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How to Start a Photography Business

By Karens Smith

Telephoto zoom lens: for any one interested in wildlife photography a
telephoto lens should become your standard lens.

Now photography is a big part of our culture, something that everyone
recognizes. Most everyone has family photos lying around their house,
many people take these photos on a regular basis, preserving precious
memories for years to come.

Do you like to take photos? Are you always standing by with your camera
waiting for that moment that is meant to be captured on camera? You
may even be taking photography classes or maybe you have already
completed a photography course and you want to share your photos with

The backbone of photography is the camera, the instrument or device
that works on the principle of optics. The camera and photographic
techniques have undergone phenomenal changes since the time the first
camera was made. You can become a photographer in a special field such
as wedding or family photographer. You can choose to make money
taking pictures of things you love such as animals, nature or ships.

How to Start a Photography Business

Do you love taking pictures? Are you considering making some money out
of it? Starting a business out of photography is relatively easy, as long as
you have the right equipment.

You can start a photography business with only a few bucks, or possibly
nothing at all if you already have the right camera equipment. You can
even start your business in the comforts of your own home.

You can probably find a small space in your house or a room dedicated for
your business. That will serve as your ¡°office¡± space.

With the advent of digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras, you don't even
need a dark room to develop the pictures you have taken. All you need is
a personal computer with above average specifications and photo editing
software such as Adobe Photoshop. If you want to make your hobby a
business, you should not only have your basic camera unit but the
additional equipment as well. Of course, you would want your pictures to
stand out and be more appealing to potential clients. You would need
different zoom lenses and camera filters to make your shots clear, sharp
and even have some special effects.

Starting with a few of them will do, then just gradually increase them as
your business progresses. You don't even have to make this a full time
business right away, especially if you don't have a client base yet. Doing
this part time would be sufficient enough while in the start up stage.
Even if you only do this on your free time, make sure you are still
dedicated and serious. You won't be able to get enough clients to sustain
yourself if you don¡¯t take this business seriously.

Since you are going to make this engrossing hobby a business, there will
be some legality that you need to take care of. First, you need to have
your business registered and have a name and logo to be able to operate
legally. Once registered, you can issue receipts and file taxes for your

Obviously, there is professional photography but even in that choice there
are many other smaller options that you have as well.

Photojournalism takes pictures of events to support the news story and
to create awareness among the people.

Do you like to take photos? Are you always standing by with your camera
waiting for that moment that is meant to be captured on camera? You
may even be taking photography classes or maybe you have already
completed a photography course and you want to share your photos with

Nature photography is the photography of animals, birds, fish and other
wildlife. We will be discussing marine photography in a future article,
because it involves specialist, expensive equipment and assorted diving

There are contests in almost every category you can think of; wildlife,
underwater, boats, boat docks, people, children, self portraits, birds,
tress, flowers, and much more. Some contests are not category-specific
but leave you freedom to use your creativity.

Also, it would be good to write a business plan. Having one will help you
identify your goal for your business and keep focused with this goal. This
way, you will know if the business that you start up is worth all your time
and effort.

With your business plan, you can also define the different strategies that
you can do to make your business more profitable. You can change the
business plan from time to time as needed. Having a business plan will
surely help your business increase earnings, as well as help you to find
ways in financing your business.

Your business plan should include your business¡¯ objectives. This is
important because it will help you stay in focus on how you want your
business to turn out in the long run. It should also include a marketing
plan, how you intend to advertise and market your services to get
customers. Also, the price you intend to charge on your services should
be included. You may want to change this as your business grows.

With regard to marketing your services, who else can help you better
than your relatives and friends. At first, you may want to volunteer your
services for free for birthdays and other occasions of your relatives and
close friends. For sure, once they have seen your good shots, they will
recommend you to their own circle of friends and colleagues.

And it will go on and on until you realize that you are now having difficulty
arranging your schedule because of so many appointments. Of course,
doing some marketing and advertising techniques would help. You can
probably give away flyers or brochures to your neighbors. Or maybe post
an ad in your local newspaper.

There are many ways to gain clients. Many people now consider
photographs as a very important part in special occasions. Companies also
rely on good photos to market their products.

Starting a photography business may be easy to do but it should be taken
seriously. For anyone who wants to make serious money, dedication is
important. You should also be responsible for all your actions. After all,
wouldn¡¯t it be nice to earn decent income with something you love

If you love taking pictures and the idea of a career in photography sounds
good to you, just how do you begin finding photography jobs?

Underwater photography is as the name implies photos that are taken
under water. This is pretty interesting since early cameras could not
function if wet. But as people started discovering the wonders under the
sea, they wanted to be able to share that with others or even just to
prove what they actually saw. More on Wedding Photographer Malaysia.

You may be amateur but if you are entering a photography contest, you
are competing with the best of the best. You are going to need your
photos to be excellent if you expect to win.

Another digital photography beauty is the ability to shoot your people or
events and view them ON THE SPOT! This can be done either through
your digital camera¡¯s viewfinder or by loading onto your computer. When
you are shooting special events in your life this is a real plus.

When selecting a professional to handle your wedding photography, price
will be a factor in your decision. While you get what you pay for, there is
no reason to pay more than you have to.
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