For many young photographers, signing with an agent means that they’ve arrived. It’s validation that the dream of a photography career has become a reality and that they have a business partner who can deliver a steady stream of assignments, so they can fully devote themselves to a life of creativity. But before you get too excited, let’s consider how the photographer-agent dream matches up with reality.
How much should I charge for *fill in the blank* type of photography? This question gets asked so many times around the internet that you’d think we would be able to answer that by now. But no, even after several years in business, it seems that most photographers are no closer to answering that.
Do you charge by the hour? By the project? By the day? Do you figure out your Cost Of Doing Business and divide it by the number of days you want to work? That’s the fast track to out-pricing yourself, says Scott from Tin House Studio. In this video, he explains how photographers need to approach their pricing these days to remain competitive.
While photographers hone their skills, brand their services, and optimize their marketing to be more successful, another factor can have as much of an impact as all of the above: their home base. A photographer’s location can also dictate the kind of clients and jobs a photographer can access.
In an alternate reality, I am writing this article on my 5th cup of expensive coffee from the local hipster cafe in town. I have spent more money on hot beverages than I earned and wasted an hour on public transport.
In another universe, I am bored in my apartment, distracted by last night’s dishes and mounting piles of laundry. Both chores seem far more enticing than actually sitting down to write or edit photos. But neither of these scenes apply. Today, I am virtue signalling by working in my public library, warm and focused, and entirely for free.
If you’re a photographer running a business, you know that the industry can be tough. There’s a lot to think about; competition is fierce, and it can be challenging to make a living sometimes. If you work from home, then there are even more challenges to face: it can be really alienating and lonely. So, in the complicated world of professional photography, how can you increase your chances of success? One thing never fails: bet on yourself.
What does it mean to bet on yourself? In this video, Walid Azami will tell you more about it. His three components of success don’t involve hustling and grinding. Instead, they urge you to show up for yourself and be as kind to yourself as you’d like others to be.
When it comes to running a successful photography business, many photographers focus on capturing stunning images but often overlook the power of branding. Branding isn’t just about a logo and a font; it’s about creating a unique identity and a strong connection with your target audience.
In this excellent video, LA-based boudoir photographer Michael Sasser walks you through a few questions that you need to be able to answer to get your photography business on the right track.
Every new videographer seems to go through a phase where they shoot a lot of music videos. Some of us never quite grow out of it! It could be because there are always musicians hungry for videos, or it could be because they offer a valuable platform to experiment and push the boundaries of filming.
But you’re unlikely to make a lot of money shooting music videos, and unless you’re working for Bad Bunny, you can easily end up broke. In this video from YCImaging, they talk frankly about the pros and cons of shooting music videos and why you might want to move onto a more lucrative genre.
Most of us have heard of “red flags” in the context of romantic relationships. But what about client-photographer? Oh yes, your potential clients can have some red flags as well! In this video, Scott Choucino of Tin House Studio shares four major ones to be aware of before you take up a photography gig.
In professional photography, one challenge consistently rears its head and tests the patience of photographers: scope creep. Although it might sound like something from a science fiction story, scope creep is a genuine and frustrating phenomenon that can wreak havoc on even the most carefully planned projects.
If you’re a photographer earning money or aspiring to do so, then this straight-talking video from Scott at Tin House Studio is for you.
American drone manufacturer Skydio is calling it quits on the consumer drone market, according to a new announcement from the company. Skydio says that they’ve made the “very difficult decision” to bow out to focus on enterprise clients.
Skydio has often been held up as a true competitor to DJI, which dominates the worldwide drone market. It seems an odd move with DJI products being banned throughout the USA in many government agencies and other organisations.