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Articles about the business side of photography – how to be a pro photographer

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Keith often gets asked about becoming a professional photographer.

As he usually says, it’s more about business acumen than photographic skills… and has written a number of articles specifically covering different aspects of setting up and running a photography business.

This page indexes all our business related articles and links to a few external sites that Keith has found helpful in this area.

Keith is always happy to answer questions about anything on the site – it’s often where he gets inspiration for all our articles.

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Articles reflecting business aspects of photography

  • So, you’re thinking of becoming a photographer some time?So, you're thinking of becoming a photographer some time?So, you're sharing photos in Flickr / 500px / instagram and you're toying with the idea of taking up photography for a living some time. What sort of things should you start doing now, just in case.
  • Book Review Make money with your digital photography Erin ManningBook Review Make money with your digital photography Erin ManningKeith Cooper reviews Make money with your digital photography by Erin Manning, a comprehensive guide and introduction to the business of photography
  • X-rite updates i1Profiler LicenseX-rite updates i1Profiler LicensePerhaps not something I'd normally report, but given all the kerfuffle over the i1Profiler EULA (license) when it came out, it's worth noting that they have retrospectively altered the license.
  • Expanding your photo businessExpanding your photo businessThere are three basic ways of growing your photography business - lots of variations, but three fundamental approaches. Keith looks at examples of how these principles can apply to a pro photographer and why minor changes can multiply together to make a real difference to profitability.
  • 7 Grand ideas – key questions for a successful photo business7 Grand ideas - key questions for a successful photo businessSeven key questions you need to address about your professional photography business from the standpoint of your clients and potential clients. You may not like it but they are looking at your offerings and asking "What's in it for me?"
  • OK, what’s special about your photography businessOK, what's special about your photography businessTo get your photography business noticed you need to stand out from the crowd. Remember to market the benefits you offer as opposed to features. There are lots of similar businesses out there - you need to find the unique points that differentiate your business from the others.
  • 5 ‘M’s – Marketing for photographers5 'M's - Marketing for photographersWhy are professional photographers so bad at marketing? Some things they should consider to improve the performance of their business. Just make it easier, they all begin with the same letter.
  • Photographers – are you of value to your clients?Photographers - are you of value to your clients?As a professional photographer, do you know the value of your photographic work to your clients? Do you make the mistake of trying to sell your business features rather than the benefits clients will get from using you?

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Some of Keith’s personal views about photography

  • Is your camera good enough?Is your camera good enough?Quality standards for stock images - Is your camera good enough? Alamy have a list of cameras that they deem 'not worthy'
  • What am I happy ‘fixing’ in photos?What am I happy 'fixing' in photos?Image editing: What am I happy 'fixing' / manipulating / editing / removing in photos? Are there limits? Where does my own line go - does it matter? Is it even my job to bother about it?
  • People ‘borrowing’ stuff from your sitePeople 'borrowing' stuff from your siteWhat do you do about people using content from your web site - when is it theft? What can you do about it?
  • We have two pricesWe have two pricesWe have two prices: free and full price. Being asked to do work for free is a regular hassle for many photographers. Why I insist on being paid, until I find a shop exchanging photo credits for food.
  • How to be a professional photographerHow to be a professional photographerSome of Keith Cooper's thoughts and observations for those wanting to become a professional photographer. Things it's worth knowing about. Yes, you can be a pro photographer, but it takes more than photography skills
  • Usability – Making your web site visitors’ lives easierUsability - Making your web site visitors' lives easierWhy considering usability can really help make your web site visitors' lives easier. Happier visitor make for a better and more successful site.
  • Pictures at an exhibition – preparationPictures at an exhibition - preparationProblems, considerations and issues encountered when showing and displaying an exhibition of large photographs by Keith Cooper. Making it work for your photographs

Lighting, colour and web use of images

  • Room lighting for image editingRoom lighting for image editingPaying some attention to the lighting levels and decoration in the areas where you edit photographs has a beneficial influence on quality and consistency
  • Better pictures for your web siteBetter pictures for your web siteSimple steps for improving the quality of photos used on your web site. Things that can make a real difference.
  • Saving images for web useSaving images for web useSome of the things to consider when saving images for web use - how care with resizing and basic sharpening can give them a bit more punch

Books and reviews for photographers with a business

Training – for companies

Training other people to take better photos means I have to reflect on my own work and practices – never a bad thing to do every so often.

These are aspects of training that I provide (on location, not at our offices) as part of Northlight’s business.

We also have a training directory that is freely available for any professional photographer who offers training.

It’s arranged by location, so as long as you are a pro photographer, a free link is available

Useful external resources for photography businesses

 

 

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