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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

  • Stock photography is not the answer Lathe setupWhy stock photography is not the answer - bespoke photography is almost always a better solution for representing your business on your website and your marketing materials
  • Looking for a bigger photo printer test print collectionImportant questions to ask yourself when looking for a bigger photo printer wider than 13 inch width or A3+. Things that it's useful to know if you want a 17" (A2) or larger printer, it's about more than just bigger prints.
  • So, can you start a photography business photography and ice cream vanSo, can you start a photography business? Will it last? Are you sure you know the difference between photography as a hobby and running a successful and profitable photography business. Some of the things you need to think about.
  • Book Review: The photography exercise book photography exercise bookBook Review: The photography exercise book by Bert Krages. Training your eye to shoot like a pro. Subjects to study and photograph that will help train your photographic vision and produce the photos you want (and know why)
  • Book Review: Starting Your Career as a Freelance Photographer starting your freelance photo careerBook review: Starting Your Career as a Freelance Photographer (Tad Crawford, Chuck DeLaney) Just how do you run a photography business. What things do you need to address? How will you market and sell your services, and make your business last.
  • Book review – Marketing and promotion The Photographer's Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion by Maria PiscopoBook Review: The Photographer's Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion (Maria Piscopo) Reviewed by Keith Cooper, professional commercial photographer and author of many of our business related articles
  • Photo business advice for your competitors Three people playing the slotsPhoto business advice that is probably best for your competitors - Business advice you'll hear and read, and should know when to avoid. (pt.5)
  • 10 more unwise photo business tips keith in orange hat10 more unwise photo business tips from our collection - Photography business ideas you may hear that are not as good as they seem (pt.4)

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Some of Keith’s personal views about photography

  • Moving back to film photography OM-2n Zuiko 50mm f/1.2Returning to film? Rediscovering old film equipment offers a simpler more direct world of photography. Is it time for Keith to buy some camera batteries and rolls of film?
  • Where is your photography going next year? overnight parking signNew equipment may be fun, but it's making less and less of a difference to the quality of many people's photography. Some thoughts on how to go about improving what you do and just as importantly why you do it. Photography resolutions for next year
  • Photos for architect’s web sites highcross car parkAs an architectural photographer, Keith discusses what photos are for on architect's web sites. Based on a recent interview with a design agency, looking at why many small-medium practices fail to make the best impressions with their work.
  • Making a living from professional photography keith cooper pro photographerKeith Cooper has now run Northlight Images for over ten years as a professional photographer. What makes the business work? and how do you need to approach it in order for it to be far more than a paid hobby.
  • Taxis and your photo business melonsHow business models change, and your need to adapt. Why a ride sharing taxi application could signify big changes in photography or maybe it won't. Think about it now, or risk an unwanted surprise later.
  • Local prints sell Saundersfoot in WalesIf you want to sell landscape photography, then local views will almost always sell better. Some observations about the business of selling prints. Why some things work better and why you as a photographer may not be the best person to ask.
  • So, why are -you- taking photos these days evaluating a cameraWhat challenges are there for photographers in the digital age. Some of the technical and inspirational difficulties for photographers at all levels, and what you might want to do about them.
  • I am not a ‘Canon Man’ keith cooper in seatleDoes your choice of camera say anything about you as a photographer? Does it reflect pragmatic needs or have you been labelled by the dead hand of marketing?

Lighting, colour and web use of images

  • 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
  • Better pictures for your web site curve side view at nightSimple steps for improving the quality of photos used on your web site. Things that can make a real difference.
  • Saving images for web use Old john - sharpened imageSome 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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