Starting a Photography Business Will Be Easier With These 30 Free Tips
When you're a keen photographer and you have the desire to spend your working life
doing something you enjoy such as photography, it would be a shame if you didn't pursue it
further wouldn't it? You really don't have to join an institution or pay thousands of
dollars to get started either. You simply need the passion to learn and persist. Most
great photographers who rely on their trade to survive don't even know they have these
traits because they love what they do and they simply can't stop.
It's true that there is wealth to be made in photography and I'm not going to down play
that or make a pitch to the opposite because in every case, it's been up to the
individual. Meaning - it depends on what mode of photography they choose, how much time
they put into the business, do they have a commercial bent, are they more artistic than
usual etc. All these points come into play when success in a photography business or
studio is questioned.
I don't want to create any false hopes by that last paragraph because success will
require some hard work, tolerance and patience. These thirty tips should help you
along the way.
1. Where can I obtain information on building a photography business? Always do some
extensive research before starting out a career with your own photography business so that
you understand the pros and cons involved. Some ideas include subscribing to a good
magazine related to the photographic industry such as Professional Photographer, Camera
Arts and Photo District News. Besides that, the internet is the biggest source of
information and can provide you with a plethora of career opportunities or even more
information on starting a photography business.
2. At which level do you want to start your photography business? This is the trickiest
question that a person interested in starting a business encounters. It is very important
to decide what kind of photography business you want so that the relevant requirements and
(sometimes) finance can be muscled up.
3. When is the best time to start a fully-fledged photography business? After deciding
on what you need and any extra necessary equipment that is needed to set up the basic
infrastructure, you will need to consider carefully your main tool - the camera, be it
digital or film. You must also consider carefully a reliable, high-quality PC and good
relevant software to manipulate your photographs with special effects. If the business is
being undertaken on a massive scale then maybe a developing lab needs to be planned and
4. What kind of venues will yield real income to your business? A newly established
business in photography requires an assured location or a beat (working locally), as in
journalism. For instance, wedding photography, sports related photography or developmental
photography. Once established, business can also be diversified into many more fields.
5. Building a photography portfolio. It is always important to compile a good portfolio
as far as photography is concerned. A portfolio must contain a collection of pertinent
photographic work that you believe to be impressive. Make sure that photographs are
unusual in character and are from diverse fields. Your portfolio must be able to impress
the client in the very first meeting.
6. Don't keep all the photographs that you have in your possession. Only keep your best
work in the folder so that you don't embarrass yourself or find yourself having to explain
photographs that aren't relevant.