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Questions about running a photography business. May include topics such as pricing, legal, licensing, contract, or others.

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What is the best way for a hobbyist to start generating income from photos?

What is the best way for me to look into the feasibility of selling my shots (hopefully including some sort of feedback on my technique) and examples of places where I can have someone manage the ...
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Are stock photo sites a viable source of income?

I'm considering uploading some of my photos to a stock photo website as a way of getting a few $$$ back from what's essentially been a hobby for me. Is this a sensible step, or am I likely doomed to ...
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How can I make extra money with photography?

I have photos in Getty Images, in Shutterstock, Imagekind and I recently added some to RedBubble, but I'm not having the expected results. Does anyone have some history of success selling photographs ...
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Should pro photographers learn to work around amateurs at events?

This issue is most prevalent in Wedding photography. An example would be when a Wedding photographer has to avoid family members or other guests who are aggressively taking pictures around them ...
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How do I know if I'm ready to turn professional?

I love photography. I love capturing beautiful images and preserving precious memories. I believe that I have a gift for this - one which I have worked hard to hone and grow over recent years. I am ...
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How much should an amateur charge for a portrait session?

I am fairly new to photography and have done a few high-school senior sessions of friends here and there. I have been getting more and more requests to photograph families, seniors, etc. and am ...
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What are some good places to sell photo prints online?

What are some good places to sell photo prints online? Is it possible? What aspects depend on country, laws, or copyright restrictions?
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How do I approach bricks and mortar galleries to sell my photography?

After setting up an online gallery to sell my artwork I was thinking of approaching photography galleries in London to sell the artwork. Now the problem is I have never approached a "real world" ...
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How do you determine how much to ask for when someone wants you to photograph a wedding?

I've been asked to shoot a wedding for money, which would be the first time that I've had such an opportunity. I've taken pictures at three prior weddings, two as the main photographer, but not while ...
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How to respond to requests to commercially use one's photos without compensation?

I am an amateur photographer and every now and then, I get an email along these lines: Hi there, I really like your photo of X [LINK] and would like to use it in my/our magazine/brochure/website. ...
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Suggestions for photographers / videographers to best work together at the same event?

I want to get a wedding photographer's perspective on videography. It seems like there can exist a natural tension between the two, as they are both under pressure from the bride to shoot the same ...
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How do I know what to charge for licensing an image?

What's the best way to come up with a monetary figure to charge someone who wants to license an image. I've heard of software called FotoQuote - what other options are there and how might hey ...
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Is a model release needed for all commercial photo sales?

I've seen variants of this question covered on many sites but I can't find an answer specific to fine art sales. I know that I need a model release if my picture will be used as stock photography ...
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What is a photography portfolio, and when would I use it?

I hear people talk about 'building their photography portfolio.' What is a photography portfolio, and when would I use it?
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Is it acceptable in professional photography to accept a meal from the client during a paid event?

On 4-5 hour long assignments shooting events such as anniversaries/weddings/birthdays etc.. the clients have asked me to help myself to lunch/dinner. Is acceptable to do that or will it look ...
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How do I break into a higher end market segment for wedding photography?

Like I believe many photographers, I started my professional work doing mainly lower priced gigs to (maybe) foolishly get my foot in the door, earn experience, and a full portfolio. Now once I start ...
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Should I have a wedding contract provision for actions outside my control?

Should I have a provision in my weddings contracts that covers actions which are outside of my control? For instance, how to deal with wedding guests who 'play photographer' and may interfere with a ...
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Suggestions for a photo sales & printing vendor?

I'm beginning to seriously think about selling my photos online ... as prints, greeting cards, etc. Can anyone recommend a site that does a good job of handling the sales translations, printing, ...
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What are some photography contract gotchas or must-haves?

When preparing a photography contract, what should be included? I'm sure the experienced shooters have examples of things that they always include in a contract or things that they omitted but later ...
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I keep getting asked to do wedding photography - what is a fair price to ask?

This may sound like a silly post...but, I need some "outside" opinion from people who know what they are doing. I took up amateur photography as a hobby a couple of years ago...most of it being ...
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Are there any businesses that will do all of the marketing of photography for you?

There have been some recent discussions about a very similar subject in the chat room, but I thought I'd ask here. Are there any businesses that as a photographer you sign on with them, they do the ...
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What resources can you suggest to help me write contracts?

I realize the best resource is a lawyer, but aside from that. How did you write your contracts for your photography business? Are there resources out there to help me write my own contracts and ...
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What are the most important issues to cover in a portrait photo contract?

I am planning on doing some photo sessions for friends and want to do it right. I want to have a contract, but I'm not sure what all I need to include. What are the most important issues to cover in ...
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How could I make the most money from a sensationalist picture?

Assume I, a photography amateur, took a really sensationalist picture (or small video) for which exists really high demand immediately. Assume virtuall all media companies are really eager to buy my ...
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Where can I get 4x5″, 5x7″, or 8x10″ color sheet film (or other hard-to-find exotic film) processed?

Where can I get XYZ exotic film processed? See below! Background: I've got a 4x5" view camera, and I'd like to shoot some color negatives on it, for printing in a color darkroom that I currently ...
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Are photo releases necessary when using event photos in my portfolio?

Do I need to get photo releases from people in the images I capture at public events? For example, do I need photo releases from all wedding guests pictured in order to use my photos for ...
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What software would help me sell prints during an event?

I'm looking for suggestions and advice on event photography software designed to help photographers sell prints on site using viewing kiosks and a main printing computer, hopefully staffed by one ...
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What is the production volume for film over the last decade?

How many rolls/sheets of film has Kodak/Fuji/the-whole-industry produced each year for the last ten years? What has the revenue been? I've tried googling for the answer but a summary of this ...
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Is it poor etiquette for a second shooter at a wedding to present that work without mentioning the primary business?

I just shot a wedding that I was hired for, and I brought my friend who is also a photographer to second shoot for me. I'm fine with a second shooter using the images they take at my wedding for their ...
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How do you find a location to set up a photo exhibition?

Where can you find a good place to set up a photo exhibition, and how do you go about getting accepted into that exhibition?
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What specifics should be included when licensing a photograph?

When preparing a license for a photograph (for a rights-managed situation where the license will spell out the conditions and terms of use), what sorts of things should be specified? Clarification: ...
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Is it worth submitting photography/artwork to online galleries?

After recently releasing my own gallery of artwork, I was wondering business wise whether or not to start submitting my photography/artwork to online galleries such as Etsy and EBay's art shop. The ...
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How to licence out photos to postcard or gift suppliers

I am a London-based photographer and I focus on landscape & building photography. So being based in London that means I tend to focus on many of the cities landmarks and tourist attractions. I ...
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Using and earning money images from a 10yr old 5MP camera

My camera is from about 2001 and rather limited by today's standards. 5 megapixel, ISO400 at the most, f/8 is the smallest aperture, noise even in good light, a few hot pixels in the CCD, no raw ...
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Starting out professionally in landscape / nature photography

How does one start out to become a landscape photographer as I assume the basics are to make a website, flickr, twitter accounts with a solid portfolio on them. However, how does one get assignments? ...
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How do Facebook & Google's new photography features impact professional photographers?

Many photographers, including me, have moved their portfolio sites to SmugMugPro from private servers/domains. How do FB's new "portfolio" frontpage and G+'s new hub for photographers change how pro ...
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How do you attach asset tags to camera equipment?

For all you pros out there, how do you handle asset tags on your equipment? It seems easy to apply them to computers, notebooks, external hardrives, and even camera bodies, but how do you handle ...
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What are some good places to sell photo prints online, with a focus on Europe?

There's already good links at What are some good places to sell photo prints online? – but they are mostly US-centric, and since I am targeting mostly people in Europe (especially Germany) – I'd ...
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How do I start promoting a children's portrait business?

Could someone guide me as to how I need to promote children's portraits? Could you please highlight the dos and don'ts? I have been looking at setting up this business for a while now but have been ...
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What is a reasonable formula for depreciation of photography equipment?

I've recently started a company for my photography pursuits and am trying to lay down accounting terms on how will equipment be depreciated to help planning cash flow for sustainable balance sheet. ...
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How much pay to a model in a session of photos for stock?

I want make a photo project to send to a stock photography agency, but I don't know what I should pay to a model for signing the model release. Pay by photo, by hour, or in some other way?
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How/where do 'local' newspapers get their images?

I was wondering how regional and local (i.e. smaller papers without in-house photographers) newspapers get their images, for example of an event or award ceremony? I have never seen a paper here in ...
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Any ideas for a photo booth props at a market?

I am putting together a farmers' market/flea market photo booth. I was hoping someone could give me some ideas for props that are cheap and easy. This is just a trial I am running locally.
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As a documentary photographer, do you pay people you photograph?

I wonder if there is a best practice or rule to handle the payment of people you photograph for documentary purpose. Especially extreme cases like, e.g. a child living on the street.
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How to keep track of image licenses sold?

When selling licenses to images, how to keep track who has bought what rights to what images? Accounting seems to kind of track this information, but it still needs some way to to connect images to ...
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A Marketing Firm wants to buy non-exclusive rights for one of my photos, what should I charge?

I was contacted by a marketing firm in Canada requesting that I give them a quote for non-exclusive rights to one of my photos. The the firm does marketing for the company that makes exterior ...
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Billing for international travel work days

I'm putting together a proposal for a client to pitch to their boss, and I need to come up with a per diem fee. I can't decide on a method for generating a per diem. At this point, I don't know how ...
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What items can I write off as expenses for a new photography business?

I am looking into starting a new business for photography and wanted to see if theres a clearly defined list if things I can write off for it. I'm assuming I won't make any money for a while either ...
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Do any stock photography sites pay 100% of sales out to photographers?

I've come over from Stack Overflow to see if anyone here uses stock photography/microstock sites and knows if any of the many out there currently give 100% of sales to photographers? Obviously ...
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Do I need to copyright or license my photos to sell as cards?

I would like to sell my pictures as cards. Do I have to get my photos licensed, or is it better to copyright everything to the fullest extent? I don't want to give up any of my rights to the photos.