Thursday, November 17, 2011
Photo Business Ideas
To make a living out of photography, you need to not only have photography skills, you need to be a good businessperson. Anybody with an eye for original pictures, the right equipment, and technical skills can take a good pictures, but you need to have a business-oriented brain, as well. To succeed in this business, you need to know about financial, legal, management, and marketing aspects of starting and running a photography business.
First thing you need to decide, before even creating the business plan is what type of photography are you going to do? You can work with a broad range of subjects from fashion to portraits to weddings. You could even just be a freelance photojournalist or publication photographer. Professional photography can be divided into two main categories: assignment photography and stock photography.
Assignment photography is anything that commissioned by a client. It can cover advertising of products, portraits, weddings, school functions, and anything else similar. Most of these photographers spend their career shooting on assignments, which is financially low-risk because you know you'll get paid.
Stock photography, though, is shot on speculation, before being sold. You want to get the perfect shot of a specific thing, like an air balloon for example, and to do so, you take several dozen shots that can later be made available at a fair price for generic use. These photos can be used in newspaper articles, brochures, calendars, web sites, and much more.
If you enjoy taking photos, and are good at it, and really truly honestly think you can make a living off of it, figure out your niche. What is it that you're good at doing. Are you better at taking photos of people and events that their in? Do you prefer taking photos of beautiful scenery over people's lives. Maybe you enjoy doing both. Whatever you love to do, figure out what you can do with that passion and that drive.