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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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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 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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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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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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How do I formulate an estimate for photographing a private school's 180+ K-5th graders and their 30+ faculty and staff?

I have been invited to submit a proposal/estimate for school portraits including 180 or so young children and 30 or so adult faculty and staff. I do not know if prints will be involved, but would ...
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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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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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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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Where could I find a partner to outsource defining photo clipping path?

I know how to cut out images in Photoshop CS5 myself. But I think it's a perfect job to Outsource to get more time to other stuff. But where to turn? Any recomendations? I estimate that there only ...
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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 to ask a photographer for proof of insurance in the US?

I am wondering from both sides of the table, how or what to ask a professional photographer in regards to insurance, and what document is typically produced by a photographer? Specifically I want to ...
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How could I earn money without the administrative headaches?

I have a day-job that I don't intend to leave to pursue photography professionally, but I would like to be able to earn some money from my photography. I've already invested in equipment, so I'm ...
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What should I consider when setting up photo sessions at 3rd party location?

Now that fall is here, I am considering approaching a local farm/apple orchard/pumpkin patch to set up a day of portrait sessions -- where families can come to the farm for a specific time frame and ...
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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.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Standard Real Estate Package

I'm trying to get things in order to do real estate photography, and I'm trying to figure out some packages. For real estate photography, what should a basic package consist of? At the moment I'm ...
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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 ...