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Photography and business

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



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

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Some of Keith’s personal views about photography

  • When passion -does- make a difference promocard northlightWhy a passion for your photography will help your business if used the right way. It's never enough on its own, but used wisely it can work wonders.
  • The photographer in the orange hat keith in orange hatHow do you make your photography business stand out from the crowd. It's always best to consider what ways are actually of benefit to the business and making a profit
  • Is your photo business any good? cleaning car washAre there too many professional photographers for the size of the market today? Why analysing at your own business directions and performance is vital if you are going to carry on working in photography. The tide is coming in and the beach is looking crowded...
  • Book Review On Being a Photographer on being a photographerKeith Cooper reviews the book 'On Being a Photographer: A Practical Guide' by Bill Jay and David Hurn ISBN-13: 978-1888803068
  • Photography – I could do that… piano keysSo, you want to be a professional photographer? It takes rather more than a few ideas and people telling you that your photos are really good. There is lots of help and advice out there. Most people never act on their good ideas ...will you?
  • Film – the numbers say goodbye slide loadingA few years ago (2003) I wrote some guidelines for people looking for a camera. In it I confidently expected that whilst digital was the future, film would be round for 'quite some time' - how was I wrong?

Lighting, colour and web use of images

  • On site product product photography setup paper packBasic colour management and photography options for photographing large numbers of products out of the studio. Efficient setup reduces the processing needed
  • What paper should I use? ipf5100With a massive range of different papers available, how should you go about seeing which papers work best for your photos. Some of the choices you can consider when looking at paper types and brands for printing your photographs
  • X-rite updates i1Profiler License i1 profiler logoPerhaps 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.
  • CMYK – beyond the inkjet print Large commercial printing pressAs a photographer with work in books and magazines, it helps to know the basics of large CMYK printing and how it affects the reproduction of your images. A guide for photographers
  • CMYK for photographers new clientThere is usually no good reason for photographers to work with CMYK images. Article looks at some of the things you need to consider if you need to use CMYK.
  • Room lighting for image editing pantone coloursPaying some attention to the lighting levels and decoration in the areas where you edit photographs has a beneficial influence on quality and consistency

Books and reviews for photographers with a business

Assorted books

It’s difficult keeping up with new editions and updates – whilst many of these books are still very relevant, others date faster, so do check the other options at the foot of the Amazon page for newer items.

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

 

 

Other areas of our site that may be of interest...

All the latest articles and photo news items appear on Keith's Photo blog 

We've a whole section of the site devoted to  Digital Black and White photography and printing. It covers all of Keith's specialist articles and reviews.

Categories include Colour management and Keith's camera hacks - there are over 800 articles/reviews here...

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