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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...