How to Start a Photography Business That Works
No doubt about it, if you enjoy photography this is a great career to have for the rest
of your life. You can work hard and make an excellent and enviable income or you can work
less, make a decent income and put more time into the parts of photography you prefer.
Do you have a passion for photography? Do you dream of making your hobby into a
full-time job working for yourself? All you need is a place at home converted into a work
space, and you are ready to setup and start working. You will also need to market yourself
so people know what you do and how to find you.
Make sure you have a good portfolio to show potential clients.
Think of it like this - Would you a hire a photographer if they could not show you
examples of their work to impress you? If the answer is no then - Why would your potential
clients hire you if you don't have an impressive portfolio?
Photography Equipment for Starting Out
All you need to start is a good SLR digital camera, a photo editing program like Adobe
Photoshop and a computer. This is how simplistic photographic equipment has become. You
can go out and spend money on extra equipment but until you can afford more, you can
always hire it.
Skills of a Digital Photographer
In the old days, a photographer needed very specialist skills. That's not to say they
don't still. It is just the focus on skills has changed. The digital age has made it so
much easier to manipulate and print your own photos and images. Consider there is nor more
film to buy, nor chemicals for that matter. Anyone with a good eye, a love for photography
and a willingness to learn can turn their hobby into a successful photography business.
The demand for photographs is higher than ever before; what, with online businesses
shooting up all over the place. That doesn't look like stopping any time soon. But the
price paid for photographs is lower than in the past. This is because competition has
risen so much with so many photographers competing against each other worldwide.
However, there has been a rise in demand for photos. More and more people are shopping
online. Every e-commerce website needs photos of their products. Every corner of the market
needs more photos than ever because they are now so much more visual - travel agents, real
estate, celebrations; in fact almost any subject matter you can see or think of can be
relayed through photography in some way.
When thinking of setting up as a freelance photographer think about what niche market
your interests fit into. See what people are already doing and charging, and look at where
you fit in. What do you do that is so special? Take a look at other photographer's prices
and see if you can charge less.
But in considering this, think about your skills and make sure you do not undervalue
yourself or your overheads. There is no point working cheaper than your competitors if it
means you make no money. You also need to think about how you will transfer the copyright
or ownership of a photograph to a buyer. Maybe you need to draw up some release forms to
suit the situation.