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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

  • 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.

Lighting, colour and web use of images

  • 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

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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