How to Start a Photography Business - Learn in 5 Easy Steps

by Shaumik Maurya Graphic Designer


First a photography business is a titillating outlook. Imagine doing something Good that you have come to love as a hobby, and having people pay you to do it! Shall we discover then, how to start a photography business together? Let's look at the following five steps and start you on your road to a successful business. We will look at your knowledge, the categories of picture-taking, the business side of things, different processing styles, and finally, touch on the marketing of your business.

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In any business one needs at least a rudimentary knowledge of what one is doing. For a photography business you will need far more than that. If you have been dabbling in photography as a hobby for a while, you will have learned something. Now comes the time for some serious research. Begin to look online for articles, forums, and photo galleries. At least double the amount of photo shoots you do in a week. You will need to acquire more than an average amount of knowledge and skill to succeed in the photography business.

In the business of photography there are two basic categories: assignment photography, and stock photography. In the assignment category, as a professional photographer, you will generally be approached by a client to commission a photo. Whether that be a landscape, portrait, pet picture or an album full of wedding photos, you will, as a rule, be paid on completion of the project.

The Stock side of the business is much more speculative. You will need a large file, or repertoire, of pictures for your clients to choose from. All the different genres of the photographic art should be represented in your sizable stock of high-end photographs. You can build this large file with some of your commissioned works, by using the best of your shots while learning your art, and by going out and shooting during any downtime between assignments.

Now, we must delve into the business end of this adventure. To begin with, a business outline needs to be drawn up. This will include monetary needs, possible investors, where the business will run from, a logo for your company, and any copyright notices. You may also wish to set some short-term goals by which to measure the success of the business. Then it will be necessary to go to the county clerk (or equivalent) to look into rules and regulations, and also any zoning restrictions at your chosen facility.

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A bank account will need to be opened under the business name to keep it separate from your personal finances. Also you will want to look into liability insurance for any subjects that you may be photographing. The equipment that you amassed from your hobby days should be sufficient, but if more is needed, it can always be rented until you are successful enough to purchase it.

These days you have a choice of medium to work with. For years there was only film, enlargers, photographic paper, and lots of chemicals to deal with. Today there is the wonderful world of digital photography. Digital will be the media that will be most desirable for your business, as it is low in cost and easily manipulated on your computer. Adobe Photoshop, and Kodak EasyShare are two of the best programs found online to adjust and finalize your photos.

A far as marketing is concerned, the internet is your best tool. If your business outline allows for it, hire someone to build a website for you. Otherwise, you can research, and learn to build your own if you are so inclined. Make sure it includes a gallery of your best photos, that they are easily accessible, your products and services, and also all of your contact numbers. You may also want to turn to your community, and network places like the local Chamber of Commerce, Lions, or Rotary clubs (and the like), and any photographic associations that can be found.

Following these 5 easy steps will greatly assist you in how to start a photography business. Work hard, and take lots of wonderful images and you will find success in this field.

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About Shaumik Maurya Junior   Graphic Designer

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