions of followers and the rates they're talking about a mental like really really cool that they can work at a level that high and you know it's it's awesome that the figures are mind-boggling but if you realize what like classic industry figures are like like how much do you pay to be on TV or on the radio or you know a print ad in a newspaper or magazine those numbers are pretty high so it makes sense when you're working with the more targeted audience that is maybe already more engaged with this style of product that you're trying to sell it makes sense that you spend good money on that and there are advertising budgets specifically for that so that's number two now number three what's number three yeah all right Ally okay where's it going number three is image licensing so when I travel I shoot a ton of content everywhere and I share that with my audience you guys by the way next to me in and hopefully you know that audience girls and girls and out of that audience select few might have a use for a specific type of clip video or photo whatever so every now and then I get an email I came at that climax clip is awesome I'd like to use that in an ad or we want to use that in a video about this destination both of us so I didn't get all the details from them forward that to my agent who does all the licensing deals and negotiations and contract and legal stuff and he gets them paid 25% of the film I get 25% and I say that is a pretty good rate just as a random an exact this one time I got approached by Hugh Jackman's team they wanted to licensed for the two seconds I think two or two-and-a-half seconds of time-lapse content from a location I went to once for its Broadway Dolls musical and their initial offer was 400 Australian dollars and being new to licensing that might sound like a lot of money but trust me it's not anyway i forward that conversation to my agent Adrian who then went on to sell that piece of content for $1,600 so it just shows that it pays off to have a professional agent representing you for image licensing now you might be like wow that is you know crazy expensive but it's not really because think like that content was unique no one else has that if you want to shoot that you have to pay someone and hook them up with flights and transport travel accommodation expenses all that you're going to be spending way more money to try and recreate a shot like that then you you know instead of just a licensing it so that's pretty much that so those are the three main income streams YouTube Adsense a lot of people talk about it it's absolutely nothing I make very very little money on YouTube I'd say it's about less than 100 in Australian bucks a month probably shouldn't have said that I'm not entirely sure I'm allowed to share that because of the absence of whatever but then there's something really cool then I am very passionate about and called patreon it's its external website this isn't a technical plug but I'm just explaining what it is pretty much it is a website where you can support your favorite creators and I've got a small group of people on there supporting me and I just want to thank those guys heaps because that's really cool also you get some stuff in return for example the time lapse cheat sheet which has a lot of knowledge in there on like how to shoot and edit and you know export time lapses free wallpapers and if I ever get my internet sorted in this new place maybe some editing live streams and just you know live hangouts as well massive shout out by the way to my men reaching anchor who's currently the biggest patient of them all and has been an early supporter from the other day so that's really much appreciated thanks for us thanks for all that support you and all the other patrons now that's pretty much that's you know simple find how I live and breathe in Sydney which is quite an expensive city but it comes down to you know having high quality work and showing that to the right people if I can if that that's pretty much what my career is being lucky enough to have met the the right people at the right time and then always having something to show okay I do timers boom and then you dazzle them with your footage ideally hope you guys enjoy that if you have any questions comments or suggestions please drop them in the comments down below if you haven't subscribed already you can support the channel by doing so there's a ton of links in the description down below turn our poster of cases and Orient's a bit of a running joke but still going on as always I'm rambling at the end but I would sincerely like to thank you so much for watching hope you had a good time and I'll see you on the next video alright here we go take three the first one I clipped all the audio with too loud the second one ran out of memory card space because I didn't format the card beforehand and now here we are the third one welcome everyone to my youtube channel