The first thing that can be said of a studio is that it is important to keep it filled up. With clients, that is. It’s important, especially if you’re renting a space, to make sure it pays for itself.
You're passionate about your photography hobby and it's now overtaking every waking minute. "I'm turning professional!" you proclaim to your friends and family. "I'll get paid to do what I love." First, be sure you understand that it is a business and with that comes with the typical issues any business faces. Find out whether you've got the chops to be an entrepreneur.
Creating a constant flow of work is always at the top of every photographer’s mind. We’ve put together some ideas to help you get more clients now.
Studios can be incredibly expensive to build, and is the reason why so many photographers choose to rent studio space rather than building their own. For this article, I’m going to tell you how my studio partner and I were able to cost-effectively build a professional studio, with a small budget.
Building a quality following requires networking at jobs, creating a positive atmosphere, and careful investment of time and a little bit of money online.
An amazing portfolio can be your entrée into better quality and higher-paying assignments. Along with great work, presentation is the key. Here are some ideas on how to rework, rev-up and rejuvenate to build a truly awesome portfolio.
Taking the jump to having your own fully stocked studio starts with one important decision: to rent or to own your space.
While there are many inexpensive substitutes to a studio backdrop such as a bed sheet or plain wall, you will soon discover that “you get what you pay for”, and that using a nice solid photo backdrop is a great idea irrespective of your desire to cut costs.
Joan Jett didn't give a damn about her reputation, but unless you're a teenage rock star, you should probably give a damn about yours. As Oscar Wilde famously said: “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." So how do you start the conversation? Basically, everything you do or say is public relations.
Picked up a camera to just have some fun and do your thing and now finding that it’s the center of your life? It may be time to transition from amateur to professional. Although advancements in technology have made it easier than ever to take professional looking photos, making the leap into an intensely competitive market, with limited resources, is going to be harder than you think.
That is the question. If you’re reading this blog, you’re already engaged in a part of the process that every photographer must go through continuously in their career, and that is education. Whether you’re an avid amateur or a budding professional, or even a photographer with a solid business, the need to learn is paramount.
Photographers are magicians. They give people only the things they want them to see. The sleight-of-hand needed to making great photographs is only limited by your capacity to see beauty in everything around you. It is the photographer’s mission to create beauty wherever and whatever the location, no matter if the space is limited by geography or economics.
We asked our Facebook fans for one essential piece of advice they would give to new studio photographers just starting out... here are our top picks! We hope passing along these tips can help you get started in your new studio!
Getting a job as a second shooter is a great way to gain real world experience and build a portfolio. It allows you to work under a more established photographer, and provides you the opportunity to learn as you go along.
Don't let your ego interfere with your creative life, creating a wedge between you and your love of your own photography.
Being a freelancer means I’m always working, even if I don’t have work, I should always be open to meeting a new person, going to an event or helping a friend out with a project. This city is run by relationships: if people know you or recognize you, they will be more likely to remember you for jobs.