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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 does one 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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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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How openly should I advertise my packages and prices?

In terms of advertising, how upfront do you advertise and display your rates and prices? A lot of photographers don't have their packages or rates on their websites and you have to inquire to receive ...
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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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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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Which color for a job interview portrait?

For a job interview portrait, I need to make a picture that reflects leadership, creativity and flexibility. What color or colors should I use? Also, after pick up the color, should I use a tone ...
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What is a “vendor” from a photographer's point of view?

I have seen things like "paying vendors on time" and "your vendors" talked about by photographers. What is this actually talking about? What is a good example of this?
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Shopping system for event photography [closed]

What are some recommendations for a system that I can sell my photos on? For example I go to an event and take picture and give my card to people who want to see their pictures...then in my site I ...
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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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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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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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Which rights to photographs should I retain when writing a contract?

The title says it all, but to clarify, assuming that the client does not have a specific contract that I must sigh or specific clauses that they want added, what rights to the photographs that I take ...
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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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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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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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Can I take pictures at Little League game without official permission or payment?

If I take pictures of my kids and their team mates at a little league or youth sporting event and other parents want to buy pictures from me, can the organization that is holding the event force me to ...
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Are there any photographers' agents in the UK midlands (not London)? [closed]

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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What are some good places to sell photo prints online? [closed]

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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I was asked to design a calendar using my photos, what do I charge for the “art fee” for 12 photos, should my name and copyright be included?

Last year, and for the first time, I tried creating and selling calendars featuring my photography. They turned out pretty good but in the end I spent too much time on choosing the photos, the actual ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...