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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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Marathon & Sports Event Photographers: Are they freelance or agency/company-related?

I am currently doing my research on marathon and sports event photography. I am looking at photo services such as finisherpix.com and marathon-photos.com. Are the photographers taking photos for these ...
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Where can I buy high quality greetings cards blanks in the UK?

OK - This is not STRICTLY a photography question, however it is related to the act of selling photography - feel free to move / close (there is not arts & crafts stack as yet) I am looking into ...
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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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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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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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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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If you are shooting a movie/photo (non-profit or profit) with a willing person, should you get a contract signed from him/her?

I was wondering should you get a contract signed from the person who is interested in participating in the shooting as a subject.
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Are there any photographers' agents in the UK midlands (not London)?

I'm currently looking for a Photographers' Agent and live in the UK midlands. All of the agents I have found seem to be in London. Should any of them be interested in my work they would probably wish ...
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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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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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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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What is the recommended pratice for publishing a photo subject's name in a caption, from public event, with or without release?

Additional question associated to this topic regarding photo releases at a public event ... What is the recommended practice regarding captions that could include a child's name (minor, under the age ...
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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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What are the legalities of accepting payments as a freelance photographer?

Someone I know has been into photography and has recently expressed interest in freelancing. There are a lot of questions she has, but the most pressing one is how to get paid. I have advised her to ...
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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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How to become a camera dealer for Canon/Nikon? [closed]

I have a small studio. I want to sell DSLR cameras. What criteria is there to become an authorized camera dealer for companies like Canon, Nikon?
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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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How to handle existing gear if you start your own business from financial site? [closed]

I am planning to open my own studio this year. As I purchased a lot of stuff in the past years, all the pro camera, lens, lighting gear, etc. I do not need to buy a lot of stuff to open my business. ...
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Wedding photography business website software [duplicate]

I have been running my own wedding photography business for a couple of months. One thing I'm struggling with is how to create my website so that clients can purchase packages and photos from me. I ...
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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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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 can I find and hire an intern for website-specific photography?

I've built a fairly high ranking site on Google and am planning to expand it this year. I would like to have an exclusive photographer, but would like a trial period with someone before I consider a ...
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Using software/service to schedule photo shoots

Just wonder if anyone uses any sort of online software or service to schedule your photoshoots. Such that clients (and prospective clients) can see which dates & times are currently available for ...
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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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What type of photography sells well to business?

My question is really aimed at anyone who has an opinion or has experience selling prints to business. I focus mainly on urban landscape photography in London and want to focus on selling my framed ...
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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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How to accurately / competitively price prints when digital images are already paid for?

My wife is a wedding and fashion photographer (as well as some family and maternity). We've been traditionally giving our High Res images as a part of the package price to our customers. Now that ...
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Question about selling (licensing) my photos (stock sites vs my own website)

I am hobbyist photographer and take different types of photos such as landscapes, architectural photographs, historical sites, fireworks, food and utensil photographs and abstract and experimental ...
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Who takes the photos for Groupon?

I'm very inspired by Groupon's photography from all their advertisers. They are very clean, professional and elegant. How do they create such a personal photo for a business's advertisement? Do they ...
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How to manage model information?

I am hobby photographer shooting people. Most of my communication with models is done by email but I found impossible for me to effectively manage my models. I need to somehow keep track of: What ...
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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 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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Other than stock photographs, how can I have my photography fund itself? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way for a hobbyist to start generating income from photos? I am an amateur photographer. I have been learning photography seriously for quite some time ...
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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 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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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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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 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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How about a Photography equipment Lending Business [closed]

Is photography equipment lending business seems to worth doing it?? If so what are the downsides in it? What are do's and dont's and the things to look out when starting a business like this? Will ...
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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 ...