I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we all make tons of mistakes and it’s a way of learning. However, some mistakes are just cute little “hiccups,” while the others may cost you a lot of your time, effort and wear you out emotionally. In this video, Gene Nagata a.k.a. Potato Jet shares five biggest mistakes he’s made as a freelance filmmaker, and they apply to photographers, too. I’m sure we’ve all made them, and many of us still do. So, this video will remind us to stop making the same mistakes and starting making the best out of our filmmaking or photography careers.
Quitting a steady job in order to become a freelancer is a huge decision to make. And it’s not easy to make it. If you’re still thinking whether to take this big leap, Matti Haapoja has some fantastic and useful guidelines to help you figure it out.
Matti shares a checklist that he used to figure out when the right time was for him to go freelance. He also shares some of the perks of being a freelancer, but also a few signs that you’re not ready to do it yet. All this could be helpful to all of you who are still trying to make the big decision, so let’s dive in.
The idea of being your own boss and freeing yourself from the 9 to 5 grind sounds fantastic. After all, if photography is your passion, why not pursue it full-time? However, seasoned freelancers can tell you it can also be a tough gig, especially if you’re just starting. Not unless you’re lucky to work for a company, you’re more likely to get into the business as a freelance photographer. So pay attention to the tips below because you’re surely going to need them.
Freelancing isn’t as simple as it seems. Sometimes, it even involves a lot more work than a regular job. So if you want to avoid the pitfalls that you might face as you begin your career, watch this video by Youtuber NicksFort right away.
Being a freelancer has plenty of perks, but there are inevitable downsides to making freelance photography your only source of income. Photographer Jeff Rojas has been a full-time freelancer for the past five years, and he has learned a lot in the process. In this video, he shares the lessons he’s learned and gives some tips to anyone thinking about switching to freelance work.
Bookkeeping is unfortunately one of those tasks that all creative professionals have to keep up with in order to stay in business.
At it’s core, bookkeeping is simply maintaining a list of income and expenses. Things get a little more tricky when you have to then categorize your income and expenses for tax purposes – but it doesn’t have to be a horrible time sucking task.
In this article I will highlight a few of the bookkeeping accounting software options available for freelance creative professionals, and how they fit into my business workflow.
When I started shooting several years ago, I never imagined I would be able to make my hobby an actual career…however, this career choice did not come without its obstacles. Here are a few things I wish I had known about before I became a freelancer.
Working as a freelancer has its advantages, but also carries a lot of uncertainties. It’s not easy to plan your activities and balance all the projects you work on. CJR wanted to make it easier for the photographers to focus on publications worth working for. They talked to 30 freelance photojournalists, who revealed some of the best publications photographers can work for. They discussed the topics of pay, of course, but other important ones as well, like the relationships with editors and respect for photography. In terms of all these aspects, freelancers recommended six best outlets, as well as some honorable mentions.
I don’t know why so many photographers seem to be obsessed with racing to the bottom. But, for those that are, new Australian startup “Snappr” wants to help you win. Or, lose, depending on your perspective. That’s the thing about racing to the bottom. Even if you win, you lose, because you’re not making any kind of sustainable income.
With prices starting at only $59, it’s certainly not going to make photographers a whole lot of money. Oh, and if $59 didn’t appear bad enough already, bear in mind that’s Australian dollars. This means around around US$45. Yes, that’s right, a photographer will travel to you, photograph you for however long, and give you 5 high res digital files for only US$45.
Photographer and teacher Todd Bigelow is a little upset, although at first glance it might appear to be a little confusing as to why. As a teacher of The Business of Photography, at various universities , Todd has received many emails and letters of thanks from those students who have had the opportunity to learn from his wisdom.
While initially quite the little ego boost, Todd became concerned when he started to dig a little deeper into why the students were thanking him, and it took on a significantly more worrisome meaning.
Working as a photographer has plenty of advantages and you collect awesome experiences along the way, varying greatly depending on your niche. You might get to travel, attend music concerts or sport events, encounter amazing wildlife or meet amazing people.
The problem is that at the end of the day, at one level or another, you’ve got to deal with clients – and sometimes that’s harder said than done.
“Life as a photographer isn’t as glamorous as you might think,” DigitalRev say in their latest funny video, and here’s why.