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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 external sites that Keith has found helpful. Keith is always happy to answer questions about anything on the site.

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The business side of photography

Running a photography business is about a lot more than just taking photos...

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Sometimes it helps to reflect on what it is that makes your work special - don't just rely on clients being able to read your mind...

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Some external links to info I've found of help

Technical issues

Whilst we have many technical articles and reviews on the site, some have more relevance if you are sending images to clients or producing prints for customers.

I'd always say that colour management is an important factor in producing consistently high quality work. When my files go off to clients, I like to know I've minimised the chances of things going wrong.

It also helps to know something of what may happen to my images between leaving our office on a DVD and appearing in a company's annual report or brochure.

Images on your web site

A few thoughts about some aspects of photography web sites - most are not optimised towards any real business objectives. They are almost like web based business cards.

Your business web site has a job(s) to do, like any other employees...

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


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Colour management - an integral part of a professional approach to your work

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Product photography training - one of the services we offer to companies in the UK

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