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I'm going to be a bit blunt here: your photography isn't the kinds of stuff clients who buy stock/microstock go for. In 2011, the vast majority of stock photography is used to sell business products to business people. And if it's not that, it's used as a source of images to be composited with other images. I've worked in interactive and print advertising ...


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in fact I'd say that if you love photography and want to continue loving it, you might want to NOT go pro. The few pros I know spend so much time on their business rather than photography, they don't do as much of it as when they were amateurs. And a lot of them have come to HATE photography after going pro, as they no longer can choose what and when to ...


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Yes and no. I'm a professional event photographer and I run into this fairly frequently. I don't work a lot of weddings but I do many conferences and other less formal events where there are often other amateur/attendee photographers during an event. A skilled professional will be able to maneuver amongst a crowd including a crowd that involves other ...


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To answer your question, no, stock photos are not a viable source of income. You can make money off of it, just like some people who are able to write iPhone applications are able to make huge paydays; but in general the market is saturated, and unless you produce something that stands out amongst all the cruft, you won't be making much. Think of it in ...


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What you're seeking: "an easy way where I would just upload my pictures somewhere and let it go" doesn't exist. If you want to make money, you'll need to invest time and work in making that happen. Let's look at a couple options you mentioned: Stock Photography The stock photo market is flood with pros and amateurs seeking revenue. What sells in stock ...


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My tips: Don't assume you're good because friends and family say your are. Don't start with weddings. Wait until you've done a few simpler things first (christenings / babies etc). You may be a great photographer when snapping flowers but how are your people skills / planning skills etc.? Try to sell some stock photos or prints in a market. Go for it! Just ...


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It depends very much on what you are trying to accomplish. There are at least 3 broad categories, which I'll try and give some examples. Note that my examples are probably US centric, but the services might also have foreign affiliates, I haven't looked into them all, so... Selling Prints to Clients Okay, so you've done a photo shoot with some clients, ...


21

I don't agree that pricing should only offset your costs. Photography was a hobby before you started making money with it, so the cost of your equipment isn't exactly an expense of your photography business. Instead, I think the end product you produce is the only factor in pricing. There is no reason for a client to have to pay for your expensive DSLR if ...


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NOTE: To some extent my answer is 'US-centric' being as I've never had to price my photography in another country. If you're not in the US, your mileage may vary. Never, ever base your price on what other photographers in your area are charging. You have no way of knowing what their expenses are, and thus you have no way of knowing what their profit margin ...


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I am not a pro ... and I suspect I never will become one. The main reason is: I really enjoy taking photos ... but I don't enjoy HAVING to take photos. I learned this when I was taking photography classes at a local botanical garden. When I was just taking pictures of flowers, I loved it. But when I had to take pictures of flowers for the class, it ...


18

Your only solution is to start an "old digital camera" movement where you espouse the virtues of the very digital look of the earliest digital cameras, and then put on a gallery show in New York with the images blown up to 4 feet by 6 feet to emphasize the very digitarianism they exude. Hey, if they can do gallery shows with iPhone images this should be a ...


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As somebody who is interested in photography as a hobby -- not a profession, and therefore not worried about making income from it -- I first consider who is asking. I've had a few requests from groups I am happy to support: mostly local parks and local wildlife preserves. I know they have a small budget but as I frequent them (often for free) and get lots ...


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I'm a gallery represented photographer and I can tell you what I know. I can see two paths into a gallery, the first is when the gallery owner is already familiar with you work, the second is when they are not. You are lucky if you fit into the first camp, I did. But it isn't all luck. I worked hard to get noticed, I was just lucky in that I got noticed ...


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Yes! But not the way you might hope. In other words, not usually from the type of photography you do as a hobby. Stock photography, like any other kind of paying work in photography, has its own requirements and demands, and is usually quite separate from the kind of work you'd do as a hobby. In other words, it's a job. Like a lot of jobs in ...


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10 years is a very long time in electronics, even the pro level Canon 1D is bettered for resolution by a camera phone these days. There's more to image quality than megapixels of course (I'm sure to get some flak in the comments for the 1D comparison) but I still think you'll be best served by getting a new camera, even if it's bottom of the range, chances ...


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Pricing details, even if you are doing it for free Session details, when/where/etc What happens if you can't make the session What happens if you lose the images Model Release if you want to use the photos to promote yourself Those are the biggies.


15

I make extra money through photography by developing personal relationships with potential clients, and using the internet as more of a portfolio guiding people rather than as a primary money maker by itself. Most of my photography money comes from shooting events (weddings, etc), or from one-off gigs where people want something photographed more nicely ...


14

The key to setting your pricing is to figure out your costs, that way you can make an informed decision: You need to not only consider the printing costs, but also all the other fixed costs: As an example: Costs per 3 years: Camera - $500 Lenses - $1000 Accessories - $250 Software - $250 Total: $2000 Annual Costs: image hosting: $100 website: $50 ...


14

Well, making money on photography is something alot of us wish we did, but its a tough field it seems, especially for landscape and macro work. So, I'll tackle the easy piece of your question first, selling/storefront. Two options come to mind here, but there are certainly more: Roll your own website and use something like Google Checkout to generate the ...


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You absolutely should be paid. And not only that, you absolutely have the right to protect your work. There are dangers associated with offering "free use" of your work, as once you do, you can never really tell how far your work may be distributed "for free". The company you license it to may turn around and license another company to create some design ...


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This is not a silly post in the matter of an amateur that gets asked to work paying gigs. If your work is satisfactory, it is very common to initially have close friends and family consider you for their photography needs. As word of mouth continues, of course even people outside of your immediate contacts will pick up on your skills and engage in business ...


13

Don't do it. The photography business is insanely competitive and it's extremely difficult to make a living. The hours are very long and the pay is bad. Laurence Kim, a pro wedding photographer, on the necessary gear ($4k recommended minimum): http://laurencekimblog.com/index.php?link=140 Ken Rockwell on going pro: ...


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The big question is do you license strictly for stock, or do you also license for assignment? FotoQuote (which is what I use) is 'the industry standard' (self proclaimed though that may be), and truth-be-told that 'fact' does on occasion enter into my negotiation process if I get a balky client: "Well, I don't know Mr. Hip Brand Manager, as you know we use ...


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A portfolio is a collection of your very best photographs. There are typically two modes for presenting a portfolio, namely online and prints. The use for them will depend on what you are wanting to use the portfolio, but let me give a few key pointers. The portfolio probably should not consist of more than 10 pictures, at least for an initial portfolio. ...


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I do have various clauses, 'act of god,' 'exclusivity of photographer,' etc. as others have outlined in their answers, and (assuming you're based in the US, YMMV if you're elsewhere) you should have these sorts of clauses too, if nothing else for the following reasons... Unlike many of the photographers I personally know in the city I live and work, I walk ...


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OK, this probably isn't what you want to hear, but I've been a professional photographer for more than 15 years now and this speech (or some form thereof) is something I regularly give to my students as this question (or some form thereof) is one of the 'top 5' that I get on a regular basis... If you're looking for super general business advice 'tips' then ...


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Your question is about two separate clauses, and I believe they both should be in a well formed wedding photography contract. Exclusivity clauses will point out that the hired professional is the exclusive photographer for the event. Clients take responsibility for notifying guests that they must not interfere with the paid photographers duties. This does ...


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There's some great advice in the other answers. One clause you might want to add is one that specifies that you aren't liable for any restrictions imposed by the venue. If the bride hired you based on some neat lighting effect you are known for, but you show up and the church officiant decides he won't allow any flash photography, you don't want to be on ...



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